Hand & Arm Protection

If a workplace hazard assessment reveals that employees face potential injury to hands and arms that cannot be eliminated through engineering and work practice controls, employers must ensure that employees wear appropriate protection. Potential hazards include skin absorption of harmful substances, and chemical burns.

Protective equipment includes gloves, finger guards and arm coverings, or elbow-length gloves.

There are many types of gloves available today to protect against a wide variety of hazards. The nature of the hazardous substance and the operation involved will affect the selection of gloves. It is essential that employees use gloves specifically designed for the hazardous substances and tasks found in their workplaces, because gloves designed for one function may not protect against a different function, even though they may appear to be an appropriate protective device.

The following are examples of some factors that may influence the selection of protective gloves for a workplace:

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