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Document ID (ISN)110831
CIS number 10-0397
ISSN - Serial title 0003-6870 - Applied Ergonomics
Year 2010
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Coca A., Williams W.J., Roberge R.J., Powell J.B.
Title Effects of fire fighter protective ensembles on mobility and performance
Bibliographic information July 2010, Vol.41, No.4, p.636-641. Illus. 28 ref.
Abstract Many studies have shown that fire fighter turnout gear and equipment may restrict mobility. The restriction of movement is usually due to a decrease in range of motion (ROM). It is important to know how much the decrease in ROM affects performance. The aim of this study was to determine the effects of fire fighter protective ensembles on mobility and performance by measuring static and dynamic range ROM and job-related tasks. Eight healthy adults participated in the study which consisted of measuring a battery of motions and fire fighter specific tasks while wearing a standard fire fighter ensemble or regular light clothing (baseline). The overall findings support the need for a comprehensive ergonomic evaluation of protective clothing systems to ascertain human factors issues.
Descriptors (primary) motion; work efficiency; ergonomics; fire fighting; protective clothing
Descriptors (secondary) human factors; anthropometry; comparative study; ergonomic evaluation; motion study; statistical evaluation
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Ergonomics and work organization
Broad subject area(s) Fires, explosions and major hazards
Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Ergonomics
Protective clothing