E-gloves innovation to protect workers from dangerous vibration levels

E-gloves is an innovation designed by some researchers to help solve the problem of excessive exposure of workers to vibration hazard.

Canadian Center for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) had this to say about vibration:

Vibration induced health conditions progress slowly. In the beginning it usually starts as a pain. As the vibration exposure continues, the pain may develop into an injury or disease. Pain is the first health condition that is noticed and should be addressed in order to stop the injury.

Vibration-induced white finger (VWF) is the most common condition among the operators of hand-held vibrating tools. The symptoms of VWF are aggravated when the hands are exposed to cold.

Vibration can cause changes in tendons, muscles, bones and joints, and can affect the nervous system. Collectively, these effects are known as Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS). Workers affected by HAVS commonly report:

  • Attacks of whitening (blanching) of one or more fingers when exposed to cold
  • Tingling and loss of sensation in the fingers
  • Loss of light touch
  • Pain and cold sensations between periodic white finger attacks
  • Loss of grip strength
  • Bone cysts in fingers and wrists

The development of HAVS is gradual and increases in severity over time. It may take a few months to several years for the symptoms of HAVS to become clinically noticeable.

It is on this note that the Nottingham Trent University is developing an E-gloves to protect workers from dangerous vibration levels. Led by Professor Tilak Dias, of the School of Art & Design, the technology aims to alert wearers to when they experience vibrations likely to cause conditions such as vibration white finger and carpal tunnel syndrome.

E-gloves

It is believed that these gloves will checkmate the exposure of workers to a damaging level of vibration, since it will be possible to detect when the vibration is getting to a damaging level.

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