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If you’re anything like me, you don’t think about your hands very often. They’re incredibly helpful, but you take them for granted. Take a look at your hands right now, I mean really examine your hands. Look at the lines and curvatures of your hand, bend your fingers and see how they move.

The hand is one of the most incredible tools that humans are given right from birth — the energy that runs through you when a newborn baby wraps his whole hand around your finger is extraordinary. If something were to happen to your hands, chances are that you could learn to adapt your daily routines, but it would most certainly be a life-changing experience.

The aim of this article is to look at five simple statistics: Five statistics that on their own may seem irrelevant, but when put together will give you with a new perspective on safety.

Fact #1: The hand is the second most common body part to be injured at work

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported over 143,000 hand-related workplace injuries in 2015, these types of injuries were second only to back injuries (191,450). While hand injuries aren’t the deadliest, they can certainly make your day-to-day work much harder. Injuries to the hand can also be more difficult to heal because of the way the hand moves, the wound can open up.

In the same year that BLS reported 143,000 hand injuries, workers lost a median of five work days. In moderate to serious cases, hand injuries mean modified work duties and, in many situations, a loss in income because of the time off work.

Fact #2: You’re most at risk for cuts and lacerations

Every year, roughly 30 percent of all workplace injuries are from cuts and lacerations and 12 percent of those were strictly to the hands. These injuries are sustained by everything from nicks and scrapes to knives and heavy machinery. While some of these can be fixed with Neosporin and a Band-Aid, others require medical attention. Unless the injury is serious enough to warrant a trip to the hospital, it’s brushed off as being part of the job or workers are encouraged to work through the pain.

Fact #3: The solution is simple

Your organization may already have gloves available for employees, but a quick look at OSHA’s hand injury stats reveals that you probably aren’t wearing them. Seventy percent of hand injuries in the United States occur when people are not wearing gloves.

The solution to this common, costly problem is simple. Get a barrier between your hands and whatever the work is that you do. The glove doesn’t have to be the most expensive, technologically advanced piece of PPE, but it does need to address the hazards that you face on a daily basis.

If you’re an electrician, you’ll need to consider cut resistance, puncture resistance, dexterity for small parts and, potentially, protection from arc flash. If you’re in construction, you might be more concerned with back-of-hand protection and vibration-dampening palm padding.

Fact #4: Injuries are costly

If you subscribe to the idea that safety gloves aren’t necessary because skin grows back, perhaps the financial burden of an injury will convince you that this issue is serious.

As of the 2012-2013 fiscal year, the average total incurred cost per claim in the United States for hand, finger and wrist injuries was $22,384 according to the National Safety Council. Again, that’s twenty-two thousand, three hundred and eighty dollars per claim. This includes missed days, hospital visits and shut down time for investigations by OSHA or your local workplace safety bureau.

Along with these factors and increased insurance premiums, workers’ compensation and employees on disability leave, U.S. employers in 2013 paid nearly $62 billion. As you begin to create a workplace that encourages safety mindfulness, you should also begin to look at reducing the risk of injuries from common areas outlined by OSHA, like fall hazards, lockout/tagout, and machine guarding.

Fact #5: Toolbox talks work

Young workers, ages 16 to 24, are twice as likely to be hurt on the job because they are less experienced, less trained and more likely to take risks. However, by incorporating regular training, workplaces can see a 42 percent reduction in injury claims.

Regular training doesn’t have to be overly complicated; it can be as simple as a daily toolbox talk, where a foreman, supervisor or environmental health and safety leader talks to the group before work starts. During these toolbox talks, you should look to address any violations that you saw the day before – without pinpointing the violator, best practices for people working on particular jobs or machinery and promoting everyone to work safely so that they will step off the worksite in the same healthy condition with which they arrived.

By including these informal, 15-minute talks at the beginning of a shift, you can keep safety at front of mind for workers at no additional cost to the organization.

Final thoughts

None of the steps listed in this article are particularly revolutionary, and in many ways that’s the point. Creating a safer workplace isn’t rocket science, but it requires buy in from every level of the workforce; starting at the top.

If senior management places an emphasis on safety, then that mentality trickles down to the people who are most at risk. It reminds them that their safety is important and it cultivates a more positive attitude towards safety; meaning less corners are cut to get work done faster.


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Working with industrial & consumer touchscreens- Understand the technology to find the right glove.

