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The transmission of vibration through gloves: effects of push force, vibration magnitude and inter-subject variability

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The extent to which a glove modifies the risks from hand-transmitted vibration is quantified in ISO 10819:1996 by a measure of glove transmissibility determined with one vibration magnitude, one contact force with a handle and only three subjects. This study was designed to investigate systematically the vibration transmissibility of four 'anti-vibration' gloves over the frequency range 16-1600 Hz with 12 subjects, at six magnitudes of vibration (0.25-8.0 ms-2 r.m.s.) and with six push forces (5 N to 80 N). The four gloves showed different transmissibility characteristics that were not greatly affected by vibration magnitude but highly dependent on push force. In all conditions, the variability in transmissibility between subjects was as great as the variability between gloves. It is concluded that a standardised test of glove dynamic performance should include a wide range of hands and a range of forces representative of those occurring in work with vibratory tools. Statement of Relevance: The transmission of vibration through anti-vibration gloves is highly dependent on the push force between the hand and a handle and also highly dependent on the hand that is inside the glove. The influence of neither factor is well reflected in ISO 10819:1996, the current standard for anti-vibration gloves.
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Keywords: anti-vibration glove; hand-arm vibration; handle push force; vibration magnitude

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Corvinus University of Budapest, Villanyi ut 29-43, Budapest, Hungary 2: Human Factors Research Unit, Institute of Sound and Vibration Research, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton, UK

Publication date: May 1, 2011

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