In order for an industrial facility to run efficiently for long-term, it is critical to ensure that it is a space where workers can function and do their day-to-day tasks with minimal safety risks. This is especially true in facilities where large, moving equipment requires manual interaction with the personnel, which exposes them to a plethora of injuries, particularly hand injuries.
According to latest statistics, injuries to hands and fingers account for more than 23% of all workplace injuries, making them the highest in preventable injuries, and second only to back and neck injuries when it comes to lost work days.
Read on as we discuss on this blog post the five hand safety guidelines that should be implemented across an industrial facility.
1. Assess the Facility to Account All Potential Hand Safety Risk
Larger facilities might only have one large equipment that can only cause punctures, while there are smaller facilities which might have a fleet of moving machinery that can cause lacerations or even amputations.
Thefirst step to prevent or at least minimize the occurrence of hand injuries in the facility is to determine all the specific hazard which could lead to such injury. Every facility is different, so you cannot just use the benchmark of another facility to gauge the level of hand injury hazard in your facility.
If you’re unsure on what to look out for, it’s best to consult a safety professional as they have the necessary expertise to pinpoint what exactly the hazard the particular machinery or equipment can bring forth to your workers.
2. Put Hand Protection Signages in Machinery with Moving Parts
Oneofthemost important, yet often overlooked hand safety measures that any facility should implement is the proper placement of hand safety signages in areas identified with the highest risk. Safety signs play a very important role in keeping employees knowledgeable since they effectively communicate any hazards present in the area in which the management might not be able to convey to their worker properly.
3. Make Sure All Workers Wear Appropriate Protective Gloves
Many reports state that the primary cause of hand injuries in the workplace is the lack of proper protective gloves for the workers. While many companies provide their workers with protective gloves, most don’t take the time to research the type appropriate for each equipment, components, and elements present in their worksite.
When purchasing hand protection for your workforce, it is critical that you take into account the tasks where they will be using the protective equipment. Safety gloves can be made of different materials – from natural rubber and nitrile foam to polyvinyl alcohol – so make sure that you choose the right gloves suitable your workers’ line of job.
4. Provide the Workers With Regular Safety Training
Last, but definitely not the least actionable measure to avoid or minimize hand injury in the workplace is to provide the workers with on-going safety training.
As cliché as it may sound, but prevention is always better than cure in industrial sites where workers are often preoccupied with the tasks at hand rather than with their own safety. Over time, workers forget the crucial safety rules imparted to them during the employee onboarding process, which not only exposes their safety at higher risk but could also foster a culture recklessness inside the workplace.
By conducting regular safety training, i.e. educating the workers about the proper hand gloves to use and understanding how to use different equipment safely, your employees are more likely to take their own safety seriously and be more capable of protecting themselves from known hand injury hazards while doing their tasks.
By following these guidelines, site managers and workers will both be able to avoid the cost, inconvenience, and tragedy that a potential hand injury could inflict to anyone within the facility.
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