Hand accidents are an occupational hazard in many industries, with up to 40% of all workplace accidents involving hands to some degree. The more hand injuries there are in the accident book, the more employers pay out on lost man hours and replacement cover. So hand injuries are not just painful, they’re expensive too.
By providing the appropriate hand protection and relevant safety pre-cautions, employers can ensure any hand related injuries are minimised
The HSE’s Health and Safety Statistics Annual report 2015 revealed that in 2013/14 a total of 77,593 UK employees experienced non-fatal injuries, a significant drop from 122,695 in 2009/10. This resulted in 28.2 million working days lost in 2013/14 and an average of 7.5 days off work for each person suffering an injury.
When it comes to the safety of employees’ hands, the number of considerations can seem almost limitless, so knowing where and how to start tackling them can be a daunting task for many.
To ensure hands are fully protected from irritants and injury, choosing the right gloves for both the task and the person doing it is vital. Available in a range of sizes, designs, materials and coatings, the ideal gloves are within your grasp. To help you choose the most appropriate ones for your business, TraffiGlove has five golden steps called “Check 5” that should be followed:
1 Check you understand the risk
The first consideration is to assess the risk to hands and decide how to minimise these risks. As a general rule minimal contact equals minimum risk, but it is not always possible to prevent a worker from having to manually handling a potential hazard. In which case move on to the next step of “Check 5”.
2 Check environmental conditions
Working in wet or cold conditions, whether outside or in, means dressing appropriately, including wearing the right gloves. Cold conditions are likely to require well-insulated gloves or if it is wet, you might want to use gloves with a waterproof coating.
3 Check the hazards being handled
Knowing what needs to be handled is a key consideration when choosing a glove. Think about its surface, whether the edges are sharp or rough. If it is liquid, will it irritate or harm skin? Select gloves that will protect hands from these specific hazards.
4 Check your hand size
The right size of glove is vital for protection. Check your hand size using the glove-sizing charts in our ‘Hand Protection Buying Guides’. These can be downloaded from all glove product pages. Gloves typically range from size 6 to 12.
5 Make your selection
Follow these steps and you will be equipped to choose the most appropriate glove for your workers and the tasks they are doing.
TraffiGlove are an industry leading designer and manufacturer of PPE safety gloves. As a company they are committed to promoting hand safety using a combination of innovative product design and hands-on safety training. Their mission is to keep hands safe and comfortable worldwide. If you need to protect your employees with industry leading safety gloves, take a look at the following TraffiGlove safety gloves to ensure your workforce comply.