HUMAN FACTORS ANALYSIS OF VISUAL DISTRESS SIGNALING DEVICES

Visual Distress Signaling Devices (VDSD) should be designed for safe and efficient use by untrained boaters under adverse operational conditions. Thus, Ergonomics/Human 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 Ergonomics/Human 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.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Wayne State University

    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    5050 Anthony Wayne Drive
    Detroit, MI  USA  48202

    United States Coast Guard

    2100 Second Street, SW
    Washington, DC  USA  20593
  • Authors:
    • KROEMER, KHE
    • MARRAS, W S
  • Publication Date: 1978-9

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  • Pagination: 77 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00191391
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: USCG-D-84-78
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-CG-72225-A
  • Files: NTIS
  • Created Date: May 26 2002 12:00AM