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Safety is a critical success factor for consumer acceptance of domestic robotic products. Some researchers have adopted the Head Injury Criterion (HIC) as absolute safety norm. However, this norm covers only part of the safety risk. In many cases skin damage (e.g. cuts, wounds, etc) can be a more serious risk. This article shows how to work towards a novel absolute safety measure for evaluating the shape and material choices of a robotic design w.r.t. skin damage. The proposed safety normdoi:10.1109/iros.2007.4399199 dblp:conf/iros/WassinkS07 fatcat:xlf2acdtvrewjmccttgtjjvijq