IRSST - Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail

Protective gloves: Study of the resistance of gloves to multiple mechanical aggressors. Phase 2


Hand injuries account for 19% of all injuries for which the CSST compensates workers, with payouts amounting to $264 million between 2003 and 2005. Close to half of such injuries are cuts and pricks. IRSST scientists have already studied cuts, punctures and needlesticks separately. Yet in food preparation, metal machining and the police, among other fields, the risks are often multiple (both cuts and punctures) or even combined (knifepoint or metal shards), forcing some workers to wear one pair of gloves on top of another.

The complex problem of resistance to multiple mechanical aggressors has scarcely been explored. The objective of this project is therefore to study, experimentally and theoretically, the various aspects of the interaction of materials with the simultaneous risks of cuts and punctures and to suggest an appropriate method of characterizing glove resistance to multiple mechanical aggressors representative of workplace conditions.

The project will expand experimental and theoretical knowledge of multiple mechanical aggressors. It will also serve to develop a method of characterizing the resistance of glove materials to multiple mechanical aggressors. The method will be used to enhance the glove-selection guide on the IRSST site (

Additional Information

Type: Project
Number: 0099-3770
Status: Completed
Year of completion: 2015
  • Toan Vu-Khanh (École de technologie supérieure)
  • Meriam Azaiez (École de technologie supérieure)
  • Ennouri Triki (École de technologie supérieure)
  • Chantal Gauvin (IRSST)