A Dexterity and Tactility Evaluation of the Australian Nuclear Biological Chemical (NBC) Glove
DEFENCE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY ORGANISATION VICTORIA (AUSTRALIA) PLATFORM SCIENCES LAB
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This report details the tactility and dexterity of four different glove types, including the Australian in-service NBC butyl rubber glove and Nomex flying glove for standardized Purdue pegboard and operational weapon assemblydisassembly tasks. The Nomex flying glove was included for comparative purposes despite offering no NBC protection . Two commercially available chemically protective gloves the Canadian NBC butyl rubber glove, Ansell TNT nitrile glove were also assessed. Twenty-four healthy male subjects participated in the study. Subjects completed two questionnaires, one on the priority of glove functions and the second on glove specific fit and functionality. Subjects completed either the weapon assemblydisassembly task or the Purdue pegboard task. The results from both these tasks were consistent for all gloves and in agreement with the responses recorded on the questionnaires. The Ansell TNT glove tended to provide the best dexterity scores followed by the Nomex flying, Canadian butyl and Australian butyl gloves. The Ansell TNT glove tended to be the most tactile glove followed by the Canadian Butyl, Nomex flying and Australian butyl. Subjects felt their performance in the Australian Butyl rubber glove could be enhanced through training and by adopting seamless liners similar to those used in the Canadian system. Overall subjects preferred single layered, seamless gloves that had a low impact on task-depend ant dexterity and tactility. Typically subjects felt that if the Nomex flying glove offered NBC protection and had the seam removed on the index finger it would make an ideal NBC glove. The outcomes of this study provide a scientific basis from which a requirements document for a new NBC glove could be generated. It is intended that the most favorable features of a glove identified during this study will be used in future ADF NBC glove designs.
- Chemical, Biological and Radiological Warfare
- Protective Equipment