Hands are an important part of the human body. In any business, hands are the most used by employees performing any task. Hands are used routinely working with tools, different of machines, hammer, scissors, knives of all kinds, and other tools might be considered dangerous. Our hands are vulnerable to lacerations in a matter of seconds, and sometimes these injures can be permanent. Hand safety training according to the OSHA hand safety requirement can be very helpful in preventing these types of injuries.
The implementation and use of engineering practices, personal protective equipment, safe work practices, and proper first aid procedures can also help reduce or eliminate the risk of injuries like hand lacerations.
- General Hand Safety:
- Clear and effective hand safety program. Includes:
- Safe work practices.
- Safety rules that could affect hands.
- Safe equipment (not defective or missing parts).
- Inspection and hazard identification.
- Use of proper PPE or hand protection, when necessary.
- Safety and first aid training.
- This hand safety program must be in compliance with OSHA requirements.
- Some Safety Tips:
- Always read and understand manufacturer directions.
- Containers must be labeled correctly.
- Do not wipe your hands with contaminated rags.
- Stay alert when working with your hands.
- Work at your own pace.
- Do not rush to do your job or take short cuts.
- Inspect your work space before starting work.
- Use a push stick to feed a circular saw.
- Do not leave sharp edges exposed at the work area.
- Follow adequate housekeeping procedures.
- Do not wear rings or other jewelry that can be easily caught in machines.