Richard Graveling from the Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors explains the importance of ensuring that the personal protective equipment (PPE) chosen fits and suits the wearer.

We do not expect everyone to wear the same size clothes, so why buy one model of PPE for everybody? We should consider the ergonomics of PPE – comfort, size and shape – but also individual perception of risk.

To many people, ergonomics is about how they sit at their desk or the layout of the controls in their car. The reality is very different and, although how people sit and work is important – as is how their workplace is designed to enable them to do that correctly – the science of ergonomics is much more far-reaching. Many major accidents attributed to ‘human error’ stem from poor ergonomic design.

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