There are half a million hand and wrist injuries annually in workplaces across Canada according to the Government of Canada.

Hand and arm protection accounts for up to 30% of a companies safety budget.

Preventing and eliminating hand injuries may seem impossible but you can implement a few simple procedures to drastically reduce your rate of hand and finger injuries.

Between the cost of an injury and the cost of gloves and sleeves, you’re spending way too much money!

This infographic will help reduce injuries and save money:

How to eliminate hand injuries in your workplace:

You need to use the Hierarchy of Controls to eliminate hand injuries. The five controls, ordered from most-to-least critical for safety, are:

  1. Elimination
  2. Substitution
  3. Engineering Controls
  4. Administrative Controls
  5. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

As part of this process, you’ll need to complete a safety audit, which should help you find some easy wins for improving the safety of your workplace.

Even after completing the audit, you’ll notice areas that PPE like hand protection is the only option to keep workers safe. You may also have a legal or company-wide mandate that requires gloves and arm protection.

If you want help conducting the review from a company with decades of experience, we’re here to help. We even offer a free glove review program where we’ll work your team and your glove supplier to eliminate hand injuries in your workplace.

We’ll highlight how the glove review works below.

Determine your goals with our glove protection specialists

In this first step, you’ll need to decide what you’re looking to accomplish.

Your goals might be very precise like “reduce worker hand injuries by 75% over three years” or as simple as “get workers home safe at the end of the day.”

Either way, we’ll work with you to make sure and provide feedback from other glove reviews to find goals that work for your company.

Assess your facility’s risk, your glove selection process and interview employees

During this phase, our team will help you review:

  • the type of gloves your staff use
  • if the gloves provide the right amount of protection, and
  • if your staff are wearing the gloves.

This step also involves looking at the risks in place by interviewing your staff. During the interviews, we also want to know what your staff likes about your current gloves and if they have any concerns about them.

Determine areas of success and what can be improved

Once the interviews are completed and a framework has been built, we will make recommendations based on the hazards at play and the feedback from your staff.

We’ll also work with any preferred glove manufacturers you may have to find the best option for your needs.

Trial new glove options and evaluate changes

Now that the recommendations are in place, we want to know if the product is going to meet your needs.

That means your team has to trial the gloves.

We’ll send out a few sample pairs for your staff to trial and evaluation cards to hear their feedback.

If the glove isn’t a success, we go back to the drawing board and find a different option. Otherwise, there is one last thing to do.

Educate employees on safe work practices

Gloves have best practices, just like hard hats or fall protection.

We’ll walk you through proper maintenance, washing and anything else you may need to know about to get the longest life out of your gloves and keep your team safe.

 

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Leslie Molin

Market Segment Manager - Personal Safety

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