New hand safety site focuses on preventing hand injuries

A new website targeting the construction industry may help to provide workplace safety tips to prevent occupational hand injuries and other work-related disorders. The Choose Hand Safety site, which was developed by the Center for Construction Research and Training, includes information on best practices for picking ergonomic hand tools that could help workers reduce their chance of injury. Certain hand tools may not be suitable for workers because they are not properly sized to their hands, which could result in hand and wrist issues. When workers have to position their hands and wrists in awkward positions, this could lead to strain injuries as well as having a weakened grip.

Choose Hand Safety reminds employers that while tools may be ergonomically designed, they still need to ensure the tools fit into employees’ hands comfortably and are appropriate for the job or function. When looking for a hand tool, construction workers may want to add grips or modify the size of the tools’ handles to ensure a good fit.

Importance of choosing the right gloves to prevent chemical exposure
Workers may report skin disorders, which might result from choosing the wrong gloves. Employers may want to use the website to guide them in choosing the proper gloves that will help prevent these conditions, according to Choose Hand Safety.

When determining which types of gloves workers may have to use, employers are required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to undergo a hazard assessment of the workplace. Particular risks in the workplace, such as chemical hazards, may be a factor in which personal protective equipment (PPE) and other workplace safety resources employers may have to equip workers with. Chemical exposure may lead to skin disorders like dermatitis, according to OSHA. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) recorded 34,400 skin diseases in 2010, which is equivalent to a rate of 3.4 injuries per 10,000 employees. Since most chemicals are absorbed through the skin, construction industry employers may want to train their workers on how to properly select PPE that will adequately protect their hands from chemical exposure.

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