Each day, workers in the agricultural, food service, industrial, automotive and medical industries use their hands for repetitive, intricate tasks and each day they are at risk for an ergonomic injury. To reduce or eliminate ergonomic injuries in workers, typically, companies will encourage their employees to take breaks, alternate hands or change the motions being used in the work or modify the setup of the work. Instead, why not just use ergonomically designed gloves?
Why Ergonomically Designed Gloves?
If you do not use the proper hand protection for a specific task, you may end up working in an unsafe manner. Ergonomically designed hand protection can maximize hand protection while increasing productivity, with the added benefit of reducing hand fatigue. If you’re handling parts in an automotive industry, for instance, you must be able to grip small, oily parts without exerting extra force. When you do not have a secure wet grip, you may start to change your posture/hand position to compensate. This can place more stress on your muscles and joints than would be necessary if the grip were adequate. This situation could indirectly lead to a musculoskeletal disorder such as carpal tunnel syndrome, especially if you are performing the task repeatedly.
Features to Look for in Ergonomically Designed Gloves
Besides protection, comfort (fit and feel) is always essential. If the gloves do not fit like a second skin and allow maximum flexibility, then other ergonomic benefits will have a smaller performance impact. Proper fit and comfort are especially important for workers who suffer from arthritis or may not have greater levels of muscle strength. Gloves that are too small may restrict movement and blood flow and lead to cramping, hand fatigue, and perspiration. When your hands become fatigued, more often than not, your entire body experiences fatigue, which can reduce productivity. Gloves that are too large and bulky can decrease your dexterity and may result in you straining to perform the required tasks. Gloves that are too large also can pose a safety hazard if you are working near equipment with moving parts or pinch points.
What Are the Possible Consequences of Not Wearing Ergonomically Designed Gloves?
A higher risk of injury is always present; a worker performing a task without proper hand protection is comparable to a person using the wrong tool for a job such as maintenance. Reduced quality and lower productivity are other consequences because precision may be lost and there is often a lack of repeatability.
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