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Ergonomic Specifications for Hand Tools

Proper tool selection can guarantee user comfort, productivity and injury prevention.  Tool makers need to provide evidence of their product’s performance. Buyers must push vendors for proof  of performance. Companies such as Boeing and General Motors use design specifications to test and compare products prior to purchase.

Factors including  vibration, thermal conductivity,  speed and efficiency, hand fit & sizing, weight, balance, and reaction levels are common considerations. Advanced assessment techniques include measuring muscle response, dynamic posture and vibration levels.

Download: Minimum Tool Performance Requirements