Methodology for evaluating gloves in relation to the effects on hand performance capabilities: a literature review

Iman Dianat, Christine M. Haslegrave, Alex W. Stedmon

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    Abstract

    The present study was conducted to review the literature on the methods that have been considered appropriate for evaluation of the effects of gloves on different aspects of hand performance, to make recommendations for the testing and assessment of gloves, and to identify where further research is needed to improve the evaluation protocols. Eighty-five papers meeting the criteria for inclusion were reviewed. Many studies show that gloves may have negative effects on manual dexterity, tactile sensitivity, handgrip strength, muscle activity and fatigue and comfort, while further research is needed to determine glove effects on pinch strength, forearm torque strength and range of finger and wrist movements. The review also highlights several methodological issues (including consideration of both task type and duration of glove use by workers, guidance on the selection and allocation of suitable glove(s) for particular tasks/jobs, and glove design features) that need to be considered in future research.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1429-1451
    JournalErgonomics
    Volume55
    Issue number11
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2012

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    Keywords

    • glove
    • strength
    • dexterity
    • tactile sensitivity
    • wrist posture
    • muscle activity and fatigue

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