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Sizing up Australia : toward a national sizing survey

journal contribution
posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by D Veitch, Verna BlewettVerna Blewett, D Caple
This paper reports on the outcomes of research on the use of anthropometric data by designers of Australian workplaces and products used in Australian workplaces. Australian designers were asked how they used anthropometric data, and about the adequacy of data that were available to them for their needs as designers. In addition to a review of published and grey literature, designers were surveyed and asked for detailed information about their use of anthropometric data and about their needs. Thirty-two completed questionnaires were received. Two focus groups of designers were conducted; 13 people attended in Adelaide and 16 in Melbourne. The data indicated that designers either did not use anthropometric data atall or had difficulty finding data that were reliable and relevant to their specific needs. In response to the findings the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia developed a Special Interest Group for anthropometry that currently has over 150 members. The Group is actively lobbying government for an Australian Sizing Survey, so this research is an important stimulus to a major policy investment for Australia.

Funding

Category 2 - Other Public Sector Grants Category

History

Volume

41

Issue

S1

Start Page

4083

End Page

4087

Number of Pages

5

eISSN

1875-9270

ISSN

1051-9815

Location

Netherlands

Publisher

IOS Press

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

David Caple & Associates, Victoria; Not affiliated to a Research Institute; SHARP Dummies Pty Ltd, South Australia;

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Work : a journal of prevention, assessment and rehabilitation.