A big question when selecting work gloves today is touchscreen compatibility. Understanding what constitutes touchscreen compatibility is not straightforward and there is more to it than just the glove.

First and foremost, we need to correct a common misconception that touchscreens work based on heat from fingers. It’s not heat that generates touchscreen functionality, instead, most screens work either on finger pressure applied or electrical field disruption. Basically, this means there are two main types of touchscreen technologies.

Resistive touchscreen

Resistive touchscreens are the most common type found on industrial controls. A resistive touchscreen has two transparent layers separated by a thin gap. These two layers have a conductive coating on the device’s internal sides which both face each other. When these two layers of coating touch each other, a voltage is passed, which is in turn processed as a touch in that location. Because of this, one only needs to create a local pressure point to initiate a signal regardless of whether their fingers are bare or gloved. Resistive touchscreens are durable and reliable, but can only handle one touch point at a time — ruling out multi- touch gestures like two-finger zoom and swipe command motions, synonymous with smartphones, tablets and newer laptops. It is, however, easy to understand why resistive technology is the first choice for most touchscreen controls found on industrial machinery.

Capacitive touchscreen

Unlike resistive touchscreens, capacitive screens do not rely on finger pressure. Instead, they work with anything that holds an electrical charge — including human skin. Our skin is comprised of atoms with positive and negative charges. Capacitive touchscreens coated with materials like copper or indium tin oxide, store electrical charges in an electrostatic grid of tiny wires — each thinner than a human hair. When there is finger contact with the screen surface, it changes electric fields and affects the capacitance. The processor determines the location of the electrical field disruption and commands are executed.

Variables to consider

Understanding this, one can logically assume that capacitive touchscreens will not work with most gloves and certainly not with any coated gloves. But, correlation is also not quite so straightforward. Randomly trying different coated gloves on your smartphone will demonstrate that some will activate the screen to varying degrees of performance. Why is this the case?

First, it clearly depends on the screen itself, physical properties like capacitance of the elements, drive signals and performance of the processor. Second, as noted above, the mechanism for capacitance applies to anything that affects the electric field on the surface of the screen. So, while most glove coatings are not intentionally developed to achieve a level of dielectric performance, some of the coating compounds tested provided a measurable level of conductivity that may be enough to affect the electric fields on a touchscreen, which depending on fingertip pressure and/or time, will have an effect on screen functionality and responsiveness. Think of how fingertip pressure can compress the coating to a very thin layer at the contact point – enough to affect the electric fields. Furthermore, as if all of this wasn’t complicated enough, most gloves with a black coating contain an inherently semi-conductive carbon material. The mere presence of carbon black allows many coated gloves to work at varying degrees of functionality with different tablet and smartphone screens.

Variations in glove performance

Based on our testing, we’ve concluded that most disposable gloves and thinner coated seamless knit gloves will work with tablets or smartphones. We do, however, caution that there are noticeable variations, with some requiring a little more pressure or response time. We’ve found that large touchscreens, such as those found on newer laptops, are responsive with disposable gloves, but may not do well with coated seamless knit gloves. Touchscreens used on smaller devices such as tablets and smartphones are among the most sensitive. To avoid further issues with smartphones or tablets where fast precision swiping and scrolling is required, we recommend coated gloves with thin, non-tacky coatings. For less sensitive touchscreens, such as those found on laptops, we suggest the use of coated knit gloves that feature conductive fingertips designed to perform to bare-finger precision. (We remind you that all conductive tips will wear out after prolonged use.)

As the last point, it is important to mention that ill-fitting or wrong-sized gloves with fingers that are too long are unlikely to work. The excess material or air gap trapped in the tips will only serve to distance the electrical field rendering the gloves inoperative on touchscreens.

Bottom line

One can clearly understand now that glove touchscreen compatibility is not as simple as it seems. While we could make all our gloves with conductive fingertips, it would increase costs for a feature that only a small percentage of workers may need. In this article, we’ve learned three very important points:

First, most screens on modern industrial machines use resistive technology that work via light finger pressure and hence will work with any glove.

Second, most black-coated gloves will work with a majority of the capacitive touchscreens because they contain carbon black material that is inherently semi-conductive. Because it is semi-conductive, their effectiveness varies, based on the thickness of the coating.

