Human Factors Analysis of Visual Distress Signaling Devices.
Final rept. 16 Aug 77-31 Oct 78,
WAYNE STATE UNIV DETROIT MICH DEPT OF INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING AND OPERATIONS RESEARCH
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Visual Distress Signaling Devices VDSD should be designed for safe and efficient use by untrained boaters under adverse operational conditions. Thus, ErgonomicsHuman Factors information should be used intensively to optimize the boater - VDSD interface. Research was performed to assess compliance with Human Engineering recommendations in existing VDSD. For this purpose, a field survey was conducted first, in which the VDSD were categorized. Critical ErgonomicsHuman Factors aspects were established. Secondly, laboratory tests were performed that indicated the effects of selected Human Engineering design features on identification, unpackaging, and operation of VDSD. Finally, the research results were validated in realistically simulated emergencies.
- Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems