Updated: Dec 20, 2021
Hands are one of the most injured part of the body in the workplace. Many of these hand injuries are preventable. By identifying hazards and developing safety measures, you will be able to help reduce and or eliminate hand injuries in the workplace.
In the workplace, your hands are exposed to many hazards that can cause harm. Sharp
objects, extreme temperatures, dangerous chemicals and moving machinery can all cause
harm to hands.
Hand injuries can be immediate like cuts, punctures and burns or may happen over time, like
Raynaud’s Syndrome (white finger) or Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
Your hands are superbly designed tools of amazing strength and dexterity. They can pinch,
grasp, twist, lift, hold and manipulate while doing a wide variety of other specific tasks.
Without your fingers or hands your ability to work would be greatly reduced.
Think about how you can perform the task before you start the job, are you likely to be
injured? Are you controlling all hazards.
Common risks that can cause hand injuries include:
• Chemical Exposure
• Biological Hazards
• Cut / Puncture Hazards
• Electrical Hazards
• Vibration Hazards
• Thermal Hazards
• Material Handling
• Repeated actions / Typing