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Hand Protection


      Hands at work are extremely vulnerable to a wide range of hazards which include cuts, blows, chemical attack and temperature extremes. With industry’s increasingly complex and sensitive manufacturing and handling processes, there is a growing insistence on the use of "job fitted" gloves that meet each of the users’ specific requirements; hence manufacturers offers a wide and a comprehensive range of gloves in hundreds of different types and styles from which to choose.                                                                                                                                      

Hands and Fingers Need Protection from Injuries and Other Health Hazards.                                                                                                                            

A. Absorption of harmful substances

B. Severe cuts, lacerations, abrasions, or punctures

C. Chemical, heat, or electrical burns

D. Extreme heat or cold

E. Bloodborne pathogens                                                                                                                                                            

Gloves are an Important Form of Hand Protection!                                                                                                     

A. “They provide an effective barrier between the hand and the hazard.”

B. Don’t wear gloves if they create a greater hazard; e.g., catching in a machine.                                                                

Select Gloves Designed to Protect Against Your Specific Job Hazards                                                                     

A. Insulated gloves protect against heat and cold.

B. Choose fire-retardant materials for exposure to open flames.

C. Choose reflective materials for exposure to radiant heat.

D. Neoprene, rubber, vinyl, and other materials protect against chemicals.

E. Special insulated rubber gloves protect against electrical shock and burns.

F. Metal mesh or other cut-resistant gloves protect against sharp objects.

G. Leather gloves protect against rough surfaces, chips and sparks, and moderate heat.

H. Cotton gloves protect against dirt, splinters, and abrasion and help grip slippery

I. objects.

J. “Cotton is not good protection for use with rough, sharp, or heavy materials.”

K. “No gloves protect against all chemicals; check the MSDS for instructions.”




   Contaminated and worn gloves may fail to protect the hands from the very hazard they were designed for. Effective protection is maintained by regular replacement of the gloves. Check the condition of the gloves, inside and out.