Selecting the right chemical protective gloves for your employees can be a challenging exercise. According to the Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) registry, there are more than 60 million registered chemicals and even in in a typical production process or production facility, many different chemicals and mixes are used, and every unique set of chemicals requires specific chemical protection.
In previous blogs, we’ve talked about the benefits of natural and synthetic glove materials. Depending on the work that’s being done, one area that’s especially important is a glove’s level of cut resistance, because it can make the difference between whether a workplace injury is minor or severe.
In our previous blog, we talked about the benefits of four different types of leather that are commonly used in work gloves.
IWhen it comes to getting the job done, it’s always important to protect your hands. That’s why it’s important to know the strengths and weaknesses of the materials your gloves are made from. While gloves come in all manner of materials, many employees still prefer the unique properties of leather gloves when they’re on the job.
When you went online to read this article, chances are you didn’t have to stop and think about how you were going to navigate your keyboard. What about when you buttoned your shirt, ate your breakfast or picked up your car keys this morning? Probably not. A hand injury can make the multitude of tasks that we take for granted a serious, if not impossible, challenge. Maybe for the short term, or perhaps, permanently.
Hand injuries can be serious and costly for both employees and employers. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are 250,000 serious injuries to fingers, hands and wrists each year. Hand injuries are the second most injured body part that leads to days away from work (back injuries are number one) with an average of 6 lost work days per year.
Cut resistance can be a confusing topic, especially since there have been different standards
and measures to determine protection.
Cut resistance can be a confusing topic, especially since there have been different standards and measures to determine protection.
I’d like to focus on hand protection today. The number of reported hand injuries and amputated fingers vary depending on the source. Reason being that many injuries go unreported when left up to the employee or the employer to submit detailed reports.