Anthropometric Indices in the Philippines for Manufacturing Workers
This chapter discusses anthropometry among Filipino manufacturing workers and its application to the design of the workstation and personal protective equipment. The anthropometry is also discussed as to its importance to the prevention of work-related health problems. The data on anthropometry was taken from a study of the author of 1,805 manufacturing workers who were measured for their anthropometry and given survey questionnaires related to work hazards and illnesses. The study showed that those with poor posture were twice more likely to report exhaustion. The walk through survey revealed that workers assumed poor posture because of non- anthropometrically designed work equipment. Backache was common among assembly line workers because of the lack of application of ergonomics in workstation design and incorrect biomechanics. This chapter concludes by emphasizing the importance of anthropometry to workstation design, personal protective equipment design, worker’s quality of work life, and prevention of work-related illnesses such as musculoskeletal disorders.
KeywordsAnthropometric Data Personal Protective Equipment Ergonomic Design Ergonomic Measure Workstation Design
Personal protective equipment
Body mass index
Diastolic blood pressure
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