Hand protection is vital on construction sites and other workplaces involving possible hazards. Heavy machinery, shock hazards, fire hazards, and sharp edges all present risks to workers, and the hands are one of the most exposed and vulnerable parts of the body while on the job. Please read on to learn more about what you can do to ensure hand protection.
Hand Safety Programs and Other Baseline Hand Protection Measures
Most hand injuries can be prevented with basic hand safety programs. Not only should workers be required to wear gloves, they should wear additional pieces of personal protection equipment or PPE. Other baseline hand protection measures include hazard awareness, hazard training, and assessment of both these measures and the employees practicing them.
Find the Right Fit for Employee Gloves
When it comes to employee work gloves, find the right fit. Workers and especially site managers should be aware of certain factors that determine which gloves provide the best protection and functionality for the work that needs to be done:
Gripping: What are the grip strength abilities of the gloves? How well gloves grip makes it easier to hold on and lift heavier objects. Lifting safety is as important as hand safety.
Resistance: The next factor to consider is how well the gloves hold up. Resistance factor is important for how long the gloves will last, and how they can endure exposure to chemicals, heat, cold, and different levels of voltage. But another important aspect to gloves is how well they can resist simple scraping, puncturing, and tearing. While they might seem minor, these small damages can weaken the integrity of the whole glove.
Comfort Levels: Oftentimes, gloves will need to be worn for several hours at a time, if not during the entire work day. Consider how comfortable they are to wear, especially for long periods of time.
Chemical, Thermal, and Voltage Endurance: As with resistance, this factor considers how well the gloves can withstand exposure to chemicals, heat, cold, and voltage.
Prioritizing Safety with G & M Services
G & M Services is proud of our employees and the dedication they have for safety in the workplace. Our employees are also rewarded for positive safety practices. We incorporate weekly and monthly discussions and meetings to ensure that all involved are aware of how to handle equipment and potential situations that could occur during a project.
G & M Services offers services in the way of concrete drilling and sawing, concrete scanning, and FireStop. To get started with G & M Services, call us today at 410-787-8828 or visit our contact page.