Research has suggested that 70% of hand injuries happen after safety gloves have been removed, with the average reported hand injury equating to six days of lost working hours. The hand is also the most commonly injured body part, and is more than twice as likely to be injured than an arm, shoulder or wrist (ISB Group). In a recent survey 40% of companies said that the principle cause of hand injuries was due to the lack of personal safety gloves or cut-resistant gloves. This research proves it is crucial that workers remember to wear their safety gloves, in order to remove the chance of hand injuries.
Here are five top tips to help workers remember to wear their safety gloves:
1. Keep gloves near your work tools and other PPE
Keeping all of the PPE together in one place will help your workers to remember to wear it. If the safety gloves are next to their hard hat, protective eye-wear or other equipment they will have a better chance of remembering to wear their gloves.
2. Don’t take them off!
Try and get your workers to wear their safety gloves throughout the day and avoid removing them. Purchasing touchscreen gloves could be a great way of avoiding the need to constantly remove gloves to use mobile phones, tablets or other touch screen devices during daily routines and therefore potentially forgetting to put them back on.
3. Select comfortable, trendy styles
Comfortable safety gloves can reduce the urge to remove them. Our TraffiGloves have gone through extensive testing to ensure comfort, dexterity and flexibility is provided, even at the higher cut levels. If workers don’t have enough dexterity or flexibility to carry out their tasks, they may be forced to remove their gloves, leaving them totally unprotected. Safety gloves come in a variety of sizes for a reason. Make sure each worker has a well fitted pair of gloves, improving comfort.
4. Listen to reminders
Ensure signs are read and workers are listening to safety directors and peers. It is important to make sure individuals are paying attention to reminders telling them to wear their safety gloves.
5. Participate in reward programs
Incentives could be a great way to ensure workers prioritise safety protocols put in place, such as rewarding your workers with an extra day off or cash for long periods of time where no dangerous accidents occurred.