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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.




Selected Courses

Please see below for a selection of health and safety courses and qualifications which you may be interested in:

NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety

The NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety is the flagship NEBOSH qualification, and is the first UK vocational qualification to be developed specifically for health and safety professionals.

The NEBOSH National Diploma provides the core health and safety knowledge (transferable across industry, commerce and the public sector) which, combined with understanding and appropriate application, underpins the competent performance of an occupational health and safety practitioner.

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NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety

The NEBOSH General Certificate is one of the most popular and widely-held health and safety qualifications in the UK. It is intended to be taken by managers, supervisors and any other employees who require an understanding of general health and safety issues.

The NEBOSH General Certificate covers the main legal requirements for health and safety in the UK, along with the identification and control of workplace hazards, and the practical application of this knowledge. The general content of the NEBOSH General Certificate syllabus means it is suitable and relevant for those working in virtually any industry, and is often used as a solid foundation for those going on to further study and specialising in a particular area such as construction site health and safety or fire safety.

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IOSH Managing Safely Course

The IOSH Managing Safely course is designed for managers and supervisors of organisations in virtually all industry sectors, in order to give them all they need to know to effectively manage health and safety in the workplace.

Recently updated, the new high impact programme covers key health and safety issues, and includes references to international case studies.

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CITB Site Management SMSTS Course

The Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) is one of the most popular health and safety training courses, and is intended for construction site managers, project managers and senior supervisors, as well as proprietors of smaller companies.

Client-based personnel would also benefit from attending the SMSTS course.

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CITB Health and Safety Awareness Course

This course is for those who have entered, or are about to enter, the construction and civil engineering industry as a member of the workforce to help them understand the potential hazards that they face at work on site. It aims to provide a practical summary of health and safety, welfare and environmental health and safety issues.

The course also allows delegates to identify their individual responsibilities for looking after themselves and others, what the employer's duties are and what should be done if they think anyone's health and safety is being put at risk.

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