Did you know that, according to a study conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), approximately 70% of workers who experienced hand injuries on the job were not wearing gloves? Our hands are one of our most important assets on the job. We can get so accustomed to using our hands for a variety of tasks during the day that we may occasionally forget to wear proper protection. Because of that, it’s vital that employees and employers prioritize and reinforce the idea of proper hand protection as a part of an overall culture of safety in the workplace.
When it comes to FR gloves, there are many options. Companies like Grainger sell a wide variety of FR gloves from many different brands. However, proper protective hand equipment is just as effective in protecting your hands from other hazards as well. For example, there are specialized gloves for chemical work (helps to prevent burns and contamination) and mechanical work (helps protect the hands from cut, scrapes, and punctures). Be sure to wear the right protection for your line of work.
Comfort vs Safety
Sometimes, wearing gloves can be challenging for certain tasks that require dexterity. As tempting as it may be to take the gloves off in order to perform that task, remember that any area of your body that is not protected with appropriate gear is at risk of injury. According to the National Safety Council, the average cost of a hand injury on the job is as high as $16,000 when you include medical treatment and workers compensation. That’s no small sum. When you take into account that 25% of all workplace injuries reported to OSHA are hand-related, the clear winner in the comfort vs safety argument is definitely safety.
For more information on hand protection and safety requirements, please refer to OSHA’s general requirements on hand safety.