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Document ID (ISN)107967
CIS number 08-479
ISBN(s) 978-2-89631-147-7
Year 2007
Convention or series no. Etudes et Recherches R-506
Author(s) Vu-Khanh T., Dolez P., Harrabi L., Lara J., Larivière C., Tremblay G., Nadeau S.
Title Characterization of the flexibility of protective gloves by mechanical and biomechanical methods
Original title Caractérisation de la souplesse des gants de protection par des méthodes mécaniques et biomécaniques [in French]
Bibliographic information Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail du Québec (IRSST), 505 boul. de Maisonneuve Ouest, Montreal (Quebec) H3A 3C2, Canada, 2007. iv, 85p. Illus. 47 ref. + CD-ROM. Price: CAD 9.54. Downloadable version (PDF format) free of charge.
Internet access [in French]
Abstract Protective gloves help reduce the number and severity of hand injuries, but they often hinder task execution and require increased muscular effort, which explains the reluctance of workers to wear them. A biomechanical test developed in a previous study (see CIS 04-729) demonstrated some potential for characterizing glove flexibility. This study consists of a refinement of the method and the evaluation of its sensitivity using a larger number of gloves. The findings show that it is possible to predict the effects of a rigid glove on muscle function. In addition to providing essentially the same information as tests carried out on human subjects, the mechanical double curvature test is much simpler, requires fewer resources, is less costly, is less subject to variation and is more sensitive to subtle differences in flexibility.
Descriptors (primary) protective gloves; Quebec; equipment testing; body mechanics; selection of equipment
Descriptors (secondary) grip strength; Canada; description of technique; elastic deformation; electromyography; report
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