Hand protection has been of particular importance to my family long before I was born. My grandfather realized the importance of protecting the hands of local workers back in the 1940’s, and he started our company to meet that need.
Handy safety was important to my family then… and still is today. With more than 250,000 reported serious injuries to fingers, hands and wrists each year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, hand protection is more important than ever.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), hand injuries account for 1,080,000 emergency department visits by workers per year in the United States. Hand injuries resulting from cuts and puncture cost the construction industry $382 million each year, as reported by to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
Hand protection is an important business because of the amount of hand injuries suffered each year… and the cost of those injuries in dollars, time off, and impacts on production. Not to mention the pain and suffering of the workers who incur the actual injuries.
Selecting the right glove
Safety gloves today offer a variety of features for specific areas of need. Whether you need a glove that eliminates cuts but is thin enough to allow for handling tiny components… or a chemically-treated glove that protects against harsh solvents, many glove manufacturers invest so much in research and production to bring the newest, most comfortable, most custom created alternative to the market.
This summer, for example, Truline introduced 11 new safety gloves. Each of the gloves have different functionality and for different needs. And Truline isn’t alone in developing new products. There are several manufacturers trying to create the perfect safety glove for the right task at hand.
The market is robust for hand protection because of the amount of reported hand injuries each year. In the workplace, only the back contributes to more days-away-from-work injuries than hands. In the latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employers reported that hand injuries led to an average number of five lost workdays.
OSHA guidelines, rules and regulations prescribe the appropriate hand protection for employees whose “hands are exposed to hazards such as those from skin absorption of harmful substances; severe cuts or lacerations; severe abrasions; punctures; chemical burns; thermal burns; and harmful temperature extremes.”
As a manufacturer of safety gloves and other safety products, we strive to not only provide the right type of safety glove for the right situation, but to help employers and their employees minimize the risk of safety injuries. When it comes to choosing a safety glove, there is much to consider. What are the safety risks? Do your workers handle chemicals? Blades or sharp implements? Electrical components? How about additional elements such as the cold and heat – temperature extremes? Or do they work in low light situations where a brighter glove is required? Whatever your need, there is a glove out there designed for that type of job. And because the safety glove industry is so competitive, the savviest manufacturers are always trying to bring the latest and greatest to market.
Hands are one of the most complex parts of the human body. When you consider the movement of tendons, bones, tissues and nerves that allow us to feel, grip and do a wide variety of complex jobs, hands are tremendously important. Without use of our hands it would be extremely difficult to do routine simple tasks, such as tying shoe laces or brushing teeth. Our hands make us skilled and valuable workers. Protecting our hands and our workers should be of utmost importance.
Hand injuries, like most accidents, are 100% preventable through ongoing safety training efforts and using the proper protective equipment. When you take the time to follow through on providing training and equipment you greatly improve the well-being of your workers and protect your company from incurring expensive workers’ compensation costs.
I’m linking a pdf of those 11 new Truline safety gloves to give you an idea of how safety gloves continue to evolve and meet the changing needs of today’s workers -- click here.
To learn more about helping your workers with ongoing safety training or the latest safety products, call 800-523-5367 or click on the following link to speak with a workplace safety specialist at Arbill.
Have a safe day!