It might be the method of choice in action movies but jumping out of a moving car to make a clean getaway isn’t something that any driving instructor, law enforcement officer or your favorite glove enthusiasts (that’s us!), would recommend.
Sure, it looks cool in slow-motion but from the collateral damage to the potential for serious injury, there’s too much at stake to not trust the professionals.
The same goes for safety in the workplace. It is never something you want to leave to chance.
Regardless of the industry you’re working in, knowing and reacting to your specific hazards is critical to success and on some occasions, it just might save a life.
A clean and hazard-controlled workplace can still pose significant risk, however. Used without care or without following correct operating standards, even hand and power tools can quickly become a danger in a manufacturing or construction environment.
If you’re unable to eliminate these risks entirely, (always the preferred option) having a plan in place if they do become problematic and reacting quickly if needed, can help to keep things functioning smoothly and keep others safe.
But what if one of your workplace hazards isn’t a daunting piece of machinery, equipment, or a power tool? What if the hazard in question is nothing more than a utility knife?
Utility Knife Safety
In manufacturing, utility knives are used to “flash parts”, which could mean removing extra material from molded plastic, opening boxes, or performing detailed finish work such as labeling.
They’re portable, provide little hassle, and may even come with a self-retractable, reusable blade, minimizing the possibility of an accidental, self-inflicted injury, even when working with minimal space.
But although they may be simple to use, these knives can be quite dangerous. Depending on what they’re needed for, they can be incredibly sharp and improper use can lead to severe cuts, lacerations, and other significant injuries including possible amputations. Even the use of a dull blade applied with heavy force can put you at risk.
In a US Department of Labor study,hand and finger injuries alone accounted for nearly 23% of all reported knife-related cases. Accidents will happen at some point, there’s no denying that but with a focus on prevention and protection, the hope is that you’ll be able to minimize any possible damage.
If you’re an employer having gone through the Hierarchy of Hazard controls and have decided that Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) is the best or most practical choice for dealing with your workplace hazards, that leaves you with quite a few options. The question is, where to start?
Whether you’re a warehouse worker, electrician, roofer or just looking to keep yourself better protected when working with utility knives, our standout gloves and sleeves can help keep you safe when you need it most.
For those performing wire and template work, dexterity is a must. Having a responsive, bare-handed feel can make a world of difference when precision is required. Designed for an optimal range of motion, not only will the S18TAFGFN keep you protected, but also you won’t have to sacrifice flexibility. The nitrile palm-coating provides strong grip and additional capabilities include touchscreen compatibility.