Anthropometrics and Workspace Design

Anthropometry is a major component of the total systems point of view that is a hallmark of good human factors or ergonomics practice.

John A. Roebuck, Jr.1995


The measurement of human physical characteristics is called anthropometrics, and engineering anthropometry refers to the design of equipment, tasks, and workspaces so that they are compatible with the physical characteristics of the people who will be using them (Kroemer, Kroemer, & Kroemer-Elbert, 2010). The reach envelope discussed in Chapter 15 is an example of how human factors specialists use anthropometric data. Designing the envelope around the 5th percentile for reach distance ensures that 95% of potential users can ...

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