It has been estimated that almost 20% of all disabling accidents on the job involve the hands. Without your fingers or hands, your ability to work would be greatly reduced.
You can suffer a traumatic injury to your hands in many ways:
- Tools and machines with sharp edges can cut your hands.
- Sharp objects, such as staples, screwdrivers, nails, chisels, and stiff wire can puncture your hands.
- Getting your hands caught in machinery can sprain, crush, or remove your hands and fingers.
- Repetitive Motion Injuries - Whenever you repeat the same hand movement over a long period of time, you run the risk of repetitive motion problems.
- Contact Injuries - Coming into contact with caustic or toxic chemicals, biological substances, electrical sources, or extremely cold or hot objects can irritate or burn your hands.
Your first line of defense is to always observe safe work practices, but in many cases gloves are the only protection for your hands.
Evaluate and Select Hand Protection, based on:
- Tasks to be performed
- Conditions present
- Duration of use
- Hazards and potential hazards identified