Workwear, Street Furniture & Waste Management Specialist

Avoid hand injuries

If you injure your hands, your quality of life deteriorates and it may take a long time for you to recover. But with the right hand protection you can minimise the risk of injury. Under the PPE Directive (Personal Protective Equipment), employers are required to familiarise themselves with the work environment legislation that applies to their activities. They are required for instance to carry out risk assessments so as to ensure that employees are given suitable protective equipment and that things like chemical management are safe. Always use gloves that specifically fit your hands and the environment in which you work.

 

BLADE CUTS cut

 

When handling machine parts or tools with sharp edges, you can easily suffer a cut. Unprotected cutting edges on machine tools and hand tools are also a major risk.

 

VIBRATION INJURIES vibration

 

People working with hand-held vibrating machines and tools can suffer vibration damage. These injuries develop gradually and may be incurable. People working with strongly vibrating equipment may also experience problems with neck and upper shoulder pains that spread down into the arms and hands. Pain in the shoulder blades and elbows are also commonplace.

 

CRUSHING INJURIES crushing

 

Involves the mechanical overburdening of the fingers’ bones and tissue. Even when the hand is only slightly crushed, blood vessels can burst. Muscles, tendons, blood vessels and nerves may also be crushed. A crushing injury often occurs when a glove gets caught in moving parts of a machine. If you work on moving machine parts, choosing a glove that is the right size and made from a less durable material is vital – the glove easily tears apart if you get caught. The test results in EN 388 can serve as a useful guide in finding the right kind of glove.

 

FROSTBITE Frostbite

 

When the air temperature is below +10°C, you can suffer frostbite. The risk increases in the presence of wind and damp. Direct contact with cold surfaces chills the hand severely. People who work outdoors in the cold are particularly vulnerable, but those working in cold environments indoors, e.g., in the food industry, are also at risk.

 

BURN INJURY Burn

 

A major burn injury is one of the biggest traumas a person can be exposed to. Many burns heal spontaneously but major injuries result in lifelong scarring. Always wear gloves during hot work, whether you work in a canteen kitchen or in industry.

 

HYPERSENSITIVITY/ALLERGY Allergy

 

Hypersensitivity is when someone repeatedly displays symptoms in reaction to things around them that most other people do not react to. Allergies are an acquired hypersensitivity to a particular substance. Some occupational groups are more exposed than others to substances that cause hypersensitivity and allergies. With the right protective gloves, problems can be avoided or eased.