Hand Safety Spotlight

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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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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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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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Because of the nature of their occupation, workers in heavy industries like construction and oil and gas are exposed to hazardous conditions in their workplace. Yet with all the potentially dangerous elements that surround them, industrial workers are most susceptible to injuries from an unlikely source ‒ dropped objects. Because of this, dropped object prevention has become an extremely important field of study in occupational safety.

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The petroleum industry is a global powerhouse that generates trillions of dollars and employs thousands of workers every year. In fact, the oil and gas drilling sector earned a total revenue of $5 trillion (USD) in 2014 alone. Companies that explore, develop and operate oilfields make up 4.5 to 6.5 percent of the global economy. This number will only continue to increase with time. The industry is also a major contributor to the national GDP of regions that house oil companies. For example, in 2016, oil revenue made up 44.03 percent of Kuwait’s GDP, 42.41 percent of Iraq’s GDP and 26.44 percent of Saudi Arabia’s GDP. All of this

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The oil and gas industry is a crucial part of global economy, even though it is one of the most hazardous industries in the world. Common incidents in industrial sectors (like oil and gas, heavy construction and manufacturing) include transportation accidents (truck, rail, ship and pipeline), physical contact injuries (e.g., struck by incidents), fire and explosion, chemical or toxic material exposure, and common slips, trips and falls.

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Performance Characteristics and Ratings for Gloves Used in the E&P Industry About 1.5 million people are engaged in oil and gas exploration and production (E&P) activities all over the world. With constantly evolving standards, materials, equipment, training and processes, the occupational safety record in the industry has also seen significant improvements.

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