This report focuses on the evidence and method for developing and conducting the first Australian Body Sizing Survey.
If developed and conducted, the survey will measure the body size of Australian workers. These measurements will be free to anyone interested in designing for Australian workplaces or choosing workplace equipment from ladders to hospital beds from forklifts to seats in aircraft and cars. Similar surveys undertaken in other countries have helped improve work health and safety, increase productivity and reduce inefficiency. The 2009 Australian Safety and Compensation Council report “Sizing Up Australia: How contemporary is the anthropometric data Australian designers use?’ found Australia needs a body sizing survey if it is to achieve similar outcomes.