ARMY MIL-HDBK-759: HUMAN ENGINEERING DESIGN GUIDELINES
SDO: ARMY: Aviation & Missile Command
DOD Adopted ANSI Approved Approved
Application. The function- and commodity-oriented design guidelines and practices provided by this handbook apply to military systems, equipment, and facilities. They may be applied during any phase of acquisition, as appropriate, where design influence, design, or design evaluation is involved. (A comprehensive treatment of human engineering design of user-computer interaction is provided by MIL-HDBK-761.)
Selection of hardware, materials, or processes. Nothing in this handbook should be construed as limiting the selection of hardware, materials, or processes to items that may be described herein.
Gender considerations. Military systems, equipment, and facilities are designed for operation, maintenance, and control by both male and female personnel. Accordingly and unless stated otherwise, the design guidelines, preferred practices, and data herein apply to design of systems, equipment, and facilities for use by both men and women.
Force limits. If an item will be used by an already established military occupation that specifies physical qualification requirements, any discrepancy between the force guidelines in this handbook and the qualification requirements should be resolved in favor of the latter. In this event, the least stringent physical qualification requirement of all specialties which may operate, maintain, transport, supply, move, lift, or otherwise manipulate the item in the manner being considered should be selected as a maximum design force limit. If such physical qualification requirements do not cover the task addressed by the criteria herein, the criteria herein should be applied.
Manufacturing tolerances. When manufacturing tolerances are not perceptible to the user, the guidelines and preferred practices herein should not be interpreted in a manner preventing the use of components whose dimensions are within a normal manufacturing upper or lower limit tolerance of the dimensions specified herein.
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