Introducing a HCD approach in the development of a health and safety publication for tractor operators

Abbiamo presentato durante lo Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Europe Chapter 2013 Annual Conference il poster “Introducing a HCD approach in the development of a health and safety publication for tractor operatore” che presenta l’applicazione di un approccio Human-Centred Design (HCD) per la realizzazione di una pubblicazione su salute e sicurezza nel settore agricolo. L’attività si inserisce all’interno del progetto INTRAC coordinato dal CRA-ING e finanziato dal Ministero delle Politiche Agricole e Forestali.

Part of the research project “INTRAC – Integration of safety elements with Ergonomics in the design of agricultural machinery”, funded by the Italian Ministry of Agriculture, was aimed at devising a health and safety handbook focused on use and maintenance of tractors, adopting a Human-Centred Design (HCD) approach. The designed publication was aimed at increasing the effectiveness of the information that is delivered to users on injuries/ accidents prevention and management. Through the HCD approach, it was applied a Participatory Ergonomics (PE) strategy for involving users in outlining topics, graphic design and printing layout most suitable to the agricultural environment. Preliminary results have already highlighted a remarkable gap between the defined operators’ requirements and the available publications on this topic. The next step will be to perform iterative tests on real-scale prototypes aimed at verifying the usability of this new publication. This part of the INTRAC project attempts to encourage the HCD process adoption in publishing, thus demonstrating how designing handbooks based on users’ inputs and requirements can contribute to the development of a safety culture.