A wide range of everyday work tasks may put your hands at risk. And while hand injuries on the job are quite common, many are preventable with proper precautions. Here are some tips to help protect your hands while you work and avoid occupational injuries:
- Make use of machine guards. Never operate machinery that does not have a working guard to protect your hands.Always use a lockout device on machinery when you have to reach into it for any reason. Immediately replace guards when you remove them.
- Wear gloves. Always protect your hands by wearing work gloves when handling rough materials or performing operations where you are using your hands to lift or move objects. Choose the right gloves for the task and inspect them thoroughly before use.
- Be cautious of sharp objects. Utilize the correct safety procedures when handling knives, box cutters and other sharp objects. Don’t pick up broken glass, nails or other sharp objects not meant for handling with bare hands.
If you are unsure about the type of gloves to wear to adequately protect yourself, or if you have any other issues regarding the protection of your hands on the job, talk to your supervisor.
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