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If you’ve ever accidentally been pricked by a needle, or if you work in an industry where punctures are a common hazard, you probably already understand how crucial it is that you’re wearing the right work gloves while you’re on the job. According to the Assistant Secretary for Legislation’s “Statement for the Record on Needlestick Injuries”, needlestick injuries make up a significant portion of health care worker injuries; the organization estimates that anywhere from 600,000 to 800,000 of these injuries occur in the United States every year, with approximately 50% of these workers choosing not to report these incidences.
Here’s another reason that you might not have thought of in regards to why it’s worthwhile to wear puncture-resistant gloves: the emotional impact of not wearing them in instances where they’re needed.
Think about it: it makes sense. Even in instances where a worker experiences a puncture and does not end up coming into contact with a hazardous chemical or contracting a dangerous disease, it is understandable that worrying about what could result from the puncture is extremely damaging and stressful to affected workers. As Linda Rosenstock, M.D., M.P.H from the Assistant Secretary for Legislation explains,
“This impact is particularly severe when the injury involves exposure to HIV. In one study of 20 health care workers with an HIV exposure, 11 reported acute severe distress, 7 had persistent moderate stress, and 6 quit their jobs as a result of the exposure.”
In cases where a worker is unsure about the severity of the hazard, waiting to find out whether or not the puncture will have dangerous consequences for the worker is also extremely stressful. As you can imagine, this worry and fear can also spiral outwards, affecting the family and friends of the distressed worker as well.
So, what’s the best way to prevent all of this unnecessary stress and fear? Wearing your puncture-resistant gloves whenever necessary — even if the risk is only minimal.
Thanks to all of the technical advancements in the glove market in recent years, fortunately, there are so many different types of puncture-resistant gloves out there. In fact, there are even work gloves that are specifically designed to protect you against finer object puncture threats (such as needles) as well as ones that are crafted to protect your hands against objects that pose thicker puncture threats (such as pieces of broken glass). For this reason, in workplaces where punctures are an issue, there’s really no excuse not to be wearing puncture-resistant gloves.
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