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Design and Evaluation of Workwear for Protection Against Steam and Hot Water

  • Author / Creator
    Yu, Sihong
  • People working in the western Canadian oil industry are often exposed to adverse working conditions, extreme environments and hazardous equipment. With a focus on functional clothing design, this study aimed at investigating, specifying and developing improved garment systems for workers in the oil industry. A seven-step functional apparel design process was applied as the conceptual framework and a multi-method approach was taken including analysis of photographic documentation, focus group research, precedent garment observations, interviews and wear trials. Full-scale fabric prototypes were developed by a local manufacturer and evaluated with oil industry workers, upon which recommendations were also provided. This study adds to existing literature within the design studies academy in the specialized area of functional apparel design while providing recommendations for practical merits for oil industry workers and safety supervisors, protective clothing manufacturers and standards development (e.g., CGSB, ASTM).

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  • Graduation date
    2013-06
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Science
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3QD28
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of Human Ecology
  • Specialization
    • Textiles and Clothing
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Strickfaden, Megan (Human Ecology)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • McQueen, Rachel (Human Ecology)
    • Crown, Betty (Human Ecology)
    • Blinova, Vlada (Human Ecology)
    • Lederer, Robert (Art and Design)