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A test battery related to ergonomics of protective clothing

By George Havenith and Ronald Heus


This article was published in the journal, Applied Ergonomics [© Elsevier Ltd.] and the definitive version is available at: protective clothing, such as that worn by firefighters, is usually tested only to standards which give requirements for the materials used (e.g. EN469). However, this testing often neglects the effect the manufacturing process of the garment has on the material properties, the effects of clothing design, sizing and fit, as well as the interaction of the clothing with other components of the standard gear for the profession. Such effects can only be tested by looking at the protective gear as a whole.\ud \ud This paper deals with methods to do additional testing on protective garments with firefighter clothing as example. In other words, methods which go beyond EN469. Human subject tests for physiological load, heat protection, ergonomic design, loss of performance, rain/moisture protection and conspicuity/visibility of the clothing are described and proposed for evaluation of protective clothing in general and for further development of standards on firefighters’ clothing

Topics: Protective clothing, Ergonomics, Standards, Performance loss, Evaluation
Publisher: © Elsevier Ltd.
Year: 2004
DOI identifier: 10.1016/j.apergo.2003.11.001
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