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Hand and Finger Injury Prevention. A safety meeting to increase awareness related to hand and finger injuries in the workplace. Are there really that many hand/finger incidents?.

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hand and finger injury prevention

Hand and Finger Injury Prevention

A safety meeting to increase awareness related to hand and finger injuries in the workplace.

are there really that many hand finger incidents
Are there really that many hand/finger incidents?
  • Think about it! Most of the work we do is done with our hands. It stands to reason that they would be the most frequently injured body part.
  • Injuries to hands and fingers commonly are the most frequent for our customers and usually are about 25-30% more frequent than the next closest category.
what are the primary causes
What are the primary causes?
  • Hand Tools
  • Sharps in trash and reject materials (metal shavings, broken glass, etc.)
  • Pinch Point incidents
  • Handling abrasive materials
how can we prevent them
How can we prevent them?
  • Engineering Controls
    • Machine guarding
    • Safety devices on tools (spring loaded knives)
is there anything else we can do
Is there anything else we can do?
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
    • Gloves
    • Push Sticks for machine operations
safety rules to prevent injuries to the hands and fingers
Safety rules to prevent injuries to the hands and fingers
  • Use gloves where appropriate. Gloves should not be used when working around rotating machines or in areas where the glove fabric could become entangled and endanger your hand.
  • Never use defective or damaged tools and always use a tool for its intended purpose. (example—Do not use a screw driver as a chisel)
  • When cutting or trimming with a knife:
    • Always place the item to be trimmed on a firm surface. Do not place the items in your lap or support them with your arm for trimming.
    • Keep you knife sharp. Sharp knives require less operating hand pressure and therefore are less likely to result in slippage and stray cutting.
    • Always trim in a direction away from your body. You are far less likely to be injured by a stray cutting action if you follow this simple rule.
in summary
In Summary:
  • One of the leading categories for workplace injury is hand/finger incidents.
  • These incidents are caused by a variety of factors, the most serious are usually associated with pinch points on machines
  • A combination of good engineering controls and use of PPE can be effective in reducing this type of injury.
  • Have a safe day.