A wide range of everyday work tasks may put your hands at risk. And while hand injuries on the job are quite common, many are preventable with proper precautions. Here are some tips to help protect your hands while you work and avoid occupational injuries:
If you are unsure about the type of gloves to wear to adequately protect yourself, or if you have any other issues regarding the protection of your hands on the job, talk to your supervisor.
When working with chemicals, you must become familiar with these substances’ key characteristics so you can take the proper safety precautions and avoid serious incidents. That’s where safety data sheets (SDSs) can help. An SDS provides information about a substance’s unique properties, precautions for safe handling, tips for adequate use and storage, potential health hazards and first-aid procedures. Prior to working with a new chemical, always reference its associated SDS. The easiest way to locate a substance’s SDS is by the reviewing the chemical name listed on the product’s label. The SDS information may seem a bit confusing at first, so here are the main details to look out for:
It’s best to review a chemical’s SDS, learn the substance’s hazardous properties and understand appropriate emergency response measures before an incident occurs. For example, if a chemical splashes into a co-worker’s eyes, you’ll want to know how to help immediately, rather than waste valuable time by having to track down the SDS for first-aid recommendations. Remember, while SDS instructions can be helpful in emergencies, they do not replace those of a health care professional. If a chemical incident does occur, be sure to contact the appropriate medical personnel immediately. Consult your supervisor for more information on avoiding chemical hazards at work.
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