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Checklist for Household Appliances

No significant benefits No significant benefits
Minor benefits Minor benefits
Major benefits Major benefits
User Groups
Visual
Hearing
Physical
Cognitive
Ageing
           
Keypad / Controls          

There is good visual contrast between the keys and appliance

Major benefits visual
No significant benefits hearing
No significant benefits physical
No significant benefits cognitive
Minor benefits ageing
Key tops are convex, or flat with a raised edge
Minor benefits visual
No significant benefits hearing
Major benefits physical
No significant benefits cognitive
Minor benefits ageing
Keys should be as large as possible without reducing the distance between the keys to less than half the key width
Minor benefits visual
No significant benefits hearing
Major benefits physical
No significant benefits cognitive
Minor benefits ageing
Keys should be internally illuminated without reducing legibility
Major benefits visual
No significant benefits hearing
Minor benefits physical
No significant benefits cognitive
Minor benefits ageing
Any visual marking on keys is clear, large and of high contrast
Major benefits visual
No significant benefits hearing
No significant benefits physical
No significant benefits cognitive
Minor benefits ageing
The pressure to activate a key is between 0.5 and 1 Newton
No significant benefits visual
No significant benefits hearing
Major benefits physical
No significant benefits cognitive
Minor benefits ageing
There is auditory feedback of control activation
Major benefits visual
No significant benefits hearing
No significant benefits physical
Minor benefits cognitive
Minor benefits ageing
There is tactile feedback of control activation
Major benefits visual
Minor benefits hearing
No significant benefits physical
No significant benefits cognitive
Minor benefits ageing
There is a clearly labelled reset control
Minor benefits visual
Minor benefits hearing
No significant benefits physical
Major benefits cognitive
Minor benefits ageing
Buttons or keys have tactile markings
Major benefits visual
No significant benefits hearing
No significant benefits physical
No significant benefits cognitive
Minor benefits ageing
Buttons or keys are large and easily identifiable
Major benefits visual
No significant benefits hearing
Major benefits physical
Minor benefits cognitive
Minor benefits ageing
Buttons or keys are operable with one hand
No significant benefits visual
No significant benefits hearing
Major benefits physical
No significant benefits cognitive
Minor benefits ageing
           
Displays          
The typeface is clear and legible
Major benefits visual
No significant benefits hearing
No significant benefits physical
Minor benefits cognitive
Minor benefits ageing
There is good colour contrast
Major benefits visual
No significant benefits hearing
No significant benefits physical
Minor benefits cognitive
Minor benefits ageing
There is no scrolling or flashing text
Major benefits visual
No significant benefits hearing
No significant benefits physical
Minor benefits cognitive
Minor benefits ageing
There is minimal visual flicker or image flashing
Major benefits visual
No significant benefits hearing
No significant benefits physical
Minor benefits cognitive
Minor benefits ageing
Glare is minimised on the display and control surfaces
Major benefits visual
No significant benefits hearing
Minor benefits physical
Minor benefits cognitive
Minor benefits ageing
The font size can be increased
Major benefits visual
No significant benefits hearing
No significant benefits physical
Minor benefits cognitive
Minor benefits ageing
Text is in upper and lower case
Major benefits visual
No significant benefits hearing
No significant benefits physical
Minor benefits cognitive
Minor benefits ageing
Red/Green and Blue/Yellow colour combinations are avoided
Major benefits visual
No significant benefits hearing
No significant benefits physical
No significant benefits cognitive
Minor benefits ageing
           
Instruction Manuals / Documentation          
Simple, clear and concise language is used
Major benefits visual
No significant benefits hearing
No significant benefits physical
Minor benefits cognitive
Minor benefits ageing
There is a table of contents and a good index
Major benefits visual
No significant benefits hearing
No significant benefits physical
Major benefits cognitive
Minor benefits ageing
Instructions are task orientated
Minor benefits visual
No significant benefits hearing
No significant benefits physical
Major benefits cognitive
Minor benefits ageing
Instructions are provided in alternate formats
Major benefits visual
No significant benefits hearing
No significant benefits physical
Minor benefits cognitive
Minor benefits ageing
Documentation is provided in alternate modes of delivery (e.g. fax, Internet, email)
Major benefits visual
No significant benefits hearing
No significant benefits physical
Minor benefits cognitive
Minor benefits ageing
The typeface is clear and legible
Major benefits visual
No significant benefits hearing
No significant benefits physical
Minor benefits cognitive
Minor benefits ageing
Information given in pictures is also explained in the text
Major benefits visual
No significant benefits hearing
No significant benefits physical
Major benefits cognitive
Minor benefits ageing
Pictures are provided to explain text
No significant benefits visual
No significant benefits hearing
No significant benefits physical
Major benefits cognitive
Minor benefits ageing
Alternative help facilities are provided
Major benefits visual
No significant benefits hearing
No significant benefits physical
Minor benefits cognitive
Minor benefits ageing
           
