||Test Method Pegs Level of Dexterity of
At times, employees risk injury by not wearing gloves that guard
against hazardous chemicals, high heat, or sharp materials because
they prove to be cumbersome and limit handling.
Glove manufacturers working to improve wearer dexterity can benefit
from ASTM F 2010, Standard Test Method for Evaluation of Glove Effects on Wearer
Hand Dexterity Using a Modified Pegboard Test.
In my opinion, the greatest benefit of the new test method is
to provide a standardized procedure for measuring the effects
of gloves on hand dexterity, stated Jeffrey Stull, a personal
protective equipment specialist who is president of International
Personnel Protection, Inc., Austin, Texas, and chair of an ASTM
task group that developed the test.
In many protective clothing applications, he said, the gloves
are often relatively heavy and bulky, having a significant effect
on wearer hand function. In some cases, end users decline from
wearing protective gloves because the glove limits their dexterity
and hand function. With the new test method, manufacturers will
be able to consistently determine how much their glove designs
and materials affect hand function and provide a quantitative
comparison of current and potential products.
Seven manufacturers and end users on a Human Factors Subcommittee
in ASTM Committee F23 on Protective Clothing formulated the test.
The standard is expected to have an impact on bulky gloves used
in high heat applications such as firefighting and foundry operations,
for physical protection in handling sheet metal and other applications,
for needle/puncture resistant gloves used in surgery, and for
heavy gloves used in protecting individuals from hazardous chemicals,
Glove manufacturers are expected to be the largest users of F
2010. The new test will likely be specified in several standards
that are being written by the National Fire Protection Association
for performance of gloves for specific applications including
firefighting, hazardous chemical response, and emergency medical
operations. F 2010 may also be specified by purchasers as the
industry becomes more familiar with the test method.
Technical questions may be directed to Jeff Stull, International Personnel Protection, Inc., Austin, Texas (phone:
512/288-8272). Committee F23 meets Jan. 24-26 in Reno, Nev., and
June 27-29 in Norfolk, Va. For meeting or membership details,
contact Staff Manager Steve Mawn, ASTM (phone: 610/832-9726). //
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