1st Edition

Anthropometry Human Body Measurements and How to Use Them

Edited By Beata Mrugalska, Waldemar Karwowski Copyright 2024
    164 Pages 24 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Today, human factors and ergonomics professionals worldwide contribute to the design and evaluation of tasks, jobs, products, environments, and systems in order to make them compatible with the needs, abilities, and limitations of people. By understanding anthropometry, professionals can ensure that our home and working environments are comfortable and designed with the human in mind. This book aims to show how an understanding of anthropometrics can influence workspace design, ergonomics in the office, ergonomics in the home, and health and safety at work.

    This book discusses the measurement of the human body and human variability. Anthropometry may seem to be relatively simple but the reality is that it focuses on very sophisticated aspects of how to make the products tailor-made to suit specific requirements. As a study, it is useful for a variety of purposes such as workspace design, ergonomics in the office, ergonomics in the home, and health and safety at work. These eleven chapters investigate anthropometrics and bridge the gap between theory and practice. Each chapter is supported by tables, charts, and illustrations, and a wide list of bibliographic references. The reader will develop new insights into the principles and practice of anthropometrics with this book bringing the topic right up to date.

    Anthropometry: Human Body Measurements and How to Use Them will be of interest to students, graduates, teachers, researchers, and general workers in industrial design, ergonomics, rehabilitation, safety, and health.

    1. Anthropometry: The Past, the Present, and the Future

    Beata Mrugalska and Waldemar Karwowski


    2. Anthropometry: Definition, Uses, and Methods of Measurements

    R. E. Herron


    3. Keyword: Body Sizes of Americans

    K. H. E. Kroemer


    4. Anthropometric Databases

    R. E. Herron


    5. Engineering Anthropometry

    K. H. E. Kroemer


    6. Anthropometry for Design

    Ewa Nowak


    7. Ergonomic Workstation Design

    B. Das


    8. Anthropometric Topography

    Zhizhong Li


    9. Anthropometry of Children

    Ewa Nowak


    10. Anthropometry for the Needs of the Elderly

    Ewa Nowak


    11. Anthropometry for the Needs of Rehabilitation

    Ewa Nowak


    Beata Mrugalska is an Associate Professor and Head of the Division of Applied Ergonomics, Institute of Safety and Quality Engineering, Faculty of Management Engineering, Poznan University of Technology in Poland. She holds an MSc (2001) in Management and Marketing from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Management at the Poznan University of Technology, and a PhD (2009) in Machine Construction and Operation from the Faculty of Computer Science and Management at the Poznań University of Technology. She was awarded DSc degree in Mechanical Engineering by the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the Poznan University of Technology, Poland (2019). Since 2018, she has been a board member of the Center for Registration of European Ergonomists (CREE).

    Waldemar Karwowski is Pegasus Professor and Chairman, Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems and Executive Director, Institute for Advanced Systems Engineering, University of Central Florida, Orlando, USA. He holds an MS (1978) in Production Engineering and Management from the Technical University of Wroclaw, Poland, and a PhD (1982) in Industrial Engineering from Texas Tech University. He was awarded DSc degree in Management Science by the State Institute for Organization and Management in Industry, Poland (2004). He is the Past President of the International Ergonomics Association (2000–2003), and Past President of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (2007). Dr. Karwowski served on the Committee on Human Factors/Human Systems Integration, National Research Council, the National Academies, USA (2007–2011).