What Does Anti-Vibration Gloves Mean?
Anti-vibration gloves are a special type of gloves or personal protective equipment (PPE) that reduce the effect of harmful vibration the equipment or machine transmission to the hands of the workers. These gloves are made by using additional layers of vibration damper viscoelastic urethane polymer (Sorbothane) materials at the palm and finger areas of the gloves. They can absorb a limited range of frequencies of the vibration that is responsible for white finger syndrome.
Safeopedia Explains Anti-Vibration Gloves
Anti-vibration gloves are meant to attenuate the vibration transmitted to workers' hands while using vibrating tools or equipment. However, they have limited effectiveness in absorbing low frequency vibration, which causes hand arm vibration syndrome (HAVS). These gloves offer a little protection against white finger syndrome. Conventional gloves can not prevent such vibrations.
There are several different types of anti-vibration gloves available, but are only suitable for certain tasks and against cold and cut risks. International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 10819:2013 specifies methods for measuring vibration (with center frequencies of 25 Hz to 1250 Hz) transmissibility of an anti-vibration glove, which has vibration attenuating material covering palm, fingers and thumb.