User safety

  • Products are designed to minimize potential risks to children and the elderly.
  • Products are designed to minimize the consequences of misuse by children and the elderly.

Key indicators

  • User safety audit of product components.
  • Compliance with applicable national and/or international safety standards.

Notes and exceptions

  • Minimize small parts that pose a choking risk to children.
  • Restrict access to potentially toxic substances (such as disinfectants) by children.
  • Clearly differentiate safe water outlet from untreated water outlet.
  • Consider self-closing taps that cannot be left open.

Supporting evidence

Young children watching closely as a woman fills a tin cup from an HWTS device.

Children are eager users of HWTS devices. Photo: PATH.