The Suitability of Uniforms worn in a Tropical Climate: The Case of Selected Service Workers in Ghana
Keywords:Fabric, colour, comfort, heat, temperature, uniforms
This study used mixed method approach to investigate the suitability of uniforms worn by Police Officers, Fire fighters and Nurses in a typical Ghanaian climate. One hundred and fifty participants (150) were conveniently sampled from the Greater Accra Region and Central Region of Ghana. Analysis on fabric suitability was carried out whilst participants were interviewed to ascertain the comfortability of the uniforms they wear. The study found that most of the fabrics for the uniforms were dark coloured with an exception of white uniform worn by some nurses. The average temperature recorded of most of the fabrics were above 37 oC which correspond to the average body temperature of normal human. However, findings from interview showed low approval ratings for some of the uniforms sampled. Excess heating of the body affects certain biochemical activities in the body thus, decreases the quality of sperms and disrupts hormonal activities. It is therefore recommended that the dress codes of these professions should be revised to suit the weather conditions.