28 Feb Keeping Your Hands Safe While Working
Of the many tools that we have available, our hands are the most valuable. They provide us with the dexterity necessary to perform precise maneuvers that even the most advanced technology can not replicate. Even the simplest tasks are difficult for a person that does not have full use of his pr her hands.
Hand injuries on the job are quite common, but many are preventable. There are too many things you can do to your hands safe. Here are a few of the most common:
Make Use of Machine Guards
Never operate machinery that does not have a working guard to protect your hands. Always use a lockout device on machinery when you have to reach into it for any reason. Immediately replace guards whenever you remove them. When safety guards are absent from machinery or conveyor belts, an employee’s hands, fingers, and arms can easily get caught, amputated, or crushed.
Always protect your hands by wearing work gloves when handling rough materials or performing operations where you are using your hands to lift or move objects. An Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) study revealed that 70% of workers experiencing hand injuries were not wearing gloves. The remaining 30% were making use of damaged, inadequate, or inappropriate types of gloves for the job. Choose the right glove for the task and inspect it thoroughly before use.
Be Cautious of Sharp Objects
Utilize the correct safety procedures when handling knives, box cutters, or other sharp objects. Never attempt to pick up broken glass, nails, or other sharp objects not meant for handling with bare hands. Always use appropriate gloves or a broom.
No matter how much sentimental value they carry, rings put your hands in grave danger on the job. They can easily catch on machinery and other objects, resulting in lacerations, amputations, and broken bones. always remove rings before beginning work.
Whenever you are using your hands to move an object, whether it is on a hand truck or you are carrying it, be sure the doorways and aisles in your path are wide enough for you to move through safely before you start the job. When you set a heavy object down, be aware of the placement of your hands. Always be alert for possible pinch points.
If you are unsure about the type of gloves you should be wearing to adequately protects yourself, or if you have any other issue regarding the protection of your hands on the job, talk to your supervisor.
Do not be the victim of a preventable hand injury! There are so many things you can do to keep your hands safe.