Hands Down: Hand Safety Tips You Need to Know


There are many workplace hazards that can lead to hand injuries in the workplace. From mechanical or chemical hazards to fractures and cuts, there are many hand hazards that workers need to protect themselves against.

Here are some basic tips from the Government of Canada Labour Program:

  • Hands must be protected against the hazards of the particular job.
  • Gloves should not be worm around machines with moving parts that could catch them and pull the hands into danger areas (such as machines with pulleys).
  • Protective sleeves should be long enough to leave no gap between the gloves and the sleeves.
  • Do not wear gloves with metal parts when working near electrical equipment.

The Labour Program also suggests implementing a hand protection program, which requires the following: team effort; safety training; observance of safety rules and proper work practices; first aid training; hazard recognition; safe tools and equipment; adequate hand protection; and a safe work place.

What do you do to ensure the hand safety of your workers? Do you require that your workers wear proper personal protective equipment (PPE)? Do you provide hand safety training? What more can you do to provide a safe work environment for your workers?

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