Labelling          
Symbols are accompanied by text
Major benefits visual
No significant benefits hearing
No significant benefits physical
Major benefits cognitive
Minor benefits ageing
Symbols are easily recognisable
Major benefits visual
No significant benefits hearing
No significant benefits physical
Major benefits cognitive
Minor benefits ageing
Text and background colours have high contrast
Major benefits visual
No significant benefits hearing
No significant benefits physical
Minor benefits cognitive
Minor benefits ageing
The typeface is clear and legible
Major benefits visual
No significant benefits hearing
No significant benefits physical
Minor benefits cognitive
Minor benefits ageing
The typeface size and weight are suitable
Major benefits visual
No significant benefits hearing
No significant benefits physical
Minor benefits cognitive
Minor benefits ageing
Text is in upper and lower case
Major benefits visual
No significant benefits hearing
No significant benefits physical
Minor benefits cognitive
Minor benefits ageing
           
Washing machines          
Minimum strength is needed to open and close the door
No significant benefits visual
No significant benefits hearing
Major benefits physical
No significant benefits cognitive
Minor benefits ageing
Controls are easy to grip and turn
Minor benefits visual
No significant benefits hearing
Major benefits physical
No significant benefits cognitive
Minor benefits ageing
The door opens flat or as wide as possible for maximum access
Minor benefits visual
No significant benefits hearing
Major benefits physical
No significant benefits cognitive
Minor benefits ageing
The dome in the door does not provide an obstruction to access
Minor benefits visual
No significant benefits hearing
Major benefits physical
No significant benefits cognitive
Minor benefits ageing
Wheels are added for ease of moving top loader machines
Minor benefits visual
Minor benefits hearing
Major benefits physical
Minor benefits cognitive
Minor benefits ageing
The door handle or button is easily activated
No significant benefits visual
No significant benefits hearing
Major benefits physical
No significant benefits cognitive
Minor benefits ageing
The drawer for the soap powder is fairly large and easily located
Major benefits visual
No significant benefits hearing
Major benefits physical
No significant benefits cognitive
Minor benefits ageing
Noise emmission is at a minimum level
No significant benefits visual
Major benefits hearing
No significant benefits physical
No significant benefits cognitive
Minor benefits ageing
           
Tumble driers          
Minimum strength is needed to open and close the door
No significant benefits visual
No significant benefits hearing
Major benefits physical
No significant benefits cognitive
Minor benefits ageing
Timer and heat controls are easy to grip and turn
Minor benefits visual
No significant benefits hearing
Major benefits physical
No significant benefits cognitive
Minor benefits ageing
The door opens wide for maximum access
Minor benefits visual
No significant benefits hearing
Major benefits physical
No significant benefits cognitive
Minor benefits ageing
The door handle or button is easily activated
No significant benefits visual
No significant benefits hearing
Major benefits physical
No significant benefits cognitive
Minor benefits ageing
Noise emmission is at a minimum level
No significant benefits visual
Major benefits hearing
No significant benefits physical
No significant benefits cognitive
Minor benefits ageing
           
Microwaves          
Minimum strength is needed to open and close the door
No significant benefits visual
No significant benefits hearing
Major benefits physical
No significant benefits cognitive
Minor benefits ageing
The door handle or button is easily activated
No significant benefits visual
No significant benefits hearing
Major benefits physical
No significant benefits cognitive
Minor benefits ageing
The turntable is small and light or easy to remove
Minor benefits visual
No significant benefits hearing
Major benefits physical
No significant benefits cognitive
Minor benefits ageing
The front edge is smooth so as not to hinder the transfer of dishes in and out
Minor benefits visual
No significant benefits hearing
Major benefits physical
No significant benefits cognitive
Minor benefits ageing

Checklist for Controls
Checklist for Displays
Checklist for Keys