CPSC Issues Draft Guidance on Application of Human Factors to Consumer Products

Posted on: April 23, 2018

As published last month in the Federal Register, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a draft guidance document on the application of human factors to consumer products. The draft guidance – which was published on March 15, 2018 – was developed jointly by the CPSC and Health Canada’s Consumer Product Safety Directorate.

What’s contained in the draft guidance?

Consumer ProductsThe guidance aims to assist consumer product manufacturers in using human factors during their development phases to create safer, more user-friendly products. Human factors integration looks at how humans interact with elements of their environment, and by studying these interactions, attempt to produce “safe, comfortable, and effective human performance.”

The hope is that in incorporating these factors, use-related hazards of consumer products can be decreased, and general usability can be increased.

The guidance document offers insights into a range of topics including the benefits of applying human factors principles, incorporating these principles into the design process, testing and validation, as well as the production and post-production stages of development.

Next Steps

Comments may be submitted on the draft until May 14, 2018 and may be submitted electronically or by mail.

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Useful Information

Consumer Product Safety Commission.  “Notice of Availability:  Guidance on the Application of Human Factors to Consumer Products.”  Federal Register Vol. 83, No. 51 (Thursday, March 15, 2018)

Draft Guidance on the Application of Human Factors to Consumer Products (February 2018)


Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Human Factors, Product Development