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Common mistakes in hand protection programs and how to avoid these mistakes

One of the most common mistakes companies make is using their hand protection program as a guideline rather than enforcing the program throughout the plant. Employees have the freedom to choose and, in some situations, place themselves and the company at risk by using products that they like rather than those that are best suited to the application. The result is misapplication and a potential for increased injuries and related medical expenses.

Companies should educate their employees about the benefits of adhering to the hand protection program and the risks associated with using the program as a guideline. Posting glove boards showing products that are acceptable for each application will help eliminate any misunderstanding. Manufacturers should communicate with their employees and invite their feedback about what is working and potential areas for improvement. Asking employees for their input will help create a sense of ownership and will lead to a more productive and safe work environment.

A second common mistake is not having a chain of command for introducing new products into the work place. When any one employee has the ability to bring a product into the plant—even if it might reduce costs or provider greater employee satisfaction—there is potential for the product to have a negative impact on the operation. The product could result in misapplication and increased injuries, SKU proliferation or productivity declines. Manufacturers should make sure only one or two plant representatives have the authority to bring new products into the company's hand protection program.

Conducting a site assessment will help eliminate the above problems. Manufacturers should enlist the help of a hand protection expert that can assist in establishing a comprehensive program. Conducting regular assessments will help keep the program updated. Managers and employees should be educated about the hand protection program and related safety benefits.

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