Volume 3, Number 10
People wear gloves for many reasons—to protect their hands from cuts and abrasions when working with sharp or abrasive materials; protection from corrosive or toxic substances; or, to shield themselves from temperature extremes, electric shock, and/or slippage.
While gloves provide excellent protection against these and other hazards, the gloves themselves can be a hazard if they do not fit properly. Gloves can interfere with grasping, dexterity, and finger movements if they are too tight. Gloves that are too loose effectively reduce full grip strength, causing glove wearers to apply greater force than if they were not wearing gloves.
Gloves that are too thick tend to reduce "tactile feedback", that is, when gloves are too thick, workers tend to exert more grip force than is required when grasping tools and objects. Over time, greater grip forces usually lead to musculoskeletal disorders of the hands and arms.
Some points to consider when selecting gloves:
Information above refers to a research study conducted at the School of Health and Sport Sciences at the University of Osaka, Japan.
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