Hands Up! Keeping Your Hands Safe From Harm Is More Work Than You Think

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In the safety world, we hear a lot of scary statistics like the 4,836 workers killed on the job in 2015. From there, the focus of safety discussions largely keys in on bigger issues in preventing workplace fatalities and other serious, non-fatal injuries.

In the ever-so-stylish wardrobe of safety workwear, we talk of helmets, ear protection, and high visibility reflective pants, jackets, fluorescent vests, and other accessories. It turns out we don’t talk much about a tool we use more than any: our hands. Your reflective pants and orange safety vest aren’t doing much to protect your hands, so let’s look into some hand hazards that’ll give you ample reason to glove up and take care of your digits.

The usual suspects
Cuts, bruises, nicks, scratches, scrapes, and any number of the little pains your hands bear on a daily basis. What these seemingly minor bumps cause is steadily weakened hands, which, over time, will begin to lose the power they once had. Untreated, these minor mishaps can develop into serious injuries and infections that can be altogether avoided by proper hand protection.

Burns
An offshoot of the usual suspects, burns have to be treated with a special level of respect. Thermal, electrical, and chemical burns have devastating power and often cause permanent damage. Both superficial harm and internal nerve damage from burns isn’t something to risk when your gloves can withstand the brunt of a burn.

Repetitive strain
Repetitive strain injuries (RSIs) are a fact of many jobs. Jobs with both high and low physical intensity are prone to repetitive strain. People in offices develop carpal tunnel syndrome and arthritic wrists/fingers from excessive typing. People using their hands, say, chainsawing develop arm and hand injuries from constant vibration and grip. Hands are some of the most commonly afflicted body parts in RSIs. It’s important that if you’re part of a job that does repetitive motions to take breaks to stretch and relieve that strain.

Keep your whole body safe while working and future you will thank present you. Your hands are used for so many things that they can often go under the radar when it comes to consistent care and safety. Don’t neglect them and it’ll be one of the best body choices you’ll make, hands down.

How to Choose the Right Uniform for Your New Company

construction safety vestYou’ve started a new company and it’s time to hire employees. Depending on your business, there are many factors that go into choosing the correct type of uniform for your new employees. When deciding on what to get, consider these factors when making your final decision.

Function
This is the primary factor in choosing your employee’s work attire. Nothing matters quite as much as this one. If your company involves construction, it’s unlikely you’ll want to put your employees in a skirt. What does your business seek to accomplish? What are the tasks you will be doing each day? And how does the clothing allow your employees to accomplish this task? For employees that need to do a lot of running around and leaning over, like food service and construction, stain-resistant pants and shirts are a necessity. If you work outside, your employees might need high visibility pants and jackets to be seen at night. Think about how your employees move and what is needed to keep them safe.

The branding
Ask yourself this: what kind of message are you trying to convey with your uniform? If you work in a restaurant you may opt for light, cotton safety shirts with a prominent logo so your employees are identifiable to your customers. If you’re hiring employees to work in an office space where they rarely interact with customers or business partners, allowing more casual attire may be an option. Consider the placement of your brand’s logo on your employees’ work attire. If your employees work outside, displaying a logo on a custom reflective jacket is a great way to catch the eye of your consumer.

Safety is a must
If you’re working in a dangerous environment, the proper safety precautions must be enforced. A new employee is three times more likely to hurt themselves within the first month than older employees.

These types of jobs might include construction workers, traffic enforcers, police officers — these careers all require the use of a bright construction safety vest, often seen in the form of a construction safety vest. Though your new job may not require construction, it’s a good idea to purchase a construction safety vest for each of your employees if you ever work outside or at night.

Durability
To avoid replacing your work attire often, it’s important to make sure you get a comfortable, yet durable fabric. You want it to wash easily, but look good. Depending on the type of business you’re running, polyester may be a better option than cotton if the job gets dirty. Luckily, safety clothing comes in a variety of colors and fabrics to protect your employees.

Choosing the right work attire for your employees is never an easy task. Consider these factors when you choose your employees’ new uniform.