Guest post from Enviro Tech
A glove should fit your hand perfectly. It also should fit the situation in which you’re using it. Although safety gloves are a necessity in the workplace, not enough workers fully understand their importance.
Many hand injuries in the workplace occur because the worker involved isn’t wearing safety gloves. Sometimes injuries occur when the gloves being worn are inadequate for the hazard. It isn’t enough for workers to simply be wearing safety gloves while on the job — they need to be wearing the right gloves for the specific job.
There is a wide variety of safety gloves designed to protect workers in a wide variety of hazardous situations. Some gloves are designed to protect from caustic substances, while others are designed to guard against sharp objects. Some safety gloves offer protection only against extreme cold. Certain types of gloves offer workers the manual dexterity required for detailed and delicate work, while others limit dexterity due to their construction. Knowing which safety gloves fit the situation is crucial for workers to protect themselves and/or avoid costly accidents.
We are aware that we should exercise caution to prevent job-related injuries at work. However, many injuries happen at home, especially in the kitchen. Hand injuries are some of the worst kind. Cut hand tendons and ligaments are not only painful, but extremely hard to restore through surgery.
Our hands are our “money makers.” Without their proper use, life is much more difficult. Not only at work, but when at home, too, we should take the proper precautions whenever performing a task that involves a blade (like cutting, chopping, or peeling) – even if the task does not seem “dangerous.” Here’s a great video showing some basic kitchen knife techniques – the cross chop and the rock chop.
Recently, attention has been drawn to the injury known as “avocado hand.” This is what surgeons and doctors call hands that have been lacerated by a knife while slicing an avocado. Click HERE to watch a video on how to prevent “avocado hand.” Instead of holding the avocado with your bare hand, you can use a damp towel or a cutting board to slice the avocado and remove the pit.
Outdoor grilling is a favorite summer activity in the U.S. It’s fun, easy, and produces great tasting food. But grilling also poses a safety risk, whether you are using a charcoal or gas grill. Your hands are exposed to high heat and susceptible to burns. Here’s how to grill safely:
Always wear gloves.
When turning food or removing items from the grill, always use potholders or insulated gloves to protect your hands from the heat. The flame could flare up without notice.
Use long utensils.
Use long utensils that are meant for grilling when placing food on the grill, turning it or removing it so that your hands do not get too close to the flame.
Avoid grilling on windy days.
The winds can cause the flame to jump which may burn your hands or start clothing on fire.
Getting a ring stuck on your finger is not uncommon. It can happen if you force a ring onto your finger that is too small, but it can also happen over time. Sometimes, your joints become arthritic, causing the joints or tissue to swell, which can cause the ring to get stuck.
Here’s an easy way to remove a stuck ring in 5 steps:
- Squirt some Windex (or some soap or oil) on the finger and ring to lubricate it.
- Elevate the hand overhead for 5-10 minutes with ice around the ring and finger.
- Slide a long string of dental floss (or other thread) under the stuck ring with the bulk of it toward the fingertip (Figure 1).
- Beginning at the top of the ring, tightly wrap the floss around and around your finger all the way up and over the knuckle (Figure 2).
- Take the opposite end of the string and begin to unwrap the floss. The ring will slide over the knuckle as you go (Figure 3).
Courtesy of Michelle Fontaine, MD, Orange Regional Medical Center
MIDDLETOWN – Cold weather is behind us and our hands have emerged from their mittens into a world with hazards.
During the summer, the emergency room typically sees an increase in traumatic hand and finger injuries. And, it’s not surprising that the surge comes as yard work begins, since lawnmowers are a common cause of hand injuries.
To ensure you cut your lawn and nothing else, taking a few simple precautions can help. Always wear gloves as a first line of defense when operating a mower or other trimming tools. Keep your hands away from blades and the chute at all times. If your mower is clogged, use extreme caution when cleaning it out. Never touch mower blades with your hands, even if the engine is off. Once an obstruction is cleared, the blades may unexpectedly turn and cause serious bodily damage.
Grilling is another culprit. We see slicing injuries not just from basic food prep – which is a year-round issue – but from people using knives improperly. For example, we see people separate frozen burger patties or slice buns in their hands rather than on a table top.