Anthropometric study of Portuguese workers

By Barroso, M.P.; Arezes, P.M.; Da Costa, L.G.; Miguel, A.S.

International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics



In spite of the importance of anthropometric data, namely in what concerns the design of machinery safety devices and protective equipment, there is not as yet an extended and validated database of anthropometric measures for adult Portuguese population. The study described here consists of the development of a procedure for data acquisition and of an anthropometric database for Portuguese adult workers. Eight hundred and ninety-one individuals were measured— 399 female and 492 male, with ages ranging from 17 to 65 years old. A set of 24 static anthropometric measures plus body weight was obtained for each individual. Results of the pilot study undertaken and the practical application of the procedure suggest that this is a valid one for anthropometric data acquisition. Additionally, the statistical analysis carried out to the data show that some statistical parameters, such as the variation and correlation coefficients, behave as expected, and as observed in other populations.


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