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Hand safety

  1. 1. HAND SAFETY
  2. 2. Your hands are your most important tool. • Over 16 million people suffer hand injuries per year. • Over a quarter million of those are serious & often disabling injuries each year. • 25% of all industrial injuries involve the hand.
  3. 3. Facts • The most common type of hand injury is a crushing or compression injury. • Men are 9 times more likely to receive a hand injury than women. • Most hand injuries involve a lack of adequate personal protective equipment.
  4. 4. Fact • Each year, more than 15,000 workers end up in the emergency room as a result of hand-tool-related injuries.
  5. 5. Fact • Some 30,000 persons are injured annually using hammers. • 25,000 using standard blade screwdrivers & spanners.
  6. 6. Common Causes • Use of unprotected or faulty machinery or equipment. • Failure to use guards, kill-switches, or to follow appropriate lock-out procedures are among the leading hand hazards. • Wearing jewelry, gloves, or loose-fitting clothing around moving parts can also lead to injury.
  7. 7. Causes • Chemicals, corrosives, & other irritating substances can cause burns & skin inflammation unless appropriate hand protection is used. • Improper use or maintenance of the hand tool. • Lack of protective gloves or not using the appropriate accessories for the tool.
  8. 8. Typical Injuries • • • • • • Puncture wounds Severed fingers Broken fingers Contusions Temperature extremes Electrical hazards
  9. 9. Guideline’s for Hand Safety • Be alert to potential hand hazards before an accident can happen. • Be alert to possible unguarded pinch points. • Always use guards, shields & other protective devices when appropriate. • Do not remove guards.
  10. 10. Guidelines Continued • Use brushes to wipe away debris. • Inspect equipment & machinery before & after tasks to make sure that it is in good operating condition. • Disconnect power & follow established lock-out procedures before repairing or cleaning machinery.
  11. 11. Guidelines Continued • Never wear gloves, jewelry, or loose clothing when working with moving machine parts. • Use the appropriate personal protective equipment. • When wearing gloves, be sure they fit properly & are rated for the specific task you are performing.
  12. 12. NOT ALL GLOVES ARE THE SAME!!!!!!! • Consult your Supervisor for proper glove type.
  13. 13. SELECT PROPER TOOLS • Use the right tool for the job • Select tools that will keep your wrists straight to avoid repetitive motion/overuse problems.
  14. 14. Take care of your hands.

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