A Protocol for the Evaluation of Coverall Fit

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2014-01-01
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Gordon, Linsey
Lastovich, Theresa
Bye, Elizabeth
LaBat, Karen
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Evaluating fit is an inexact science and can be very subjective based on the wearers’ or judges’ preference and perceptions (Yu, 2004). The use of expert judges is the most common method of evaluating fit (Yu, 2004; Watkins, 1995). This paper proposes a protocol to triangulate the assessment of expert judges in evaluating the fit of protective coveralls. Protection from the environment is the main function of protective coveralls The functionality and fit of current protective coveralls is generally poor, and researchers have shown that wearability and fit of coveralls affect compliance with established safety standards (Ashdown & Watkins, 1992; Huck, Maganga, & Kim, 1997).

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