The American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC)- the organization that determines safety standards for boats in the United States-has formed a new committee aimed at reducing boating-related injuries.
The ABYC’s new “Product Interface Committee” will “identify and address hazard mitigation strategies surrounding the human interface with boats and their associated equipment,” or, in other words, find ways to keep people from hurting themselves while boating.
The committee’s first order of business will be to review the United States Coast Guard’s idea of requiring manufacturers to install engine cutoff devices. If necessary, the committee will develop standards to address this issue.
The ABYC is currently seeking volunteers with expertise in occupant protection, human factors design, accident recreation and investigation, and hydrodynamics to serve on the Product Interface Committee.