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dc.contributor.authorTaverniers, John
dc.contributor.authorSuss, Joel M.
dc.date.accessioned2019-07-18T11:17:05Z
dc.date.available2019-07-18T11:17:05Z
dc.date.issued2019-06-18
dc.identifier.citationJohn Taverniers & Joel Suss (2019) A user-centred assessment of a less-lethal launcher: the case of the FN 303® in a high-pressure setting, Ergonomicsen_US
dc.identifier.issn0014-0139
dc.identifier.urihttps://doi.org/10.1080/00140139.2019.1626916
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10057/16443
dc.descriptionClick on the DOI link to access the article (may not be free).en_US
dc.description.abstractThe present study explored the usability of a less-lethal launcher from the end-user’s perspective. A within-subjects field experiment (N = 16) tested the FN 303® in a lab condition, enabling optimal firing conditions and in a high-pressure simulated operational condition (SOC). Results showed that the high-pressure SOC, which was both psychologically and physiologically challenging, provoked significantly more subjective workload and substantial increases in cortisol biomarker secretion. Importantly, the SOC had a deleterious effect on participants’ shooting accuracy at a static target at 30 m. Moreover, as might be expected, accuracy was affected, notably in the hazardous vertical y-axis. Finally, the SOC significantly influenced participants’ perception of the overall usability of the FN 303®. These findings, combined with reduced accuracy, could become critical factors during real-life crowd control operations. To the authors’ knowledge, no empirical work has tested less-lethal launchers from an end-user’s perspective. Recommendations are made with regard to the selection, training, skill maintenance, and design.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherTaylor & Francisen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesErgonomics;2019
dc.subjectCortisolen_US
dc.subjectCrowd controlen_US
dc.subjectLess-lethal launcheren_US
dc.subjectUsabilityen_US
dc.subjectWorkloaden_US
dc.titleA user-centred assessment of a less-lethal launcher: the case of the FN 303® in a high-pressure settingen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.rights.holder© 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.en_US


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