U.S. CPSC and Health Canada have issued a notice of availability for draft guidance on the application of human factors into the design process for consumer products. Deadline to submit comments is May 14, 2018.

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U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada’s Consumer Product Safety Directorate have issued draft guidance to assist manufacturers of consumer products in considering human factors during product design and development. This should improve usability and reduce product-related hazards.

According to the document, the following are the six stages of the product design process. These are discussed in detail in the guidance document, including the human factor activities at each stage:

  1. Product planning

  2. Idea and concept generation

  3. Design and development

  4. Testing and validation

  5. Production

  6. Post-production evaluation

The guide also discusses in detail in Annex B the different abilities that tend to diminish with age that should also be considered during product design, for example:

  1. Sensory and perceptual abilities

  2. Physical abilities

  3. Cognitive abilities

The deadline for comments on this draft guide is May 14, 2018

U.S. CPSC Notice of Availability [1]

Draft Guidance Document [2]

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