Hand and upper extremity injuries make up a large percentage of non-fatal workplace injuries. The American Society of Safety Engineers conducted a study in 2015 highlighting workplace injuries. They discovered that close to 300,000 nonfatal workplace injuries involve the upper extremities. Research also revealed that over 100,000 workers injure their hands.
Most workplace injuries are preventable if the right safety precautions are in place. Employers must pay attention to worker safety and they must provide protective gear for all of their employees. Cut-resistant gloves are the gold standard in worker safety. There are three agencies dedicated to creating and regulating glove safety standards: The American National Standards Institute (ANSI), International Safety Equipment Association(ISEA), and Protective Gloves Against Mechanical Risks.
OSHA requires employers to properly train employees before putting them on the floor. In addition, employers must provide appropriate protective gear to workers to help prevent a workplace injury. Cut-resistant gloves are the best way to prevent upper extremity injuries. Employees should take extra precaution when buying and distributing gloves to workers. They must ensure gloves are properly fitted and durable enough to perform the job duty. Ill-fitted gloves become a safety hazard and gloves that lack proper durability put employees at risk of injury.
Testing of Protective Gloves
Various global agencies work to test the durability and resistance of different cut-resistant gloves. The American National Standards Institute and International Safety Equipment Association perform the ASTM F2992-15 classification test. A tomodynamometer (TDM) machine, armed with a sharp blade, is used to puncture the glove under varying levels of pressure. The agencies use nine different classification fields to log results.
The ASTM F2292-15 and ISO 13997 classification system rates gloves on an A to F scale, or A1 to A9 scale. A-rated gloves can withstand the most pressure, A9 or F gloves withstand the least. Weight is measured in grams and newtons.
The bottom line is that employers should purchase gloves that fit the specifications of the job function. Gloves can never be too durable or too safe and should be stored in an area that is easy to access. Employers must also implement rules that require employees to wear gloves whenever they handle certain machines or objects.
Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Gross Protect Those Affected by Workplace InjuriesMost hand injuries are preventable, but accidents happen. If you have been injured on the job, there are steps you can take to ensure you receive the justice you deserve. Please call our Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers today at 267-589-0090 for a free consultation. You can also contact the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Gross using our online form. Our offices are centrally located in Philadelphia.