4. Know When to Replace a Glove
All gloves, even reusable gloves, need to be replaced. Follow guidelines for the number of uses or number of hours each glove should be worn, and pay attention to your gloves for wear and tear. Examine your gloves before every shift, looking for snags, pulls, and peeling. If you see thin spots, holes, pulls, tears, or excessive saturation, discard it immediately and use a new pair.
5. Remove Jewelry from Hands and Wrists
Remove rings and bracelets before donning your gloves. You might not notice it, but even low-profile jewelry under your glove can warp the fit and affect a glove’s protection and dexterity. The sharp edges of ring settings and bracelet clasps are particularly dangerous because they can create snags, pulls, and punctures. The smallest tug or piercing on the interior of your glove can significantly increase your risk of a hand injury.
6. Report Injuries Immediately
If you experience an injury, seek medical assistance immediately. Don’t delay. Even minor injuries should be reported and addressed as soon as possible. Never wait to see if pain, bleeding, or discomfort will subside. The severity of injuries and long-term impact on hand wellness can be significantly reduced if incidents are evaluated and treated right away. Also, discuss close calls, misses, and injuries that nearly occurred with your manager so that you can identify the best way to avoid risks in the future.