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Recommendations for Content Revision and Alternate Delivery Modes for the Human Engineering Guide to Equipment Design (HEGED)

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As its meeting on October 4-6, 1983, the Department of Defense Human Factors Engineering Technical Advisory Group HFE-TAG recommended that the National Research Council consider the need for and an approach to revising the Human Engineering Guide to Equipment Design HEGED. At the November 1983 meeting of the Committee on Human Factors, the Air Force representative of HFE- TAG requested the committees advice on whether a revision of the Guide was appropriate and, if so, what its general contents and format should be for the greatest availability to users. The committee does not feel it can undertake or supervise the work of revision. However, it shows willingness to prepare recommendations on the format and content of such a revision, as well as its desire to suggest some possibilities for alternate forms of publication. The purpose of the Guide is to assist designers, engineers, human factors specialists, researchers, system developers, and others in the understanding and application of human factors engineering principles. Since its last publication in 1972, extensive additional useful data and technological innovations have been generated. The committee suggests that the Guide be revised under the guidance of an editorial board. This letter covers suggested areas of coverage and suggests that NRC would make the information available to the general scientific and technical community and should be enabled to receive inputs from thsi community. In addition, there should be organizations within the military services and other government agencies responsible for maintaining access appropriate to their special needs.

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  • Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems

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