When considering the hierarchy of hazard control, as prescribed by NIOSH, PPE is the last line of defence. If the hazard cannot be handled via: elimination; substitution, engineering controls; or administrative controls, then PPE must be used to protect the wearer from harm.
One such example where human intervention is often unavoidable is handling and storage. Often, goods must be carried manually. In these circumstances, there is more risk to the safety of the individual. According to HSE, 33% of injuries reported within manual handling are caused by falling objects, whilst 25% are caused by hand tools such as knives.
“according to HSE, 33% of injuries reported within manual handling are caused by falling objects”
What this demonstrates is that those conducting manual handling tasks needs PPE that provides good grip and cut protection. This starts with the gloves that they wear.
Safety gloves that have latex or nitrile coatings have better grip than PU, helping the wearer to keep a hold on whatever they’re carrying and reduce the amount of dropped objects. Safety gloves with cut resistance will keep hands protected from potential injuries caused by box cutters or scissors.
Traffi are the hand protection specialists, contact us today to talk about how we can help you’re your handling and storage safety needs.
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