Third, when someone asks: “Is this glove touchscreen compatible?,” the best answer is: Most black-coated work gloves are technically touchscreen compatible. However, since there are different types of touchscreens with varying degrees of touch responsiveness, only by trying it will you be able to determine if it will work with your touchscreen. Let’s begin by first selecting the glove for your work application and then we will test for touchscreen compatibility.


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ISEA shares PPE solutions

10/1/2017 3:11 PM

Experts from the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) shared some ideas Tuesday on PPE solutions to protect workers from objects at heights and discussed regulations and standards.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2015 there were 519 fatalities from being struck by an object or equipment in the United States, and 247 were caused by a falling object. Regulators and professionals have acknowledged the serious, life-threatening risks of falling objects and are instilling rules to ensure proper precautions are followed in the workplace.

In response, ISEA and leading safety equipment manufacturers including, Ergodyne, 3M Safety, Guardian Fall Protection, Hammerhead Industries, Radians, Ty-Flot, and West Coast Corporation, have joined together to standardize the solutions available to protect workers from objects falling from heights. These objects include hand tools, instrumentation, small parts, structural components and other items that have to be transferred and used at heights; and the implications from struck-by injuries can range from inconvenience or loss of productivity to life-altering injury or death. This is especially important in oil and gas, construction, energy and telecommunications infrastructure, shipping operations and aviation industries, where elevated work areas are common.

The objective is to provide employers with a document, ANSI/ISEA 121 Dropped Object Prevention Standard, that establishes minimum design, performance, and labeling requirements for solutions that reduce dropped objects incidents in industrial and occupational settings. An industry first, the proposed standard will focus on preventative solutions actively used by workers to mitigate these hazards, and testing of these solutions.

“This standard will provide employers with important guidance on how to minimize the risk of dropped object incidents. That’s an important part of any safety program,” said Nate Bohmbach, Associate Product Director, Ergodyne and Chair of ISEA’s Dropped Object Prevention Group. Speaker Virginia Battles, Global Vice President of Ty-Flot, gave an overview of dropped objects on Monday. She said some types of solutions in the standard include anchor points such as an immovable object, attachment points that secure tool and provides an attachment for tool tethers, tool tethers that connect to your tools attachment point and anti-drop storage for items that cannot be tethered or not in use.


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NEBOSH and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have joined forces to develop a brand new qualification for the process industries – the NEBOSH HSE Certificate in Process Safety Management.

The certificate is designed for high hazard industries where process safety management is critically important. It applies principles and best practice to manage process risks, helping to protect people and valuable assets.

NEBOSH Chief Executive Teresa Budworth, said: “Collaborating with the HSE allowed us to combine our ability to deliver strong, credible vocational occupational safety and health qualifications with HSE’s industry-leading knowledge and expertise.

“We piloted the qualification which attracted delegates from global organisations operating in oil and gas, chemicals, utilities and manufacturing industries. We are delighted that ninety four per cent of those who took part would recommend the qualification to a colleague and their employer.”

Combing our strengths

Karen Russ, science and commercial director at the HSE, said: “Working alongside NEBOSH on this qualification has been a pleasure and provides us with another opportunity to meet our mission.

“By combining our strengths, this qualification will help to significantly improve understanding and further reduce health and safety risks in the process industries worldwide.


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A good pair of safety shoes/ boots is essential equipment in many industries. Safety shoes/boots are precision constructed to protect against common workplace dangers: slip and fall accidents, electrical shock, chemical burns, and broken bones.

Types of work shoes/boots

Steel toe

work shoes/boots are designed to protect your toes and upper foot bones from injury by falling objects, and soles are designed to protect against puncture. Steel toe shoes/boots are favored by construction workers, firefighters, and police officers. Steel toe safety shoes come in the form of work shoes/boots, shoes, sneakers, and clogs.

Composite toe

Comp toe work shoes/boots are quickly becoming the industry norm. A composite safety toe is made of non-metal materials like Kevlar, carbon fiber, plastic, or fiberglass.


work shoes/boots have no steel in the toe box. They are reinforced with extra stitching and leather, but not steel. Plain-toe work shoes/boots are not rated to protect against heavy objects falling on your feet or crushing injuries from something rolling over your foot.

Waterproof shoes/boots

are a must for people whose work conditions can be wet or rainy. Waterproof shoes/boots may be made from both leather and nylon mesh. Leather shoes/boots are bulkier. Nylon mesh work shoes/boots are much lighter, but the waterproofing is sprayed on and will have to be repeated in the future.

