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Hand Safety

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Hand Safety

  1. 1. HAND SAFETY
  2. 2. Your hands are your most important tool. <ul><li>Over 16 million people suffer hand injuries per year. </li></ul><ul><li>Over a quarter million of those are serious & often disabling injuries each year. </li></ul><ul><li>25% of all industrial injuries involve the hand. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Facts <ul><li>The most common type of hand injury is a crushing or compression injury. </li></ul><ul><li>Men are 9 times more likely to receive a hand injury than women. </li></ul><ul><li>Most hand injuries involve a lack of adequate personal protective equipment. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Fact <ul><li>Each year, more than 115,000 Americans end up in the emergency room as a result of hand-tool-related injuries. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Fact <ul><li>Some 30,000 persons are injured annually using hammers. </li></ul><ul><li>25,000 using standard blade screwdrivers & crescent wrenches. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Common Causes <ul><li>Use of unprotected or faulty machinery or equipment. </li></ul><ul><li>Failure to use guards, kill-switches, or to follow appropriate lock-out procedures are among the leading hand hazards. </li></ul><ul><li>Wearing jewelry, gloves, or loose-fitting clothing around moving parts can also lead to injury. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Causes <ul><li>Chemicals, corrosives, & other irritating substances can cause burns & skin inflammation unless appropriate hand protection is used. </li></ul><ul><li>Improper use or maintenance of the hand tool. </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of protective gloves or not using the appropriate accessories for the tool. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Typical Injuries <ul><li>Puncture wounds </li></ul><ul><li>Severed fingers </li></ul><ul><li>Broken fingers </li></ul><ul><li>Contusions </li></ul><ul><li>Temperature extremes </li></ul><ul><li>Electrical hazards </li></ul>
  9. 9. Guideline’s for Hand Safety <ul><li>Be alert to potential hand hazards before an accident can happen. </li></ul><ul><li>Be alert to possible unguarded pinch points. </li></ul><ul><li>Always use guards, shields & other protective devices when appropriate. </li></ul><ul><li>Do not remove guards. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Guidelines Continued <ul><li>Use brushes to wipe away debris. </li></ul><ul><li>Inspect equipment & machinery before & after tasks to make sure that it is in good operating condition. </li></ul><ul><li>Disconnect power & follow established lock-out procedures before repairing or cleaning machinery. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Guidelines Continued <ul><li>Never wear gloves, jewelry, or loose clothing when working with moving machine parts. </li></ul><ul><li>Use the appropriate personal protective equipment. </li></ul><ul><li>When wearing gloves, be sure they fit properly & are rated for the specific task you are performing. </li></ul>
  12. 12. NOT ALL GLOVES ARE THE SAME!!!!!!! <ul><li>Consult your products MSDS or Supervisor for proper glove type. </li></ul>
  13. 13. SELECT PROPER TOOLS <ul><li>Use the right tool for the job </li></ul><ul><li>Select tools that will keep your wrists straight to avoid repetitive motion/overuse problems. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Take care of your hands.

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