ASTM WK35278

    New Test Method for Evaluating Whole Glove Dexterity--Tool Test

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    Developed by Subcommittee: F23.60 | Committee F23 | Contact Staff Manager


    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method specifies the test equipment and procedures for measuring the dexterity of whole gloves for human subjects wearing gloves while performing an activity using selected tools. 1.2 This test measures whole glove dexterity by calculating the average percentage of bare-handed control of human subjects conducting activities while barehanded and while wearing gloves. 1.3 This test method does not address all effects of wearing gloves on hand functions. Other test methods include those for evaluating the effect of wearing gloves on dexterity, tactility, and other aspects of functional hand performance while wearing gloves. 1.4 The values stated in this standard shall be SI units except where specific parts of the apparatus are only available in English unit measurements. 1.5 It is the responsibility of the test laboratory to obtain the necessary and appropriate approval(s) required by their institution for conducting tests using human subjects. 1.6 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.


    protective gloves; hand function; dexterity; glove dexterity


    The proposed whole glove dexterity test method was developed by a firefighter and evaluated by the National Fire Protection Associations (NFPA) Technical Committee (TC) on Structural and Proximity Firefighting, which is responsible for NFPA 1971, Standard on Protective Ensembles for Structural Fire Fighting and Proximity Fire Fighting. The NFPA TC recently completed the 2012 draft edition of NFPA 1971. This proposed test method is currently a performance requirement in the 2012 draft of NFPA 1971. While the TC has accepted and supports the test method, it has requested additional information on the repeatability and reproducibility of the method. The NFPA task group that was responsible for developing the method discussed various options for fulfilling this request and conducting an interlaboratory study. It was determined that the ASTM process would be the most appropriate way to solidify this method further. The successful completion of a test method and precision and bias statement will provide NFPA with the necessary information and continue to improve the hand protection for firefighters and other sector workers needing whole glove dexterity.

    The title and scope are in draft form and are under development within this ASTM Committee.

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