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Recent research results on human factors and organizational aspects for road tunnels
Published:  14 April, 2010

A priority research programme on human factors and organisational aspects was conducted by CETU from 2004 to 2008. The objectives of this research were to improve our knowledge regarding human behaviour in order to optimize the actions related to road tunnel safety. It aimed at understanding human behaviour in view of acting towards: the user, the operator as well as the emergency service, and the tunnel (design of the civil engineering and the equipment, definition of the operating procedures). To be more precise, the aim was to improve our knowledge of the behaviour of the various actors involved in safety (users, operators, emergency services) and of its determinants in order to optimize the design of the tunnel, the communication and the training of these actors. The main results from this research programme are presented in the paper.