Sizing up Australia - the next step is a report which focuses on the evidence and method for developing and conducting the first Australian Body Sizing Survey.
The report is co-authored by WEAR members, Ms Daisy Veitch, Mr Chris Fitzgerald, Mr Steve Ward, Dr Chang Shu, Professor Kathleen Robinette, and Associate Professor Verna Blewett.
When developed and conducted, the survey will measure the body size of Australian workers. These measurements will be accessible to anyone interested in designing for Australian workplaces or choosing workplace equipment from ladders to hospital beds from forklifts to seats in aircraft and cars. Similar surveys undertaken in other countries have helped improve work health and safety, increase productivity and reduce inefficiency. The 2009 Australian Safety and Compensation Council report “Sizing Up Australia: How contemporary is the anthropometric data Australian designers use?’ found that Australia needs a body sizing survey if it is to achieve similar outcomes.
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A Joint ASTM/WEAR Conference on Anthropometry and Fit will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday June 24-25, 2014. Sponsored by ASTM Committee D13.55 on Body Measurement for Apparel Sizing and WEAR (World Engineering Anthropometry Resource), the conference will be held at the Sheraton Toronto in Toronto, ON, Canada, in conjunction with the June standards development meetings of the Committee.
There is a critical need for improved apparel sizing and fit methods for health, safety and well-being. Millions of dollars are lost each year due to poor fit, and poor fit can be unsafe for not only protective wear but also for every day apparel items.
The conference will provide a forum for the exchange of research and standards development based on anthropometry pertinent to the apparel industry and other industries that need anthropometric information for developing products that fit the human shape.
Save this date - Ontario, Canada from June 24-25 2014.
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