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Manual performance and industrial safety.
NIOSH 1978 Apr; :1-83
The prevention of accidents in manual tasks is reviewed. Grasping tasks in which the hands are used to support loads or exert forces are discussed along with tasks in which the hands are used to manipulate devices such as switches, controls, and levers. The dangers associated with protective devices including gloves and various kinds of hand guards are also discussed. The relationship between accidents and physical dimensions, sensory characteristics, and coordination of the hands is summarized. A literature taxonomy which cross references published papers with specific safety problems is included. The author suggests that a hand model be developed for use in establishing standards for handle designs.
NIOSH-Contract; Task-performance; Personal-protective-equipment; Accident-prevention; Health-protection
Task Order Report
NTIS Accession No.
Control Technology and Personal Protective Equipment; Research Tools and Approaches
NIOSH, Morgantown, West Virginia, Task Order No. 78-10433, 83 pages, 192 references
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division