The Importance of Work Gloves and Hand Safety

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Hand safety is one of the most critical considerations on the job site. According to a Statistics Canada study, hand injuries account for one-quarter of workplace injuries. Hand injuries occur most frequently in trade professions.

While wearing gloves might seem like an obvious standard, many workplaces and workers do not take hand safety seriously. It is common to look around a job site and see a glove sitting off to the side while a worker uses their bare hands to complete a task. Why is this? After all, if a worker injures their hand, they will no longer be able to work.

Gloves have the potential to save a worker from a severe injury, making them an essential piece of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment). As a contractor, it is crucial for you to choose the most effective PPE for your workers to assist them in staying safe and effective at the worksite. This article provides a brief overview of five components to consider when choosing work gloves.

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PPE Comfort and Fit

PPE Comfort and Fit

Comfort and fit are essential when choosing work gloves. Yes, it might seem like it takes extra time and effort to fit your workers for gloves properly, but properly fitting PPE will make all the difference. When it comes down to it, when equipment does not fit, it does not provide appropriate protection. The same goes for comfort. If work gloves are not comfortable, workers will take them off and expose their hands to potential hazards. If you notice gloves tossed to the side at your worksite, this might be a sign that they are uncomfortable. Speak with your workers to determine how you can improve the comfort and fit of their gloves. Perhaps gloves are too thick, causing increased sweating; or maybe it is a matter of ill-fitting equipment. If your workers identify issues with the gloves, consider an upgrade to something like the Watson Blue Dots 416 gloves which offer a snug fit around the wrist making them secure for a variety of worksite application’s.

Dexterity and Hand Safety

Dexterity and Hand Safety

Glove dexterity is something to keep in mind when choosing proper hand equipment. While gloves are a taken-for-granted piece of equipment, there are reasons workers set their gloves down when they are working. One of these reasons is lack of dexterity. Dexterity is the ability to execute a task efficiently and with as much ease of movement as possible. Dexterity is crucial to consider when choosing the right work gloves. If workers are using a glove that is ill-fitting, their flexibility will be limited, and they will have to work twice as hard, impacting their productivity. When workers wear gloves, they might find that their skill lowers, this is why it is essential to choose a type of glove that is designed to enhance ability. Many workers prefer the feel of a ‘second skin' style glove like the Ansell Hyflex glove that provides bare hand closeness and tactile sensitivity.

Choose the Right Work Gloves for the Job

Choose the Right Work Gloves for the Job

Every worksite is different. When choosing work gloves consider the needs of your specific worksite. No one glove will handle all hazardous situations so begin by conducting a detailed review of the work location and specific protection requirements. Walk around the work site and make a note of potential hazards. Think about working with a glove company that has expertise in the area to narrow down your options and make sure you're choosing the right glove for the job. If you require some assistance to identify the types of materials you need for your worksite, schedule a glove audit with your Source Atlantic account manager.

Training and Education for Hand Safety

Training and Education for Hand Safety

Providing workers with the appropriate training on how to use their gloves effectively is the first step in assuring hand safety. Along with training them how to use their gloves properly, it is essential to make sure workers understand that gloves are a necessary piece of PPE. Proper training should focus on the use of specific gloves for particular tasks relevant to the worksite. When workers understand the reason they are using gloves, and how to properly use them, they will be more likely to use and wear them consistently.

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Resources

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Hand Protection Products Catalogue

Glove Guide

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