Are your Hand Injuries Rising with the Temperatures?
Injuries occur when workers remove their PPE and “uncomfortable” is the number one reason cited for taking PPE off. During the summer months, the higher temperatures present a huge obstacle to keeping your worker’s hands protected. Safe behaviour is more likely to fall by the wayside as workers take their gloves off to gain relief from trapped heat in their gloves and the discomfort it causes including sweaty hands and irritated skin.
Did you see an increase in injuries? Contact dermatitis, trapped heat and sweating are a few of the growing challenges during the summer months. Here are some pointers for providing heat relief for your worker’s hands:
Remove sweat quickly
Sweating is an important aspect of keeping cool, but not when sweat is trapped inside a glove. Introducing breathable, seamless, antibacterial gloves helps to speed up sweat evaporation, keeping hands and arms free of sweat and your employees comfortable. In particular, moisture wicking liners pull moisture away from the hand in the same way that candles draw wax up the wick to the flame.
Overcome contact dermatitis
Contact dermatitis is a concern for glove wearers whatever the weather, but adding sweat can make the problem more severe. When hands are saturated with moisture or sweat, the skin tends to break more easily and the dreaded itchiness and rash appears. Using the latest glove technology and materials, you should be able to give your wearers breathable protection even in the most challenging of environments.
Keep injuries down with a Hand Protection Programme
A well-crafted Hand Protection Programme should help reduce or even eliminate instances of contact dermatitis, trapped heat and skin sweating. It will tackle these types of challenges simultaneously, regardless of the season. It will also eliminate the behaviour of removing gloves to relieve the discomfort, which increases injuries significantly.
Every Hand Protection Programme should be designed based on an understanding of the hazards in your workplace. It's easier to stick with the gloves you know, but the right partner can work with you to design your hand protection so workers keep their gloves on and stop injuries or near misses.
If you choose to make some changes to your glove provision, the right expertise is vital. Speak to one of the experts at Anchor Safety to discuss your needs and how to change gloves without compromising on protection.