Hand Safety Spotlight

The human hand is one of the most important tools in the workplace, as well as one of the most common areas of workplace injury. While new requirements have been put into place in support of PPE standards for hand protection from hazards such as cuts and chemical exposure, there hasn’t been a standardized test to protect the hand from the various impact hazards some work environments present. 

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Earlier this year, Ringers Gloves was acquired by Ansell, adding specialty impact gloves for oil, gas, and the industrial sector to Ansell’s diverse collection of personal protective equipment offerings. For the first time since our acquisition by Ansell, we attended the 2019 National Safety Congress Expo and showcased our joint portfolio of personal protective equipment.         

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Two key elements of glove performance involve protection and dexterity. While it is important to find a glove that will provide the proper hand protection, it is equally important to select a glove that allows for dexterity so you won’t be tempted to work without gloves. Dexterity gloves work with your hands, providing flexibility and comfort while you work.

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Hand Safety and Equipment professionals know that the workplace can create many hand hazards.  Risks can include chemical burns, cuts, broken bones, and much more.  It is vital for managers to be aware of the risks that lurk in their environments and provide proper protection against them.  However, with all the gloves in the market, it can become a daunting task to understand which gloves will best protect the hands of their employees.

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For many companies, the challenge has been to adequately evaluate the impact protection that is offered in the marketplace as no appropriate standard effectively measures impact performance. That is about to change. This year, the ISEA (International Safety Equipment Association) will work towards the adoption of a new impact standard that will establish a reliable way to evaluate and assess the quality of impact protection within a glove.  If you’re unsure about these changes – don’t worry. We’ve created a guide that explains the new ANSI ISEA 138 impact ratings.

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Hazard Identification is one of the first steps in preventing and mitigating HSE events and incidents. The Hazard Wheel is a visual reference tool to help workers quickly assess the hazards the could expect to encounter while performing their work.

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At this time of year, while most of us are busy enjoying the holidays and spending time with family, there are men and women working to keep the lights on around the world. The 24-hour routine of our industrial workforce and first responders is a reminder that while we may enjoy our down time, safety can never take a day off.

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High-stakes work environments pose a serious threat to workers' safety on a daily basis. From people who work at oil rigs (offshore and onshore) to firefighters responding to all sorts of emergencies (most recently the wildfires in California)—all of them face intense pressure with the added burden of lugging heavy equipment into and out of hazardous environments. And while the immediate threat to their personal safety is stressful in its own right, they have to deal with a variety of other hazards like exhaustion, extreme temperatures, and hazardous chemicals.

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All new employees working in the oil and gas industry undergo an onboarding program to become familiar with the nature of their job and how their new company operates. A big part of that training is (or should be) health, safety and environment (HSE) training to reduce the risks of workplace-related incidents and injuries — with hand injuries being one of the top reasons for workers ending up in the hospital.

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