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A new method of ergonomic testing of gloves protecting against cuts and stabs during knife use.

Abstract The paper presents a new method of ergonomic evaluation of gloves protecting against cuts and stabs during knife use, consisting of five manual dexterity tests. Two of them were selected based on the available literature and relevant safety standards, and three were developed by the authors. All of the tests were designed to simulate occupational tasks associated with meat processing as performed by the gloved hand in actual workplaces. The tests involved the three most common types of protective gloves (knitted gloves made of a coverspun yarn, metal mesh gloves, and metal mesh gloves with an ergonomic polyurethane tightener) and were conducted on a group of 20 males. The loading on the muscles of the upper limb (adductor pollicis, flexor carpi ulnaris, flexor carpi radialis, and biceps brachii) was measured using surface electromyography. For the obtained muscle activity values, correlations were found between the glove type and loading of the upper limb. ANOVA showed that the activity of all muscles differed significantly between the five tests. A relationship between glove types and electromyographic results was confirmed at a significance level of α = 0.05.
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Authors

Mayor MeshTerms

Gloves, Protective

Keywords

EMG

Manual dexterity tests

Protection from cuts and stabs during knife use

Protective gloves

Simulation of workplace conditions

Journal Title applied ergonomics
Publication Year Start




PMID- 28237009
OWN - NLM
STAT- MEDLINE
DA  - 20170226
DCOM- 20170310
LR  - 20170310
IS  - 1872-9126 (Electronic)
IS  - 0003-6870 (Linking)
VI  - 61
DP  - 2017 May
TI  - A new method of ergonomic testing of gloves protecting against cuts and stabs
      during knife use.
PG  - 102-114
LID - S0003-6870(17)30008-X [pii]
LID - 10.1016/j.apergo.2017.01.002 [doi]
AB  - The paper presents a new method of ergonomic evaluation of gloves protecting
      against cuts and stabs during knife use, consisting of five manual dexterity
      tests. Two of them were selected based on the available literature and relevant
      safety standards, and three were developed by the authors. All of the tests were 
      designed to simulate occupational tasks associated with meat processing as
      performed by the gloved hand in actual workplaces. The tests involved the three
      most common types of protective gloves (knitted gloves made of a coverspun yarn, 
      metal mesh gloves, and metal mesh gloves with an ergonomic polyurethane
      tightener) and were conducted on a group of 20 males. The loading on the muscles 
      of the upper limb (adductor pollicis, flexor carpi ulnaris, flexor carpi
      radialis, and biceps brachii) was measured using surface electromyography. For
      the obtained muscle activity values, correlations were found between the glove
      type and loading of the upper limb. ANOVA showed that the activity of all muscles
      differed significantly between the five tests. A relationship between glove types
      and electromyographic results was confirmed at a significance level of alpha =
      0.05.
CI  - Copyright (c) 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
FAU - Irzmanska, Emilia
AU  - Irzmanska E
AD  - Central Institute for Labour Protection, National Research Institute, Department 
      of Personal Protective Equipment, Wierzbowa 48, Lodz 90-133, Poland. Electronic
      address: [email protected]
FAU - Tokarski, Tomasz
AU  - Tokarski T
AD  - Central Institute for Labour Protection, National Research Institute, Department 
      of Ergonomics, Biomechanics Laboratory, Ul. Czerniakowska 16, 00-701 Warszawa,
      Poland. Electronic address: [email protected]
LA  - eng
PT  - Journal Article
DEP - 20170201
PL  - England
TA  - Appl Ergon
JT  - Applied ergonomics
JID - 0261412
SB  - IM
MH  - Adult
MH  - Electromyography
MH  - *Gloves, Protective
MH  - Hand/physiology
MH  - Hand Injuries/*prevention & control
MH  - Human Engineering/*methods
MH  - Humans
MH  - Lacerations/prevention & control
MH  - Male
MH  - Materials Testing/*methods
MH  - Meat-Packing Industry
MH  - Muscle, Skeletal/*physiology
MH  - Occupational Health
MH  - Task Performance and Analysis
MH  - Upper Extremity/physiology
MH  - Wounds, Stab/prevention & control
MH  - Young Adult
OTO - NOTNLM
OT  - EMG
OT  - Manual dexterity tests
OT  - Protection from cuts and stabs during knife use
OT  - Protective gloves
OT  - Simulation of workplace conditions
EDAT- 2017/02/27 06:00
MHDA- 2017/03/11 06:00
CRDT- 2017/02/27 06:00
PHST- 2016/02/04 [received]
PHST- 2017/01/06 [revised]
PHST- 2017/01/09 [accepted]
AID - S0003-6870(17)30008-X [pii]
AID - 10.1016/j.apergo.2017.01.002 [doi]
PST - ppublish
SO  - Appl Ergon. 2017 May;61:102-114. doi: 10.1016/j.apergo.2017.01.002. Epub 2017 Feb
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