According to OSHA, 70% of all employee cuts & lacerations are to the hands and fingers! By sharing some simple rules and reminders you can dramatically help decrease the chances of a possible injury. Print the handout below and distribute to your employees to promote safety!
10 Tips for Preventing Hand Cuts and Lacerations (Printable Employee Handout)
- Use the right tool for the task at hand. An example would be not using a pair of scissors to open a box.
Cut away from your body. Therefore if the blade slips, it will be moving in the direction away from your body.
- Use a sharp tool. Using a sharp tool requires you to exert less force and consequently decreases your chances of the blade slipping.
- Always wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE.) Use the appropriate PPE according to the job. Some PPE would include glasses, gloves, and long sleeve shirts.
- Keep blades covered or retracted when the tool is not in use.
- Put the object being cut or opened on a stable surface. Try not to use a blade with one hand while holding the object you are cutting in the other.
- Limit personal hazards. Remove hanging jewelry, tuck in loose clothing, and pull back your hair.
- Keep a clean workspace. A blade can be easily misplaced or go unseen and cause an accidental injury.
- Never carry a blade in your pocket, even when retracted or covered.
- Never try to catch a falling blade. If the blade starts falling, first back away, then carefully pick it up after all movement has stopped.