Misuse is using a product for a use which is not a normal use.  An example is 
using a chair (which is for sitting) as a stool.  Or, using a screwdriver for 
prying.  Or using a hammer for breaking concrete.  Each of these misuses can 
lead to injury.

 

Identifying misuse for a TV, a laptop, or a printer is much harder, if not 
impractical.  

 

Rich

 

 

From: Charlie Blackham <char...@sulisconsultants.com> 
Sent: Wednesday, October 5, 2022 1:18 PM
To: EMC-PSTC@LISTSERV.IEEE.ORG
Subject: Re: [PSES] List of Common Misuses

 

I’m not a lawyer, or from the USA, but in Europe the term “misuse” has been 
discussed in various REDCA (Radio Equipment Directive Compliance Association) 
Meetings with Notified Bodies and The EU Commission, and their view is that 
there’s no such thing as “misuse”, it’s just “use”.

 

Drawing up a list of possible “misuses” is ultimately futile, as where do you 
draw the line – user manuals instructions telling you not to use a telephone in 
the bath morph into statements telling you not to use a PBX in the bath.

 

My suspicion as an Engineer, is that some companies want great long lists of 
“do not do X” in the manual as some form of defence against mitigation by 
Darwin Awards nominees – but then you finish up with a manual so big that no 
one reads it anyway

 

Just my 2p / 2c

 

Best regards

Charlie

 

Charlie Blackham

Sulis Consultants Ltd

Tel: +44 (0)7946 624317

Web: https://sulisconsultants.com/ 

Registered in England and Wales, number 05466247

 

From: MIKE SHERMAN <msherma...@comcast.net <mailto:msherma...@comcast.net> > 
Sent: 05 October 2022 19:09
To: EMC-PSTC@LISTSERV.IEEE.ORG <mailto:EMC-PSTC@LISTSERV.IEEE.ORG> 
Subject: Re: [PSES] List of Common Misuses

 

Brian -- 

 

Good to hear from you! 

 

Re your question, it is not clear who the "they" is who is requesting a list of 
misuses. 

 

>From my working experience, we (on advice of Legal) usually did not try to 
>compile a list of misuses in the operating manual, on the theory that if a 
>creative user found another (dangerous) misuse that was not on our list, they 
>might conclude that it must be safe because it wasn't on our misuse list. We 
>emphasized how to use our equipment correctly, and what the scope of its 
>applications were. 

 

However, we would clearly identify in some warnings what not to do where we 
perceived that to be a foreseeable misuse. 

 

Hope this helps!

Mike Sherman 

Sherman PSC LLC 

On 10/05/2022 1:01 PM Brian Kunde <bkundew...@gmail.com 
<mailto:bkundew...@gmail.com> > wrote: 

 

 

My company manufactures Laboratory Equipment such as analyzers and 
determinators. They are highly specialized equipment, yet have an infinite 
range of uses.   

 

Even though all known residual risks are documented in the Safety Warning 
section of the manual, they will commonly request a list of Misuses.  There are 
no buttons, or settings that can be changed by the User that can cause a 
hazard.  The operational environment is clearly defined. So in most all cases, 
I am not aware of any "Misuse" that can cause a hazard. For some reason, this 
answer is not acceptable.  We are expected to come up with something.   

 

Is there a standard or common list of MisUses that seem to satisfy this 
requirement? 

 

How crazy are we to get with this?, e.g., don't use the 400lb analyzer while 
taking a bath?  Don't use it to mow your lawn?  Common!!!! 

 

I used to work for a computer company and I couldn't believe the stupid 
warnings we had to put in the manual.   

 

Thanks to all. 

 

The Other Brian 

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