Hands are valuable butalso most vulnerableNews items such the following is rather distressing to read and is regrettably escalating:“A worker sustained serious injuries to his right hand at a manufacturing plant in Epping thismorning after his hand became caught between two rollers of the machine he was operating atthe time.The events leading up to the incident is unclear at this stage, but the worker, aged 42, wasworking on the machine when his right hand got caught and pulled into the rolling mechanism.The worker then activated the emergency stop button preventing the machine from doing anyfurther harm. Concerned co-workers rushed to the man‟s aid.The machines rolling mechanism called for the top roller to be dismantled. Technicians laterlifted the top roller of the man‟s hand with the use of a crane, freeing the injured worker fromthe machine. ER24 paramedics arrived at the scene and found the man in severe pain.The man had sustained crushing injuries to his right hand, up to his wrist as well as a deeplaceration. Paramedics treated the man for his injuries and administered pain relievingmedication before transporting him to a nearby hospital for further treatment.The incident will be investigated by the appropriate authority.” (Andre Visser, ER24)
Hands are superbly designed tools ofamazing strength and dexterity. They canpinch, grasp, twist, lift, hold andmanipulate while doing a wide variety ofother specific tasks. Hands together with wrists are a complexsystem of bones, muscles andtendons, ligaments, blood vessels andnerves protected by layers of skin.
A total of 27 hand and wrist bones are connectedto the muscles by tendons. Ligaments join bonestogether and hold the joints in place. Blood vessels supply nourishment to all theseparts. Nerves convey sensations and help to controlhand and finger movements. The skin provides a barrier againstchemicals, heat and cold. Skin on the back of the hand is thin and elasticand, on the palm, it is thick to providetraction, cushioning and insulation.
According to the Centers for Disease Control andPrevention (CDC), hand injuries account for 1,080,000emergency department visits by workers per year in theUnited States. In fact, as part of the analysis done on bodyparts injured in heavy industry, the hand was the numberone body part that was injured. Hand injuries resulting from cuts and puncture cost theconstruction industry $382 million each year, this injuryfigure is second only to back strain and spraininjury, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics(BLS):◦ 70 present of workers who experienced hand injuries were notwearing gloves◦ The remaining 30 present of injured workers did wear gloves, butexperienced injuries because the gloves wereinadequate, damaged or wrong for the type of hazard present
Workplace hazards and handinjury prevention Hands are exposed to the followingworkplace hazards:◦ skin absorption of harmful substances◦ severe cuts or lacerations◦ severe abrasions or punctures◦ chemical burns or thermal burns◦ harmful temperature extremes◦ vibrations (HAVS: Hand Arm VibrationSyndrome)◦ impact and blunt force
In addition to the physical harm that handinjuries pose to workers, these injuries alsotake a financial toll. The average hand injury claim has nowexceeded $6,000, with each lost timeworkers compensation claim reaching nearly$7,500, according to the Bureau of LaborStatistics and the National Safety Council. The overall drain on employee productivitybecomes apparent especially when youconsider that there are about 110,000estimated lost time hand injuries every year.
Gloves save hands While glove use is not the only way toprotect against hand injuries, it is acrucial component of any injuryprevention programme. A Liberty Mutual Research Institute forSafety study found that wearing glovesreduces hand injury risk by 60 present.
Employers must do appropriate researchin order to select the right glove for theworkers‟ needs. Fortunately, advanced technology hasresulted in hand protection products thatmeet specific needs while enhancingworker comfort, dexterity andproductivity.
Hand protection products are available,for example, that offer up to 300 presentmore abrasion and cut resistance thanleather gloves. Gloves are also offered that are form-fitted with an ergonomic design thatenhances comfort and allows workers tokeep the gloves on throughout the day.
Bramhope Safety Solutions has recentlyannounced hand protection innovationsintroduced as a result of a partnershipformed with a Eureka, a Swedish family-owned business and innovators who to focuson quality and continuous improvement. Quality hand protection products aremanufactured at Eureka‟s factory in Chinaand raw materials are obtained from varioussuppliers in Europe, Taiwan, Korea andJapan.
Bramhope Safety Solutions now offerproducts in the following range:◦ SupraCoat : high quality waterborne PU/Nitrilefoam◦ SupraBlock Cut : unique cut resistant fibre◦ SupraCoat Dry : strong and durable oil and waterrepellence treatment◦ SupraBlock 4u : durable synthetic leather(microfiber fabric)◦ SupraBlock Impact : excellent impact protection◦ SupraBlock Stop : needle stick resistant fabric
Eureka 13-4 Edge Series NOT All CE Level 5 gloves are created equal. Many of thesegloves offer a minimal level of protection for industrialapplications. There is significant confusion in globalmarkets because many glove manufacturers misrepresenthow they test their gloves, and the standard doesntprovide clear direction. The Eureka 13-4 Edge products are evaluated according toEN388 / ISO 13997, the mandatory performance standardfor all gloves as standardised and regulated by the CEN. The cut-test method, called the Coup test, uses a constantweight on a counter-rotating circular blade that is movedback and forth across a sample by the test machine. TheISO 13997 test is the recommended methods by theEN388 standard to calibrate the cut resistance of high cut-resistant materials.
