Hand and finger injuries in the workplace are an ongoing concern. It seems that no matter how careful your workers are, somebody is always coming to you with a reportable incident of a hand or finger injury. Whether it’s a smashed fingernail from hammering, a cut from a utility knife, or a crush injury from getting a hand or finger caught in a pinch point.
As a Safety Manager, you’re tasked with improving the safety of your organization. You’ve tried adding safety policies, tweaking work processes, holding safety meetings, and investing countless dollars in safety training, but these tactics don’t seem to make a dent in your reportables. Why is that?
Hazard control measures occur at the very end of your safety program development process. This process starts with an assessment of hazard risk—and control measures are only identified and implemented later. These are followed by evaluation and continuous improvement of your risk control measures to maintain an up-to-date, effective safety program.
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) cut resistance level indicates the varying degrees of protection offered by a very useful piece of personal protective equipment (PPE): safety gloves. The specifics of these levels are in ANSI-105, Hand Protection Classification, developed by the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA).
Using health and safety control equipment mitigates the dangers your workers face on the job. It reduces injury risk or limiting exposure to substances that could be hazardous to their health. But it goes beyond just the equipment itself—which can be as simple as warning signage or as complex as ventilation systems. It also includes doing the following:
Where does the issue of hand safety at work fall on the spectrum of all the areas of concern for health and safety at work? There’s a lot that you have to monitor, report on, and strive to improve. Should you be concerned about every cut and scrape to your workers’ hands? Absolutely!
OSHA’s Hierarchy of Controls is an integral component of their current Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs, which updated their 1989 guidelines to more accurately reflect the changing nature of our workplaces.
Safer box opening practices start with the selection of a safety box opener and carry on through the use and storage of this handy tool. As with any bladed tool, a too-sharp edge presents greater inherent risk.
Lab safety supply gear is always your first line of defense against the physical hazards of laboratory work, no matter whether you’re working in a pharmaceutical, biomedical, or an R&D lab environment. Your personal protective equipment (PPE) for lab work may be less extreme than what’s required for a profession like fire fighting, but it’s no less important.
It’s important to understand serrated utility knife uses when you’re searching for a cutting tool, because this will help you determine whether or not you need this kind of blade edge. The other blade-edge option, which is more common, is a straight or smooth blade. These blades cut most materials, which is why they’re the standard go-to style. But they can’t cut everything.