Problems related to measuring the transmissibility of anti-vibration gloves: possible efficacy for impact tools used in mining and quarrying activities

Int J Occup Saf Ergon. 2023 Jun;29(2):704-716. doi: 10.1080/10803548.2022.2070334. Epub 2022 May 24.


This article takes into account some of the most relevant studies investigating the transmissibility of anti-vibration (AV) gloves. AV gloves are almost useless at the palm level in the low frequencies (<31.5 Hz), while they generally start to have an appreciable reduction of the vibration over 400 Hz. In their use with impact tools, having a low dominant vibration frequency usually between 25 and 60 Hz for chipping hammers and drills, and less than 30 Hz for pneumatic breakers, the average transmissibility reduction at the palm level is 13% (minimum 2%; maximum 26%) when used with hammers, and 1% (increment of 4% and reduction of 6%) when used with breakers. The transmissibility at the finger level, especially in the low frequencies, is almost nothing or produces an increase of the vibration. Other problems related to the increase of the applied force and the reduction of dexterity are reported.

Keywords: anti-vibration gloves; breakers; hammers; hand–arm vibration; mining; quarrying.

MeSH terms

  • Fingers
  • Gloves, Protective*
  • Hand*
  • Humans
  • Materials Testing
  • Vibration