WHAT ELSE CAN YOU DO TO ENSURE YOU DON’T INJURE YOUR HANDS?
CONDUCT A RISK ASSESSMENT. This is the first step that you should be doing in order to identify hazards that could put your hands at risk of injury.
ENGINEERING CONTROLS. Before using gloves, ask yourself if you can eliminate the hazard completely. If not, then consider if engineering controls can be used. Guarding is an excellent example of an engineering control.
CONSIDER ERGONOMIC RISKS. Are there any activities that may result in a repetitive strain injury, use physical force, is completed in an awkward position, or has prolonged exposure to vibration? These activities are rarely considered but are a leading culprit in hand injuries in the workplace.
PROPER TOOL USE AND CARE. Ensuring that you are not only using the appropriate tool for the job but also making sure the tools are properly maintained and inspected before use will help in reducing the likelihood of injury.
UNDERSTAND CHEMICAL USAGE RISKS. Ensuring you understand the risks involved in using chemicals and having the appropriate controls in place whilst using them.
A SUCCESSFUL AND ROBUST WHS SYSTEM. A WHS system with a positive safety culture is very important. This includes use of safe operating procedures and training to ensure tasks are completed safely as well as effective communication and feedback.
HOUSEKEEPING. An absolute guarantee in assisting in injury prevention. Construction debris can be odd-shaped and difficult to handle, not to mention containing sharp edges and puncture/pinch points. A bit of cleaning up can help save substantial injuries and improve morale on the worksite.
IMPORTANT TO NOTE
Always consider what type of gloves you are using and ensure they are the appropriate type for the task being undertaken.
If you have any queries or questions, please contact one of our WHS advisors, on 8348 1200, for assistance.