Ergonomic clothing design

C. K. Chan, X. Y. Jiang, K. L. Liew, L. K. Chan, Wai Keung Wong, M. P. Lau

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Ergonomics are defined, and the ergonomic principle translated into an ideal design through a uniform called an ergo-uniform. The concept of "uniform" is discussed with the enormous variety, significance and functional properties found in all aspects of life. Five reasons for wearing a uniform are listed and the ways in which work uniforms should reflect the environment where they are worn. The requirements of an ergo-uniform are specified with the many advantages which can accrue from appropriate design. Uniform components include aspects of comfort - thermal-wet comfort, pressure comfort, tactile comfort and non-allergenic properties. Appropriate dress and its benefits are discussed, with a fashionable, up-to-date appearance necessary to promote the image of the organisation. Garment fit is essential, with four contributory factors: weight, ease of movement, pressure on the body surface and ventilation. Colour-fastness is essential, with easy aftercare, impeccable tailoring, quality workmanship, durability and elasticity. The construction of an ergo-uniform requires knowledge of fabric materials, fabric structure and dyeing and finishing.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
Specialist publicationTextile Asia
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Business,Management and Accounting
  • Business and International Management
  • Chemistry (miscellaneous)
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Polymers and Plastics


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