Stop in the Name of Glove
Hands are one of the most complex and delicate parts of the human body. They enable us to be skilled and valuable laborers across a broad range of industries. If damaged, the hand is incredibly difficult to repair, which emphasizes the importance of having an effective hand safety program in the workplace.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 140,460 hand injuries in the U.S. that on average required five days away from work in 2011. With an incident rate of 13.9, hands are the second most injured body part behind the back in the U.S. workplace during 2011.
OSHA regulates hand safety through standard 1910.138 specific to hand protection within personal protective equipment (PPE) guidelines. Employers are required to be cognizant of their employees’ hands exposure to harmful substances, severe cuts or lacerations, abrasions, punctures and possible damage from extreme temperatures by providing their employees effective personal protective equipment.
Effective hand protection comes in the form of gloves that fit correctly and are made of the appropriate material for the type of work being performed. Having effective hazard protection in place to protect against harmful chemicals and extreme temperatures is also an essential component of OSHA’s hand protection regulation. It is essential that employers not only provide this protection, but actively assess their employees’ risk of hand injury and provide proper PPE based upon their assessment.
Following the guidelines put forward by OSHA will enable your company to increase the safety of your employee’s hands, protecting one of the most valuable assets at your company.