Among industrial safety topics, how to prevent hand injuries in the workplace is a universal priority. Whether a job is performed in a standing, sitting, or mobile position, hands are the primary body part that does the work. Everyone, even employees with seniority, benefits from reviewing hand safety tips and practices.
Hand Injuries Result From More than Just Cuts
Cuts, lacerations, and punctures aren’t the only types of hand injuries, which is why hand safety extends beyond the proper use of sharp tools. Sprains, fractures, and breaks resulting from falling, objects dropping, and equipment crushing bones and skin are also of concern. Fire, electrical sparks, and chemical burns, as well as exposure injuries such as frostbite and insect bites, all require protective measures.
It’s also important to discuss common myths that employees believe make them impervious to injuries. This includes the idea that hand safety training is instinctual and that only certain job tasks involve risk. When discussing hand injuries in the workplace, statistics from the National Safety Council report on protecting hands are helpful. This report estimates that hand injuries, depending on their severity, can incur medical costs up to $70,000.