|Document ID (ISN)||110831|
|ISSN - Serial title
||0003-6870 - Applied Ergonomics
|Convention or series no.
||Coca A., Williams W.J., Roberge R.J., Powell J.B.
||Effects of fire fighter protective ensembles on mobility and performance
||July 2010, Vol.41, No.4, p.636-641. Illus. 28 ref.
||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.
||motion; work efficiency; ergonomics; fire fighting; protective clothing
||human factors; anthropometry; comparative study; ergonomic evaluation; motion study; statistical evaluation
||D - Periodical articles
||Ergonomics and work organization
|Broad subject area(s)
||Fires, explosions and major hazards