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Just wearing PPE isn’t enough – your employees must still be careful when using machinery to avoid injuries in the workplace

by , 07 February 2013
While gloves are usually seen as an essential part of your employees’ personal protection equipment, they could actually be the cause of injuries in the workplace.That’s why Honda has just been found guilty of breaching health and safety laws, despite issuing an employee with PPE. Even though he was wearing his PPE gloves, the employee injured himself because he didn't pay attention when using machinery. Here’s how to make sure your employees are more careful when using hand tools to avoid injuries in the workplace…

Employees should always wear personal protective equipment (PPE) like eye wear, a face mask, gloves and appropriate shoes when working with dangerous machinery, to prevent the risk of injuries in the workplace, says the Health and Safety Bulletin.
 
But “wearing gloves … increases the risk of entanglement,” the BBC reports.
 
For example, car manufacturer Honda now faces a fine of £10,000.
 
This comes after a worker severed two fingers at the Honda plant near Swindon when his glove got tangled in machinery. He was even being observed by supervisors and managers at the time, says the ITV website.
 
Here are three ways to ensure your employees use hand tools safety to prevent injuries in the workplace, as suggested by the Health and Safety Bulletin.
 
1. Proper training 
Make sure your employees have been properly trained on how to use hand tools safely.
 
2. Proper storage 
Store hand tools in safe places to avoid them falling from overhead and being tripped over.
 
3. Keep hand tools and work areas clean
Dirty, oily and greasy tools and work areas should be cleaned properly to prevent accidents and injuries in the workplace.
 
Make sure your employees follow these  three steps to avoid injuries when using hand tools, even if they’re wearing PPE.
 
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