Ergonomic Design of Labor Garments and the Perception of Comfort / Discomfort: A Discussion About Project Guidelines
Authors: Rosiane Pereira Alvesa, Laura Bezerra Martinsa, Suzana Barreto Martinsb
Abstract: Some studies point to the importance of work as a means of social integration. In this sense, the knowledge generated by ergonomics about human factors and activities in productive public and domestic spaces have contributed to this integration. The social relations of work and productivity are mediated by worker welfare, which also involves the use of clothing with attributes that contribute to comfort and risk reduction. In this context the role of the designer is to design clothing equipped with these attributes. Therefore, the following objectives were set: To evaluate the application of project Guidelines in work clothing design and relate their use to the perception of comfort by female employees of the UFPE-CAA administrative sector. The methodological procedures were based on the "Guidelines for the design of clothing for use while performing tasks," in Alves, Martins and Martins (2013). These guidelines had a significant effect on the work-clothing project. It considered the nature of the tasks, the needs and preferences of workers. The perception test during use revealed a prevalence of physical comfort over discomfort in general.
Keywords: Work Clothes, Physical Comfort, Project Guidelines, Clothing Design
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