Hand injuries including cuts, strained muscles and tendons, damaged nerves, skin disorders, and burns can impact the quality of work, productivity – and even end careers. Understand the risks. Learn how to protect your hands, including what to look for when choosing and using hand tools and gloves.
You may not give much thought to the handles on your hand tools, but you should. They are the only physical connection between you and your tools. In a normal workday, you may work with these tools for six or more hours. Using the right size handle can reduce fatigue and increase productivity, improve the quality of your work, and reduce the risk for hand and wrist problems.
OSHA recommends that "gloves be selected based on the task that will be performed, the chemicals encountered, and the performance and construction characteristics of the glove material." Selecting the right gloves can be challenging. This section is designed to help contractors and workers find appropriate gloves for the tasks and products they will be using on the jobsite.