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Accommodating people

However, owing to secular population changes, it is important to ensure that the data used are up to date.

Even at pan-European level, there is diversity in size and shape across Europe, which means that we need to consider those differences and apply them in design.

When we know who we are designing for, we can identify data sources that allow us to design to fit a particular group or a broader range of people.

However, with retirement age now expected to rise to 68 years, available data does not indicate that loss of stature at this age is likely to cause serious postural problems in the workplace.

The use of anthropometric data allows design limits to be set for a particular workplace design.

Anthropometric data are available for different population groups; these are data that have been collected by measuring human physical dimensions in a standardised way and with a large enough population as to be able to describe a particular group accurately.

These apply not only to body dimensions but also to the range of motion for different joints and strength data.

This includes identifying whether the design is for males or females, children or adults and the national and cultural background of the group.