Ergonomics of Firefighting Protective Clothing: A Short Review on Fit and Sizing Issues

Anna S.P. Moraes, Miguel A.F. Carvalho, Rachel S. Boldt, Fernando B.N. Ferreira, Fernando M. Duarte, Susan P. Ashdown, Linsey Griffin

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Abstract

Firefighting is considered one of the most challenging professions. Personal protective equipment plays a crucial role in protecting firefighters against numerous occupational hazards. Despite the advances in materials technology, current firefighting personal protective clothing is considered heavy, bulk, stiff, and thick. Many studies evaluated firefighters’ perceptions of current equipment. Fit and sizing are frequently reported as issues in firefighting protective clothing. This paper provides a literature review with the objective of offering a better understanding of how fit and sizing of firefighting protective clothing have been addressed by researchers. A review of the main issues faced by firefighters as well as a synthesis of suggestions for improved design and better purchasing as reported in the literature are provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHuman Systems Engineering and Design III - Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Human Systems Engineering and Design IHSED 2020
Subtitle of host publicationFuture Trends and Applications
EditorsWaldemar Karwowski, Tareq Ahram, Darko Etinger, Nikola Tankovic, Redha Taiar
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Pages301-307
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9783030582814
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021
Event3rd International Conference on Human Systems Engineering and Design: Future Trends and Applications, IHSED 2020 - Pula, Croatia
Duration: Sep 22 2020Sep 24 2020

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
Volume1269 AISC
ISSN (Print)2194-5357
ISSN (Electronic)2194-5365

Conference

Conference3rd International Conference on Human Systems Engineering and Design: Future Trends and Applications, IHSED 2020
Country/TerritoryCroatia
CityPula
Period9/22/209/24/20

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Acknowledgments. We would like to acknowledge the 2C2T-Centre for Textile Science and Technology of the University of Minho. This work is financed by FEDER funds through the Competitive Factors Operational Program (COMPETE) POCI-01-0145-FEDER-007136, by national funds through the FCT-Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology under the project UID/CTM/000264, by Fundo de Apoio às Vítimas dos Incêndios de Pedrógão, and by ICC/Lavoro.

Funding Information:
We would like to acknowledge the 2C2T-Centre for Textile Science and Technology of the University of Minho. This work is financed by FEDER funds through the Competitive Factors Operational Program (COMPETE) POCI-01-0145-FEDER-007136, by national funds through the FCT-Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology under the project UID/CTM/000264, by Fundo de Apoio ?s V?timas dos Inc?ndios de Pedr?g?o, and by ICC/Lavoro.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021, The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG.

Keywords

  • Comfort
  • Firefighter
  • Performance
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Protection

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