Tips On Choosing The Right Cut Resistant Gloves
As much as we’d prefer they didn’t, accidents do happen and they can have a huge negative impact on your workers. From minor injuries to severe pain, from a managerial perspective, accidents disrupt production and can be very expensive. Worst case scenarios include diminished worker morale and productivity, major legal costs and sanctions from regulatory bodies.
Educating and persuading employees to wear personal protective gear (PPE) is one of the best ways to avoid small accidents. It’s better to invest in safety equipment and sustain a positive workplace image than it is to neglect workers and have to spend money covering injury-related costs.
For many construction and manufacturing workers, their hands are their most valuable tool, and if damaged, they’re very difficult to fix; because hands are so complex and relatively delicate, an injury to them might mean broken bones and damaged nerves and tendons, and when full recovery is achievable, it might take weeks or months.
Here are some tips on how to choose the right cut resistant glove:
Make sure your gloves are Certified to AS/NZS 2161.3:2005 Occupational protective gloves – Protection against mechanical risks. Since your safety eyewear, hard hats and boots must all be certified, so should your gloves.
While some cut-resistant gloves only protect against cuts, other products can protect from punctures, abrasion and tears as well. Make sure you know what risks your workers are exposed to before looking for the appropriate protection for them.
Depending on the environment your workers perform under, they might need extra grip – oily and/or greasy surfaces and conditions.
Make sure you keep an eye out for the materials. Personal protective equipment can be quite costly if you buy the wrong product or a cheap low-quality alternative so make sure you select high-quality products that are custom made for your application.
Make sure your workers are provided with safety equipment that fit them properly and cater to their specific needs. Gloves that don’t fit and are therefore uncomfortable – no matter their quality – end up in the toolbox or bin and are never used.
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