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PPE: Hand Protection
© Business & Legal Reports, Inc Session Objectives You will be able to: Identify hand hazards Choose appropriate gloves for work tasks Know the limitations of hand protection Use and take care of protective equipment
© Business & Legal Reports, Inc Hands—Essential Tools Buttoning your shirt Pouring a cup of coffee Eating with a spoon or fork Dialing and using the phone Using hand tools Operating machinery Do NOT take your hands for granted!
© Business & Legal Reports, Inc Hand Injuries Nearly one-fourth of work injuries involve the hands or fingers 70% of workers sustaining hand injuries were not wearing gloves 30% of workers sustaining hand injuries were wearing improper or damaged gloves Wearing proper gloves in good condition prevents hand injuries
© Business & Legal Reports, Inc Hand Hazard Review Skin absorption of harmful substances Severe cuts or lacerations Severe abrasions Pinches and crushes Punctures Chemical burns Thermal burns
© Business & Legal Reports, Inc Skin Absorption of Harmful Substances Solvents Harmful dusts Pesticides, insecticides, fertilizers
© Business & Legal Reports, Inc Severe Cuts or Lacerations Presses or shears Saws Hand tools Straps, wires
© Business & Legal Reports, Inc Severe Abrasions Sanders or grinders Conveyor belts Rotating shafts Scrap metal or broken glass
© Business & Legal Reports, Inc Pinches and Crushes Most common type of severe hand/finger injury Machine guard disabled or bypassed Material handling Doors
© Business & Legal Reports, Inc Punctures Drill press Nail gun Hand tools Metal or wood slivers
© Business & Legal Reports, Inc Chemical Burns Acids Caustics Cleaning chemicals
© Business & Legal Reports, Inc Thermal Burns Welding and cutting Steam operations Molten metal Ovens
© Business & Legal Reports, Inc Cold and Frostbite Outdoor construction work in cold weather Refrigerated rooms or containers Working with cold chemicals Commercial fishermen Unheated warehouses in cold climates
© Business & Legal Reports, Inc Other Hand Issues Carpal tunnel syndrome Vibration Fractures or compression
© Business & Legal Reports, Inc Hand Hazards and Injuries—Any Questions? Any questions about workplace hazards to your hands?
© Business & Legal Reports, Inc Evaluate and Select Hand Protection Tasks to be performed Conditions present Duration of use Hazards and potential hazards identified
© Business & Legal Reports, Inc Selecting Chemical- Resistant Gloves Type of chemical Chemical contact Abrasion and cut resistance Length and cuff requirements Dexterity and grip Thermal protection
© Business & Legal Reports, Inc Chemical-Resistant Glove Materials Butyl Rubber Neoprene Nitrile
© Business & Legal Reports, Inc Chemical-Resistant Glove Materials (cont.) Polyvinyl chloride Polyvinyl alcohol Viton Silver shield
© Business & Legal Reports, Inc Chemical-Resistant Glove Use and Care Inspection Washing Glove removal Reuse or disposal Place gloves in a dry and clean area Image credit: State of WA-WISHA
© Business & Legal Reports, Inc Selecting Cut, Abrasion, & Puncture-Resistant Gloves Metal mesh, steel core, Kevlar ® Length and cuff requirements Dexterity and grip Thermal protection
© Business & Legal Reports, Inc Selecting Disposable Gloves Protection against bloodborne pathogens Latex allergy or sensitivity Nitrile gloves comparable to latex Protection against some chemicals Easily rip, tear, puncture Correct size
© Business & Legal Reports, Inc Selecting Electrically Insulated Gloves Handling live wires or energized electrical equipment Electrically tested every 6 months Cannot be used if not tested in past 12 months Inspect for signs of wear or holes
© Business & Legal Reports, Inc Selecting Other Gloves Heat resistant Cold resistant Antivibration General work gloves
© Business & Legal Reports, Inc Glove Selection—Any Questions? Any questions about the selection of gloves?
© Business & Legal Reports, Inc General Glove Use and Care Gloves must fit properly Hands should be clean Clean fabric and leather gloves regularly Inspect gloves for damage and replace if necessary Gloves should be the right length Do not use fabric or leather gloves with liquid chemicals
© Business & Legal Reports, Inc Contaminated Glove Removal Bare hands should not touch the outside of your gloves Grasp outside of one glove with other gloved hand and pull off Insert fingers of ungloved hand under cuff of glove on other hand Pull glove off hand by pulling on inside surface of the glove
© Business & Legal Reports, Inc Glove Limitations Gloves can get caught in moving machinery Some people are allergic to latex gloves Chemicals can get inside the gloves and cause problems Gloves can fail under extreme conditions
© Business & Legal Reports, Inc Prevent Dermatitis Keep hands clean Use moisturizers to prevent dryness and cracking Use barrier creams to protect against skin irritants
© Business & Legal Reports, Inc Glove Protection—Any Questions? Any questions about the use and care of gloves?
© Business & Legal Reports, Inc Key Points to Remember Know the hand hazards in your workplace Understand the types of gloves needed to protect against chemicals Wear cut-resistant gloves when using knives or sharp objects Keep hands out of a machine’s danger zone Do not wear gloves around machinery with moving parts
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