Hand Safety Spotlight

Category: risk

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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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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Employees working in extreme environments can experience an array of hazard inducing conditions, from physical and mental discomfort to life-threatening conditions. Temperatures that are either too hot or too cold can contribute to hypothermic or heat-related illnesses, as well as fatigue.

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It is no secret that working on in the oilfield is a potentially high-risk job – and despite all of the improvements that have been made to keep rig hands and other oilfield workers safe, it is still listed as one of the world’s most dangerous professions. Workers deal with highly combustible materials on facilities where cranes constantly swing heavy loads and equipment overhead. They also face other health risks, including injuries to hands and fingers.

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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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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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Risk management strategies are vital to a modern company’s safe operations. Every employee in your organization – including project managers, business owners and front-line employees – can and should use risk assessments to perform their work and safeguard against HSE incidents.

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