April 2019 Free Safety Meetings

Cut Resistant Gloves – Why Not?

As the thermostat drops our skin tends to become dry faster. When your skin becomes dry it will rip and tear easier. In 2017 there were over 1,000,000 hand injuries in the United States. Over the years I have witnessed several different approaches to hand protection. Every situation can be different. Some types of jobs may not need gloves at all, where others will.

My favorite type of cut resistant glove is the Terminator glove. This glove is seamless knit with an all grip coating. This glove will work well in wet, dry, or oily situations. In addition, this glove can be washed if it becomes dirty and soiled. A favorite of craftsmen that still require dexterity.

An effective glove policy starts with glove selection. Give your team different options to choose from. This allows them to find a glove that will fit well and protect their hands. Next, how will you enforce your glove policy? Most companies have a simple disciplinary policy included within their safety manual. Find your disciplinary policy and review it with everyone prior to implementing your new glove policy. It is only fair to ensure that everyone knows the rules up front. If enforcement actions are needed, be sure to document them. Only giving verbal warnings over and over will lead to hand injuries. The reason for the hand injuries will be the gloves not being worn. Take this aspect of your glove policy seriously. Lastly, be sure to have enough gloves for everyone!

What are some situations that your team finds it difficult to wear gloves? If so, why?

What type of glove policy does your employer follow? Is it effective, or could it be improved? For a free consultation about cut resistant gloves please reach out to us by emailing [email protected] or dialing 877-209-9648.

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