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This is an excerpt from Joe Tavenner’s Best Practice in Reducing Hand Injuries from our Superior Book of Cut Protection. You can download the whole book of cut protection by clicking the button below:
It’s a common joke that duct tape can fix anything. We often believe our hands can do the same. When we don’t have a wrench, our hands fit the bill. Can’t get into a location with a standard tool? Our hands can get into the tight spot and fix the problem. When our hands become our universal ‘duct tape’, we increase the risk of injury by losing focus.
Safety gloves have been evolving quickly over the last few years. The number of options you have today far exceed those of just a few years ago. To ensure you have the best combination of protection and value, find an expert. Finding a salesperson who specializes, understands and has the knowledge to provide the best that’s out there is a key component to reducing hand injuries.
Have employees try gloves being considered for an extended period of time, asking for feedback along the way. Getting feedback from users involves them in the process, thereby increasing ownership. In many cases, the difference between a successful implementation and an unsuccessful one can be the amount of ownership employees feel they have. If you involve them in the decision-making process, address concerns, and utilize their feedback, a smooth transition often follows.
Do you have all the needed tools for the job? When you don’t have the tools you need, it is common practice to substitute your hands. Think about what you need before you start the job. If you don’t, your hand could quickly become the tool of choice. Can you see your hands during the task? When one hand is out of sight, it can quickly enter pinch points or other high-risk areas.
This is especially true when using two hands to complete a task while focusing your attention on only one. Think about what could go wrong and plan for it. You may think this is simplistic but it happens all the time. Are good, safe practices being used? Following your business and regulatory requirements is a cornerstone of staying safe.
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