EFFECTS OF PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT ON ANTHROPOMETRIC MEASUREMENTS AND FUNCTIONAL LIMITATIONS

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Authors
  1. Carrier, R.
  2. Menunier, P.
Corporate Authors
Defence and Civil Inst of Environmental Medicine, Downsview ONT (CAN);Les Consultants Genicom Inc, Montreal QUE (CAN)
Abstract
One of the major problems facing designers of military equipment and workspaces is that the anthropometric data they use does not take into account the encumbrances related to the clothing's volume. In fact, most of the anthropometric data collected over the years was taken only on nude bodies. Anyone who has worn bulky clothing knows that range of motion can be severely affected. Similarly, combat boots and helmets are known to affect stature. The magnitude of the changes posed by clothing and equipment are prone to be overlooked by virtue of fact that anthropometric databases often omit these factors. Yet, from a designer's viewpoint, that omission may result in a workspace that will no longer accommodate the portion of the population it was designed for. To provide the equipment and workspace designers with a useful data base, the DCIEM Operational Human Engineering group has mandated Genicom Consultants inc. to determine the anthropometric differences and the postural restrictions posed by clothing and to integrate these data within a man-model software named SAFEWORK (TRADEMARK). This software was and is developed by Genicom and is currently in use at DCIEM. Specifically, the study addresses both the current clothing as well as the new IECS (Improved Environmental Clothing System) used by CF personnel. TRUNCATED
Keywords
Improved Environmental Clothing System (IECS);Man-model;Safework software
Report Number
DCIEM-96-CR-22 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
01 Dec 1996
Number of Pages
110
DSTKIM No
97-02130
CANDIS No
502299
Format(s):
Hardcopy;Document Image stored on Optical Disk

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