Global Boundaries

Last Updated: June 26, 2018

Definition - What does Global Boundaries mean?

The term global boundaries refers to the population used to generate a statistical set, or boundary values. Boundary values include the maximum, minimum and other predefined values within a set. Global boundaries refer to data that is based on worldwide populations. This data is used in a variety of workplace situations, including ergonomic design as a starting point for designing working environments that support the health of the workforce.

WorkplaceTesting explains Global Boundaries

In ergonomics, data containing individual anthropometric measurements and other characteristics are gathered to calculate the general proportions and characteristics of the group as a whole. Measurements of height, arm length, age, sensory abilities, and other elements are collected to determine boundaries for ergonomic design and study.

However, this information varies between geographically diverse populations. If global boundaries are not used when creating a product or design, it is important to designate the population from which the boundaries have been derived. Likewise, an ergonomic study should indicate whether global boundaries or a regional subset have been used in the prepared analysis.

This definition was written in the context of Ergonomics
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