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Document ID (ISN)102456
CIS number 03-1447
ISSN - Serial title 0815-6409 - Journal of Occupational Health and Safety - Australia and New Zealand
Year 2003
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Laing R., Holland E., Niven B., Webster J.
Title General adult male population limited for sizing occupational protective clothing
Bibliographic information Oct. 2003, Vol.19, No.5, p.477-487. Illus. 17 ref.
Abstract The objectives of this research were to describe the body size and shape of New Zealand forestry workers in order to provide the basis for sizing protective clothing and other products; to identify any differences in dimension between the two main ethnic groups employed in the forestry sector; and to ascertain whether body dimensions of the comparable general New Zealand population (that is, males aged 16-65 years) differ significantly from those of forestry workers and of active firefighters. Sixty-five body measurements were obtained from a sample of 377 New Zealand forestry workers using direct measurement. Comparisons were made with body dimensions of sections of the general New Zealand population, and with body dimensions of active firefighters. It was found that the body dimensions of forestry workers more closely matched those of the general population of males matched by age than did those of active firefighters.
Descriptors (primary) forestry and logging; anthropometry; New Zealand; male workers
Descriptors (secondary) race-linked differences; design of equipment; protective clothing; fire fighting
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceNew Zealand
Subject(s) Forestry
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Ergonomics
Forestry and logging