CE Level 5 gloves offer a wide array ofperformance ranges. Some of these glovesscore as low as 1,000 grams (10Newton), qualifying them barely for a Level 3on the ASTM/ISEA scale. Note that the force required to cut through isexpressed as grams in the ASTM test and inNewton in the ISO test. These numbers canbe converted for comparing the results onthese tests (100 grams = .98 Newton).
The Eureka 13-4 Edge Series provides morethan 2.5 kg of cut resistance. This innovative product features advancedknitting and construction which provide asuperior fit and comfort due to a sunk littlefinger bottom, ergonomically shaped coatingand two-layer knitting that eliminates anyfiberglass in the vicinity of the hand. Furthermore, the 13-4 Edge Series is 100%solvent free and available in Latex, texturednitrile or SupraCoat.
The revolutionary Eureka 13-4Edge Series from Bramhope SafetySolutions
Eureka Puncture Assembly Many cuts begin with a puncture. Cut-resistance tests are just one element ofwhat needs to be considered. Often punctures are misreported as cuts.A sharp edge, corner or other protrudinghazard can penetrate the glove andscrape or cut skin.
With knit gloves, the hazard actually canpoke through the open knit and cut theskin without cutting the glove. Depending on the density of the knit andgauge of the glove (the measure of thenumber of knitting needles per inch) andthe thickness of the fibres, a glove may“window,” with the knit spreadingapart, thus allowing a sharp point or bladeto cut the hand.
Plating with small guard plates can reducethis effect as the plates shield the knitstructure from the hazards. The plates alsolock in the knit and dont allow the knit towindow. Bramhope Safety Solutions offers a solutionwith ultra-tight woven Kevlar covered with anadvanced ceramic composite that provides anEN388 Cut Level 5 protection against needlesand other protruding hazards.
For industrial applications the 13-6 HeatNitrile is suitable as it is manufactured with aknitted and nitrile-coated para-aramidecomposite liner with puncture and needleresistant palm. The 13-6 Heat Nitrile has the extra ordinarycut resistance of EN388 Level 5 and a forceof 60N is required to cut through. The 13-6Heat Nitrile is evaluated according to EN388 /ISO 13997, the mandatory performancestandard for all gloves as standardised andregulated by the CEN.
The Eureka Puncture Assembly is available inred/grey colour, or all black fabric with gripdots in black leather
Eureka 15-1 AssemblyNitrile II The Nitrile glove provides barrier protectionwithout the hazards of latex allergy, designedto shield working hands from specificchemicals such as oil. An ultra-thin and solidlayer blocks oil penetration while the texturednitrile foam protects the barrier and providesan excellent grip. The exposed textile at the top of the hand isprotected by a high performancefluorocarbon that provides excellent oilrepellence, yet allowing some breathing toensure comfort.
Improved oil resistance Thin solid nitrile coating for best barrierproperties Nitrile foam for best grip SupraCoat Dry oil- and water repellent onback Strong and moisture transporting Nylon Elastic tight fit
The Eureka 15-1 Assembly Nitrile II isdesigned for precision handling in oily or dirtyenvironments
Eureka Impact XtremeSeries This glove was designed for unimpeded functionand performance, providing a powerful defensivelayer of shock absorbing armour to protect yourhands and fingers from crushing injuries. The Eureka Impact Xtreme Series combines highdexterity with a protection level 3-5 times higherthan traditional technologies through advancedthe uniquely designed SupraBlockImpactmaterial. A fitted „intelligent‟ foam layer provides up to fivetimes reduction of the bone shattering impactcompared to other gloves.
The Eureka Impact Xtreme Seriesis widely used in the miningindustry
Eureka 13-1 CleanAssembly Bramhope Safety Solutions has introduced the newEureka 13-1 Clean Assembly glove for “clean-touch”applications while offering the lowest possibleenvironmental impact. Wearing the appropriate barrier protection in foodhandling and food service as well as medicalestablishments is especially important in minimisingthe spread of bacteria and protecting consumers. This product is silicon and fingerprint-free and ismanufactured from 100% recycled un-dyed polyester.It is free from any emulsifiers, organic solvents andmost of the other chemicals found in standard rubbergloves.
An innovative clean green product– no environmental impact
Too often we forget just how amazing andvulnerable hands really are. Routinelyworking with tools or machinery cansometimes result in carelessness.Although cutting-edge PPE (PersonalProtective Equipment) technologies offerincreased protection, employees need tostay alert, be aware of hazards and worksafely at all times.
Bramhope Safety Solutions is a specialistimporter/wholesaler, supplier anddis-tributor of more than 17 000 CEcertified and ANSI approved safetyproducts through various re-sellers,partners and retail outlets. With operations in 18 Afri-can countries,Bramhope is the leading and fastestgrowing supplier of personal protectiveequipment across Africa.