Gloves, PPE and Health & Safety Training to Prevent Skin Injuries
Gloves are one of the most common forms of personal protective equipment (PPE), and are extremely effective in preventing cuts and abrasions when objects need to be handled manually.
In order to be effective, the gloves need to be suitable for the items being handled. For example, those who are handling sharp objects will need gloves which have cut-proof material woven into the fabric to prevent the sharp point cutting the skin. These cuts can lead to infection and viruses entering the body through the broken skin, and is something which needs to be taken into consideration if the worker is handling hazardous substances which can cause serious damage to health if they enter the bloodstream.
Along with the risk of injuries by cuts to the skin from sharp objects, handling abrasive objects can also damage the skin if suitable protection is not worn. Unlike a sharps injury which is instantaneous, damage to the skin from a rough or abrasive object is likely to occur through repeated handling over a period of time (the time for injury to occur will depend on the abrasiveness of the object and how often it is being handled).
As far as gloves or any form of personal protective equipment is concerned, avoidance of the potential hazard is more preferable. However, there are certain manual handling activities where it is not practical to avoid, and in this case gloves which are suitable for the prevention of injury will need to be provided by the company, maintained sufficiently and replaced when they no longer offer the necessary protection.
Along with gloves and protective equipment, putting workers on relevant health and safety training courses will give them a greater understanding of the risks they face in their particular workplace. At the BCF Group we provide sharps training courses as well as a range of other bespoke health and safety courses and accredited qualifications. For more information on how we can assist you, please call us on 0844 800 3295 or click on the 'Contact' button in the top right corner to send us an online contact form with your particular requirements.