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Multiple anthropometric and strength measurement devices are available in the Occupational Safety and Ergonomics laboratories. The equipment is used to collect body measurement data needed for human-compatible workstation and equipment design. The hand grip dynamometers and pinch grip gauges give accurate grip strength readings without the subject being able to "feel" the handle move. These measurement devices are used in psychophysical experiments to estimate the manual forces required to perform various manual tasks and to measure subject strength capabilities.
This equipment is utilized in an undergraduate student laboratory exercise for INSY 3021. The objective of this exercise is for the student to gain practical experience in collecting anthropometric data using the appropriate equipment and proper techniques. Furthermore, the students gain an understanding of the application of this information to the design of real world items that people use. They also gain an appreciation for how individual differences in size and capability can impact workstation effectiveness.