3A3_0666_ PORTUGUESE FIREFIGHTERS’ PERCEPTIONS CONCERNING PROTECTIVE GLOVES

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Anna Sophia Piacenza Moraes

Rachel Boldt

M. Carvalho

F. Ferreira

Published Aug 13, 2019

Abstract

In firefighting, gloves continue to be an important item of personal protective equipment and must provide adequate hand protection while allowing firefighters to conduct operations. However, studies have shown that enhanced thermal protection entails greater bulkiness, leading to discomfort and limited dexterity, and sizing systems may not be the most appropriate. An ongoing study on firefighters’ personal protective equipment in Portugal has found similar results. This paper presents some of the participants’ perceptions regarding their gloves, including finger length, difficulty in putting on and removing when gloves are wet, dexterity issues, and styles/sizes available in the brigade.


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