Hand Injuries & Prevention

Hand Injuries & Prevention

How to Prevent Hand Injuries

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The U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) reports that hand injuries are the second most work-related injury, resulting in over a million emergency room visits in a year. Hand injuries can range from simple to very serious, taking its toll not only on a workers’ well-being but also on the company’s reputation.

Some examples of the most common types of hand injuries:

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Lacerations (63%)

Skin cuts or lacerations have the highest occurrence of traumatic hand injuries in the workplace due to the use of cutting tools such as knives, razors and power tools. The damage due from a laceration can range from a simple skin cut to more serious injuries such as severed nerves, tendons and even limbs.

Crush Injuries (13%)

High pressured machines and other tools used to pound, squeeze, or pulverize objects in the workplace can cause accidental crush injuries to the hands. This type of hand injury results in seriously fractured bones, which could also affect nerves, leading to temporary or permanent paralysis.

Punctures (6%)

Hand puncture injury can be caused by using sharp and pointed tools such as knives, wires and nails. It can cause serious damage to a nerve or bone and even cause infection if left untreated.

Prevent Hand Injuries: What to do?

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Workers who are exposed to the use of machinery and mechanisms on a daily basis are susceptible to hand injuries. This is why it is essential to minimize the occurrence or damage caused by on-the-job hazards.

Wear the Right Hand Protection

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Wearing protective gear can lessen the risk of getting your hands injured. All you have to do is to select the proper type of gloves according to specific needs.

 
If you are working in a construction industry, opt for gloves that are made with leathers (leather work gloves) or polymers which can protect your hands from abrasive materials such as wood or metal splinters.

 
If you are handling chemicals, it is best to opt for chemical resistant gloves to avoid direct contact. These special gloves are usually made of latex, nitrile, neoprene, polyvinyl-chloride, or other polymer materials that can resist corrosive chemical substances.

 
If you use knives or are concerned about lacerations using a cut-resistant glove may prevent cuts. There are different materials these gloves are made of, but the most common would use Kevlar. There are also different ratings of cut-resistant gloves. The higher the rating the more protection you are afforded.

Commit to a Safety Program

Since workplace injuries and accidents among employees can be very costly, it is crucial for employers to ensure the health and safety of their workforce.

 
Thus, safety programs must be initiated by companies since most employees have very minimal awareness about why such training is vital, e.g. proper wear and care of hand protections.

 
Not only will it educate employees about working safely but it will also help prevent injuries in the workplace.

Disposable Gloves 101

Disposable Gloves 101

The Gist on Disposable Gloves

Disposable gloves keep your hands and environment safe from contaminants, chemicals, and other dangers. Disposable gloves are used for hand protection in medical, forensic, scientific, automotive, food service, cleaning, and industrial applications. Single-use gloves come in a variety of materials and are used in industries worldwide.

Uses for Disposable Gloves

Medical Gloves

Disposable gloves are used in medical examinations and procedures to create a safety barrier that helps to prevent cross-contamination. This keeps medical personnel /caregivers and patients safe. Un-powdered gloves (which are covered below) are used more often during surgery to prevent contaminates. Medical and examination gloves are usually of higher quality materials and thickness to prevent tearing and punctures during procedures.

Food Gloves

If you’re handling or preparing food, disposable food gloves are a necessity. Food gloves ensure your food and employees stay clean and sanitary and provide a barrier against germs. Single-use food gloves are conveniently disposable so you can just throw them away after use. Latex-alternative disposable gloves (such as nitrile or vinyl) or often used in food handling due to possible latex allergies.  The most popular food handling glove is made from Polyethylene. These low cost gloves are perfect when you need to change gloves often and need light protection.

General Purpose Disposable Gloves

General Purpose Disposable Gloves are just that. Used in many industries and shops to keep hands clean and protect against chemicals and more. General purpose disposable gloves are available in latex, nitrile, chloroprene, and vinyl. Each material has unique features (covered below). Use general purpose disposable gloves for light duty cleaning, painting, maintenance work and more.

Disposable Glove Materials

Latex Gloves

Durable latex gloves are great for a variety of uses across medical and industrial applications. Latex gloves come in a variety of sizes, with powdered and powder-free options. Powder helps with easy donning of the gloves.

Latex gloves are more elastic than nitrile and more puncture resistance than vinyl. Latex gloves naturally offer excellent chemical resistance.  Using latex gloves is not recommended if you have a latex allergy.

Nitrile Gloves

Nitrile is a synthetic version of latex. Nitrile disposable gloves have higher puncture and chemical resistance than other materials. Nitrile offers great protection against punctures, cuts, and snags. Nitrile gloves are often used in medical applications and procedures for these reasons.

Vinyl Gloves

Vinyl disposable gloves are a good alternative for those allergic to latex gloves or dislike other types of gloves. Great for single-use applications.  Exam Grade Vinyl Gloves are ideal for protection in a wide range of medical applications. Food Service Vinyl Gloves are often used in catering, food handling, and food prep. Vinyl gloves are available with or without powder for easier donning.

