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Document ID (ISN)103707
CIS number 04-729
ISBN(s) 2-551-22497-7
Year 2004
Convention or series no. Etudes et Recherches R-372
Author(s) Larivière C., Plamondon A., Tellier C., Lara J., Boutin J.
Title Development of biomechanical tests for evaluating the adherence and flexibility of protective gloves
Original title Développement de tests biomécaniques pour l'évaluation de l'adhérence et de la souplesse des gants de protection [in French]
Bibliographic information Institut de recherche en santé et en sécurité du travail du Québec (IRSST), 505 boul. de Maisonneuve Ouest, Montreal (Quebec) H3A 3C2, Canada, 2004. vii, 51p. Illus. 49 ref. Price: CAD 6.42. Downloadable version (PDF format) free of charge.
Internet access http://www.irsst.qc.ca/files/documents/PubIRSST/R-372.pdf [in French]
04-0729.pdf [in French]
Abstract All too often, the stiffness, thickness, adherence or fit of gloves provided to workers make them inappropriate for the task to be carried out, which consequently requires a greater effort by the forearm muscles than if the work is done with bare hands. As a result, workers often refuse to wear protective gloves, which has a negative impact on injury prevention. In this study, a methodology based on dynamometric and electromyographic measurements was developed for evaluating the flexibility and adherence of gloves during standardized tasks, and for evaluating how sensitive this methodology is to the wearing of different types of gloves. The tests involved 30 subjects who carried out standardized gripping tasks aimed at assessing the efficiency of the gloves. Findings are discussed, and further research is proposed.
Descriptors (primary) protective gloves; equipment testing; body mechanics; selection of equipment
Descriptors (secondary) grip strength; report; description of technique; electromyography; elastic deformation
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceCanada
Subject(s) Personal protection
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Hand and arm protection
Ergonomics