Publications by authors named "Tom McDowell"

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The Experiences of Social Assistance Recipients on the Ontario Basic Income Pilot.

Can Rev Sociol 2020 11 5;57(4):681-707. Epub 2020 Nov 5.

McMaster University.

This article attempts to fill part of the research void created by the premature cancellation of the Ontario Basic Income Pilot (OBIP), reporting the results of former Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Program service users who received basic income in the Hamilton region through a comparison of their experiences related to physical and mental health, food and housing security, financial security, and social and family relations. It shows that basic income led to improvements on a variety of indicators, proving transformational for some. The evidence suggests that when compared to existing income support systems, a basic income modeled similar to OBIP can significantly improve recipients' lives, while at the same time providing a more humane approach to service delivery.
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November 2020

The Efficacy of Anti-vibration Gloves.

Acoust Aust 2016 Apr 3;44(1):121-127. Epub 2016 Feb 3.

Engineering & Control Technology Branch, Health Effects Laboratory Division, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Morgantown, WV 26505, USA.

Anyone seeking to control the risks from vibration transmitted to the hands and arms may contemplate the use of anti-vibration gloves. To make an informed decision about any type of personal protective equipment, it is necessary to have performance data that allow the degree of protection to be estimated. The information provided with an anti-vibration glove may not be easy to understand without some background knowledge of how gloves are tested and does not provide any clear route for estimating likely protection. Some of the factors that influence the potential efficacy of an anti-vibration glove include how risks from hand-arm vibration exposure are assessed, how the standard test for a glove is carried out, the frequency range and direction of the vibration for which protection is sought, how much hand contact force or pressure is applied and the physical limitations due to glove material and construction. This paper reviews some of the background issues that are useful for potential purchasers of anti-vibration gloves. Ultimately, anti-vibration gloves cannot be relied on to provide sufficient and consistent protection to the wearer and before their use is contemplated all other available means of vibration control ought first to be implemented.
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April 2016