Polyethylene Gloves

The lowest cost and least protective type of disposable gloves are polyethylene gloves. These are ideal however for food handling, catering, and other food industry related applications. Polyethylene single use gloves keep your hands clean and offer basic contamination protection.

Do You Need Sterile Disposable Gloves?

Medical and Exam Disposable Gloves are available in sterile options. Sterile gloves are also used in cleanrooms and controlled environments. If you are doing work where any possible type of contamination is a worry, opt for sterile gloves. Sterile gloves are sterilized and come in sealed packaging to maintain freshness and sterility.

Powdered Disposable Gloves

Disposable gloves are made of different polymers including latex, nitrile, and vinyl. They come un-powdered, or powdered to lubricate the gloves, making them easier to put on the hands. Again, if contaminates are a concern, opt for powder-free disposable gloves. However, for other applications, powder makes the gloves much easier to wear and change out.

If you have any questions or can’t quite decide what type of glove you, please give us a call and we’ll be glad to assist you in your selection!

Back From The 2016 National Safety Council Expo

2016 National Safety Council Expo

Jeff dropped by the World’s Largest Annual Safety Exhibit in Anaheim, CA earlier this week to find the best new safety products for our customers. He scouted more than 1,000 exhibitors showcasing new and innovative safety products across 200,000 sq ft.!

In the coming weeks we will be introducing new safety products straight from leading industry manufacturers to you!

Here’s a sneak-peek at what’s coming.

High Visibility Garments

Being seen is critical for worker safety, especially in equipment and vehicle work, and low light environments. We’re expanding our Highly Visible Safety Garments including jackets, hoodies, pants, rain gear & more.

Keystone Disposable Coveralls

New Keystone Microporous Coveralls are 40% thicker and 40% less than Tyvek Coveralls! Saving you money and providing extra performance.

Disposable Black Shoe Covers

Hard to find black protective shoe covers will be available from Harmony! These shoe covers look professional for industry work and contractors and are a breathable, cloth-like material. Protects carpets and floors, and fits over work boots!

Disposable High Visibility Gloves

Great for food processing plants.  The diamond grip surface for sure handling in wet conditions.  Bright orange gloves can be easily seen for compliance and the extra-thick 8 mil glove won’t shred.

All in all, a productive show for Harmony.

Get A Grip On Palm Coated Gloves

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What Are Coated Gloves?

Nothing beats a firm grip on work. Palm Coated Gloves (AKA Dipped Gloves) are designed to protect your hands from cuts and abrasions and offer extra grip.

Most coated gloves are made of engineered knit fibers for the glove part. The glove “shell” is then dipped in various coatings to make that great gripping texture and protection!

Different Coatings, Different Jobs

Coatings provide additional protection while resisting punctures and abrasions and offering improved grip while working.

Natural Rubber Latex Palm Coated Gloves latex-coated-gloves

Natural Rubber Textured Latex Palm Coatings offer good grip. Latex coating provides abrasion resistance and is great for handling building materials. Latex has very high elasticity and grip compared to other glove materials, and withstands extreme temperature and tearing.

Latex coated gloves are great for a number of tasks including general maintenance, shipping, receiving, assembling, and concrete/brick/lumber handling.

  • High elasticity and grip.
  • Great tear resistance.
  • Poor resistance against most hydrocarbon and organic solvents (i.e. gasoline).
  • Can cause allergic reactions.

Nitrile Palm Coated Glovesnitrile-coated-gloves

Nitrile Palm Coating has high puncture and chemical resistance. It offers greater tactile feedback, grip, and abrasion resistance, even when wet. 3x more puncture resistant than rubber latex!

Nitrile coated gloves provide excellent resistance to punctures, cuts, snags, abrasions, oils, and fuels.

  • Synthetic version of latex.
  • 3x more puncture resistant than latex rubber.
  • Stands up well to oil, organic solvents, and fuels.

Nitrile Micro Foam Coated Glovesmicro-foam-nitrile-coated-gloves

Nitrile micro foam coated gloves are a good choice for working in “wet” environments. The microfoam coating acts similar to a sponge and provides extra gripping power.

  • Additional foam coating acts like a sponge, increasing gripping power.
  • Good tactile sensitivity and dexterity.

Polyurethane Palm Coated Glovespolyurethane-coated-gloves

Great for small parts handling. Non-allergenic. Good stretch, strength, and softness. Low particulate shed. Great for protection from cuts from sheet metal, steel & glass. Resistant to oils, solvents and grease. They are not designed to protect from excessive heat or cold or from harsh chemicals.

  • Grips well without being “sticky”.
  • Breathable and dexterous.
  • Resists oil, solvents, gasoline, fats, greases, and oxidation.
  • Poor resistance to hot water.

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