Reducing Hand Injuries
Year after year, injuries to the hand, wrist and fingers are some of the most common workplace injuries, yet studies show they are also one of the most preventable. When it comes to selecting the right Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), it is important to remember the old safety adage: the best PPE is the PPE that employees will wear.
Nowhere is this truer than in hand protection. Studies have shown that over 72% of injured workers reported not wearing gloves at the time of the injury. Studies have also shown that hand injuries can be reduced by 60% when the proper hand protection is worn. This session will address common misconceptions related to hand protection and discuss the various test methods used to evaluate PPE. It will also provide guidance in selecting the proper hand protection for preventing injuries.
About the Presenter:
Matt Block is the Director of Health and Safety Services at Magid Glove and Safety where he manages a team of technical support specialists dedicated to finding effective solutions to reduce workplace injuries.
He is a member of the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) Hand Protection Committee which is responsible for the development of the ANSI 105 Hand Protection Selection Criteria Standard.
He is also a member of the ASTM Committee F18 on Electrical Protective Equipment for Workers, ASSE, and the Voluntary Protection Program Participants Association (VPPPA).