Dexterity Afforded by CB Protective Gloves
ARMY NATICK LABS MA
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Three chemical and biological CB protective gloves were evaluated and compared to bare hands with regard to their effects on the performance of five manual tasks during 14 daily sessions. One task measured the angular force which could be exerted on a cylindrical handle. Four tasks measured finger or hand dexterity. One of these included the use of wrenches and screwdrivers. On the Torque Test, scores were highest when the butyl rubber CB protective glove was worn and lowest only 13 as large with the standard cotton CB protective glove. Performances with bare hands and with butyl gloves worn under the leather glove were between the two extremes and were approximately equal. On all four dexterity tasks, bare hand performance was best and performance was worst when the butyl glove was worn under the leather glove. On these tasks, performances with the cotton glove and the butyl glove were very similar and differed significantly from the two extreme conditions. Because of the great impairment on manual dexterity, the butyl and leather glove combination was judged unacceptable.
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