Insulated shoes/boots

have extra insulation to prevent frostbite in colder working conditions.

Slip-resistant shoes/boots

are found in the food service industry, factories and ships, where floors are frequently slick due to spills.

American classification system

A label is required under the tongue of the right shoe in all work books. Every standard the shoe is designed to meet is listed on the tongue. Here’s what you should look for when you purchase your next pair of work shoes/boots.

-- The first thing on line one is which standard was applied when testing this work boot (ANSI or ASTM). On this tag, the entire top line is the ASTM standard.
-- Gender (“M” or “F”) for male or female.
-- Impact Resistance (“I”) and its rating: 75, 50 or 30 foot-pounds
-- Compression Resistance (“C”) (the amount of force before it crumples) and its rating: 75 (2500 lbs.), 50 (1750 lbs.), 30 (1000 lbs.).

Up to three standards can be recorded on one line.

American classification system

To comply with ASTM F2412-05, shoes must meet several tests:

-- Shoes sold as “impact resistant” must protect the toes and upper feet from heavy objects falling on them, objects rolling across the top of the foot, and punctures by sharp objects through the sole.
-- If labeled “electric shock resistant,” shoes must protect workers who might accidentally step on electric circuits somewhere in the work site.
-- A static dissipation test assesses whether the shoe safely conducts an electrical current through the sole, safely discharging it to a grounded surface.

What to consider when choosing a work boot


Expect to spend between $150 to $200 for a good pair of safety shoes. Set a firm minimum as well as a firm maximum you can spend and stick with it. Make sure you buy from reputable work boot companies.


You do not have to buy every protection available; you do need all that are applicable to your working environment.


The best work shoes/boots come in many styles; you can now consider your design preferences as well as safety standards when purchasing work shoes/boots.

-- Materials - Are your shoes/boots waterproof? If you work outside when it rains or has rained, or if your facility is at risk of water on the floors, this is one protection you must have.
-- Full-grain leather uppers are extremely durable - They come with the added benefit of being naturally water-resistant (note this is not waterproof). The price is somewhat more moderate than a waterproofed material, but the shoes are heavier.
-- Nylon mesh work shoes/boots are lightweight, breathable, and flexible shoes, making a very comfortable boot for long days on your feet. The level of protection is not as high with nylon mesh shoes/boots as with the other two materials being used.

Construction methods

Stitch down:

Stitch down construction, also known as the Goodyear welt, was the original method of shoemaking. The outsole and the upper of the boot are stitched together. A very durable variation of the stitch down method is to add a strip of leather or some other synthetic material (called a “welt”) to both the upper shoe and the sole. This allows you to replace the sole when it wears out and can add years to your purchase.


The most popular method, probably because it is both the quickest and the cheapest, is the cement method. Glue or adhesive is used to attach the upper to the sole. This method is less sturdy, and you will not be able to have a worn sole repaired or replaced.


First a mold is placed on the upper; then molten rubber is poured across the upper to form the sole. Shoes/boots constructed in this method are very durable, second only to the stitch down method.

Best shoes/boots for Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis involves stretching of the tissues on the bottom of the heel that connect to the bones of the middle foot. These tissues act as a shock absorber for the body. To relieve the pain of plantar fasciitis, buy work shoes/boots with extra deep heel cups and additional arch support.

Best shoes/boots for flat feet

For flat feet, you should choose shoes/boots with superior arch support. In the worst-case scenario, you may need shoes/boots with an arch plus an additional arch support.


If your employer provides shoes, check the label to make sure they cover the safety features you need. Buy a new pair of shoes whenever you notice they no longer feel like your own skin.


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A scaffolding boss has pleaded guilty to charges against himself and his company for breaches to health and safety law after an employee suffered life-changing injuries in the workplace


33-year old worker Jamie Mines was injured at Boundary Scaffolding’s workplace on the Kendrick Industrial Estate in Swindon last December.

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Mines was working on a roof when he came into contact with overhead powerlines which threw him 13ft through the air as 33,000 volts passed through him. As a result of the incident, he lost his legs and hands, and was placed into an induced coma.

Director Jonathan Lee Griffith-Clack admitted to the charges and spoke of his ‘deep regret’ at Swindon Magistrates’ Court in the case against him, brought by the Health and Safety Executive.

Sentencing will take place on 6 October.


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