The Importance of Product Safety
When working in industrial design, safety is one of the most important factors to consider. It’s critical that a product be safe to use before it is released. However, the average person may not understand the process a product needs to go through to ensure that they are safe enough for release.
Understanding our consumers
Once we have a product design concept, our first step is to understand the consumer. Who will be using our product and how will they be using it?
With an understanding of our market, we can move on to developing the product. At this stage, design frameworks need to be considered. These frameworks are a structured way to consider the safety of a product, ensure that standards have been met, and allow others to see the process we have gone through to ensure that the product is safe.
HB 295 – Product Safety Framework Set
This series of Product Safety Frameworks is designed to ensure safe supply, sale and use of products. It addresses the sources of risk associated with products, and establishes ways to identify and manage such risks.
Failure Mode Effect Criticality Analysis (FMECA)
FMECA is a process which aims to identify the ways a product may fail, the source of the failure, and the probability and severity of the failure. The process involves testing products to a limit beyond their expected usage, allowing leeway for the product to be misused, but still remain safe.
Communicating to the consumer
Once we know our product has been tested for safety, we need to make sure that all the relevant safety information is communicated to the consumer.
Pictograms are often the best way to design warnings, as they cut through language and reading barriers. After designing warnings, always test them thoroughly with consumers, to ensure that the warnings are clearly displayed and easily understood.
Products should always be safe, and no harm should come to the consumer from using them. By using detailed processes like this, we can ensure that our products are tested to the best of our abilities, meet all standards and expectations and that our consumers are as safe as possible when using our products.
Safety Syringe developed the 3rd World
Britax Integea Helmet by Bayly Group