Should you have a job that involves using your hands around dangers materials or performing duties that may result in injury to the hands you should evaluate your workplace hazards and asses whether or not hand safety protection ( safety gloves ) will be required. There are several dangers to your hand safety that should be considered in the workplace. Before deciding whether or not to equip employees with safety gloves or other protective hand equipment consider the dangers their hands are exposed to in the workplace. Below is a list of several of the safety hazards that may warrant the use of safety gloves, coverings to guard the fingers, arm guards or gloves that cover the hands and forearm all the way to the elbow.
When Should Safety Gloves Be Worn?
Safety gloves should be worn in any instance where there is possible dangers to workers’ hands or arms. Whether these dangers are from risk of exposure to chemicals or to prevent possible electrocution. When operating machinery that risks injury to the hands, one example would be table saws. There are many types of equipment use in construction, labs, and other professionals where dangers equipment is used. Whenever workers are operating these types of machinery you can give careful consideration as to whether there are safety guards or other engineering methods that can be used to protect workers from injury such as amputation and hand, finger, or arm abrasion as a result of working with these types of equipment. Sometimes however there is no amount of non-wearable equipment that can be construction around hazardous equipment, and when this is the case then the answer is to wear hand protection, arm protection, finger protection, or all of the above. There are many types of injury that employers may not consider before assigning employees to a particular task and this is where a proper safety plan can help determine potential safety risks and safety dangers to employees. All jobs should be evaluated and assessed properly before beginning and the proper safety equipment provided to employees.
There are many additional safety concerns where hand protection (safety gloves) should be used and this is certainly not an all encompassing list, as the possibilities are endless. It is impossible to guess at all types of jobs that will require hand protection, but this does not mean OSHA will be any less strict of they should find that these dangers are present and the proper hand protection has not been used. Ask yourself if any of the following safety hazards apply to your workers and job site:
- Do workers run risk of skin absorption to dangerous chemicals, liquids, or other harmful substances?
- Are employees exposed to any types of equipment or materials that could cause serious abrasion or amputation?
- Are workers at risk of any type of burns, whether chemical burns, thermal burns, or do they have direct exposure to heated materials?
- Are employees exposed to direct electrical current, electrical wires, or any type of electricity?
- Are workers using tools or operating around materials that could cause cuts or punctures?
Though these are certainly not all the hazards that may require hand protection to be worn it is certainly a good place to get started. Hopefully these questions have given you a better idea of the types of hand injuries that can occur and have better prepared you to get start with hand safety protection in the workplace. It’s always a good idea to sit down and take the time to draw up a proper safety outline for your business model. Considering all the possible risks of injuries at your workplace or work site will make your employees and job site safer!
Types Of Protective Safety Gloves & Hand Safety Hazards
List Of Hand Safety Hazards That Will Require The Use Of Hand & Arm Protection (Safety Gloves & Coverings Should Be Used).
- Chemical Resistant Safety Gloves - If your workplace involves dangerous or hazardous chemicals that may be exposed to the hands or arms, you must protect employees from exposure to these chemicals with the proper arm coverings and safety gloves. There are safety gloves designed specifically for these types of jobs and these gloves are chemical resistant and liquid resistant gloves to protect from dangers exposure to hazardous liquids and chemicals. Protecting the hands from chemical burns and other similar workplace dangers.
- Rubber Safety Gloves (Non-Conductive Safety Gloves) - As always if you operate around live electrical wires or electricity in general then the use of insulated rubber safety gloves may be required by OSHA. To prevent electrocution the proper safety gloves should be worn, and explanations provided to your employees regarding how they can best prevent electricity related injuries.
- Metal or Aluminized Safety Gloves - These types of safety glove are meant to prevent against head as well as protect the hands against cold. Aluminized safety gloves provide a reflective protection as well as insulated protection again heat hazards and prevent skin burns. These gloves will also prevent cold burns and other cold related hand injuries.
- Resistant Leather Work Gloves - Leather safety gloves server as a moderate protection against elements and also protect against debris that may strike or cut the hand, moderate abrasions to the skin, and some electric concerns such as flying sparks that may burn the hand. Certainly not the most protective of the safety gloves available, but these gloves allow for flexibility to work with tools and your hands without preventing range of motion.