Hand Safety Spotlight

Organizational learning requires a continuous assessment of performance and an examination of successes and failures. With consistent process improvement — a component of modern quality management — an organization can assess, tailor, and implement its processes to achieve business goals and ensure long-term growth.

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Focus on the storm You can't turn on your TV, scroll through your social feeds or listen to the radio without hearing storm coverage when a severe weather system threatens part of the United States. The unknown effects of a named storm or other natural disaster have a way of grabbing our attention. As Americans, we have a hard time looking away.

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Grip is essential to hand safety. A compromised grip can lead to an occupational hazard. If a glove isn’t providing the necessary grip, companies are at risk of workers removing their gloves and exposing their hands. Workers sustain approximately a quarter of a million serious injuries to fingers, hands and wrists each year.[1] According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and OSHA, wearing a glove reduces the risk of a hand injury by 27%.

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Accidents can turn into a significant expense for any business. Safety+Health magazine reports that in 2015 alone, U.S. employers spent over $1 billion a week on disabling injuries and diseases. Workers in heavy industries have a greater risk to accidents because they handle or work around hazardous materials.

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Work in the oil and gas industry has hazards that are unique to the business. If you are a stakeholder in this industry, procedural safety is undoubtedly a major concern, along with field maturity, productivity and hitting bottom line targets.

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The Effects of Fatigue in the Workplace Fatigue affects more than 43% of the U.S. workforce, and that number increases for night shift worker and those working past their normal hours. The effects of fatigue can result in decreased productivity and an increase in safety incidents.

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Workers in industrial sectors regularly operate under hazardous conditions. In the oil and gas and petrochemical industries, every phase of production presents a wide range of threats such as chemical burns, toxic gas, hazardous noise, or manual handling injuries. Manufacturing facilities and construction sites are major danger zones as well, exposing workers to hazards like trips, falls and repetitive motion injuries. And that’s just scratching the surface.

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You don’t see or hear stored energy until it’s released. This threat often stays hidden until it’s too late, so it can pose a serious threat to employees who service or maintain equipment that could start unexpectedly or have an unexpected release of stored energy.

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In 2015, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported over 143,000 hand-related workplace injuries, second only to back injuries (which numbered 191,450). While hand injuries are not usually fatal, they can certainly cause a worker significant pain and suffering. Along with lost earnings and medical bills, severe hand injuries can permanently affect the way an injured person does simple, everyday tasks.

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