Hand Safety Spotlight

Category: ppe

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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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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 A good pair of gloves can make a world of difference when you’re working outside once the weather turns cold. Gloves are not only necessary to keep your workplace injury free, they help you feel more comfortable and focused on your work. But is your existing hand protection up to the task when the weather drops 10, 20 or more degrees?

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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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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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