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Document ID (ISN)55204
CIS number 91-325
ISSN - Serial title 0014-0139 - Ergonomics
Year 1990
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Abeysekera J.D.A., Shahnavaz H.
Title Adaptation to discomfort in personal protective devices: an example with safety helmets
Bibliographic information Feb. 1990, Voo.33, No.2, p.137-145. Illus. 7 ref.
Abstract In this trial, identical industrial safety helmets were worn by 10 subjects in a tropical environment, repeatedly (6h a day) for a period of one month. Subjective evaluations of discomfort were carried out at intervals. The selected helmet was not ideal, considering the head sizes of the subjects and the fact that the helmet was designed for a cold climate. Results showed a good degree of adaptation to discomfort, heat, heaviness and bad fit. Since adaptation took place over a period of 30 days, it was difficult to draw any conclusions on the optimum adaptation period for each discomfort factor. It is concluded that a significant adaptation to unavoidable discomfort in protective wear is possible.
Descriptors (primary) tropical climate; safety helmets; comfort assessment
Descriptors (secondary) subjective assessment; questionnaire survey; comfort criteria; field tests; ergonomic evaluation; personal protective equipment
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceSweden
Subject(s) Personal protection
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Head protection
Accident research
Natural phenomena