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Year after year, hand injuries are among the leading causes of visits to A&E and missed workdays. The two most common forms of hand injuries are cuts and lacerations, making cut protection an important issue in safety management today.

Every workplace presents a unique set of hazards and environments, so determining the most appropriate choice of cut protection for each worker can be difficult. Ansell cut protection marketing director Paul Tierney sat down with us to discuss the tricky task of choosing the right gloves, whilst allowing the wearer to perform their tasks as required.

Q1: What does protecting workers from cut injuries involve?

A: Protective gloves, especially those designed to resist cuts, are a common approach. As a designer and manufacturer of cut resistant gloves, we consider elements such as cut resistant yarns, tear strength of knitted fabrics and abrasion resistance. We also look at other properties such as grip and dexterity as important aspects of cut protection.

Gloves aside, cut protection also includes other factors not related to protective apparel such as machine guarding, workplace set-up, working conditions and worker training. Gloves, as important as they are to us, are often considered the last line of defence. Safety leaders should do everything they can to ensure workers’ hands are not at risk in the first place.

Q2: When selecting the level of cut protection required, what needs to be considered? Isn’t it as simple as choosing the highest level available?

A: It’s not enough to deal with a symptom. Take a cut injury for example, it is not as simple as increasing the level of cut resistance in the glove, the root cause needs to be identified.

Was the cut injury due to a sharp object, loss of grip, an ill fitted glove, or was it worker fatigue? There are many other elements that may have caused the cut to occur. It is important that hazards are fully evaluated and the correct glove is selected. Injuries often happen due to poor selection or a lack of understanding of the needs of the wearer. 

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The Importance of Testing and Meeting Fall Protection Standards
Although ANSI standards are voluntary, they represent the consensus of industry experts and frequently provide more detailed product performance guidelines.

Make no mistake, working at heights is dangerous—falls remain the most common cause of work-related injuries and death. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports around 750 fall-related fatalities a year and another 300,000 non-fatal falls requiring at least one day away from work. Other risks include damage to buildings, a negative impact on reputation, and an adverse effect on productivity and profitability when people miss work because of injury.

For those working in the health and safety industry, it's a constant challenge to source the best fall protection equipment. Products must comply with the latest standards and ultimately keep people working at heights safe.

It has never been more important for employers to ensure their fall protection systems meet the highest standards. Comprehensive fall protection planning often starts with equipment selection, so before you put a fall protection program in place, make sure you specify fully compliant fall protection products. When you choose equipment tested to meet the applicable standards, you prioritize the safety of your workers.

I speak with many people every day, from health and safety professionals to facilities managers. They all ask the same question: Which products and systems will really get the job done? My answer is always the same—choose the products that have been thoroughly tested to the very latest standards.

Test Methods
Fall protection equipment manufacturers have many things to consider when they evaluate their products, including establishing standardized test methods and demonstrating repeatable outcomes.

Therefore, when you investigate fall protection equipment for purchase, you must confirm that a manufacturer tests its offerings. For example, perhaps you are researching MSA fall protection equipment for a roofing project. When you evaluate our products, you will find we address the following areas:

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Know What's The 'Golden Hour' & 'Golden Seconds' For Heart Attack & Cardiac Arrest
When it's a matter of life and death, every second matters. But it is the time in hand that helps a person to decide what needs to be done next.

When it’s a matter of life and death, every second matters. But it is the time in hand that helps a person to decide what needs to be done next. There is a huge difference what one should or can do when a person has an hour to save someone’s life compared to when a person has only got seconds. What course of action one should take changes drastically in the two scenarios. The difference between having a golden hour and having golden seconds to save a life is almost the same difference as that of suffering a heart attack and suffering a sudden cardiac arrest.

The Golden Hour in Emergency Medicine

“The concept of the golden hour is the vital time period of up to one hour by which a patient suffering from traumatic injury or medical emergency should be receiving proper medical assistance to prevent death or irreparable damage to other body parts and organs. Although nothing is set in stone, but the chances to save a patient are usually really high if he receives due medical attention within an hour of the traumatic event,” said Dr. Vanita Arora, Senior Consultant, Cardiac Electrophysiologist & Interventional Cardiologist, Max Super Speciality Hospital.

Therefore, in an event of heart attack, it is often advised to take the patient to Emergency Care within an hour of the onset of the heart attack. But the same cannot be said about someone who is suffering a cardiac arrest.

Confusing Heart Attack with Cardiac Arrest

Most people use the words heart attack and cardiac arrest interchangeably; in fact almost synonymously. But while innocence may be a synonym of ignorance, the two are very different things. Similarly, heart attack and cardiac arrest are two separate events related to heart.

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Weather patterns are changing. The planet's getting warmer. And, in fact, all but three of the hottest years on record have occurred since 2000. On average, excessive heat causes 650 deaths in the United States every year; 39 of those took place on the job in 2016—double the number that occurred only two years prior.

Construction workers in particular take the brunt of the burn, which makes sense when you think about their exposure to unpredictable outdoor temperatures. Services-providing industries, such as trade, transportation, warehousing, and utilities, account for a large percentage of the remaining occupational fatalities.

 

Know the Risk
Heat stress occurs when the body's means of controlling its internal temperature starts to fail. Once the body’s temperature reaches 99.7° F (37.6° C), heat stress has begun to affect the body. At 104° F (40° C), it becomes susceptible to severe damage. As little as 30 minutes of 104° temps can cause cellular damage to the brain or even death.

Two factors contribute to how heat stress affects the body: personal and environmental. Some workers are at greater risk before they ever step foot in the heat due to personal factors: being older or overweight, having heart disease or high blood pressure, or taking medications that act as diuretics or do not react well to extreme heat.

The second contributing factor is environmental and accounts for anything that impacts the body externally: High temperatures; direct sunlight; humidity; limited air movement; hot equipment; reflected heat from the ground, water, or objects; and clothing/PPE choices are chief among them.

Heat-Related Illnesses
Heat rash, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke are the four most common Heat-Related Illnesses (HRIs).

Heat Rash

How it happens: occurs when sweat ducts become clogged and sweat can’t get to the surface of the skin

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*Occupational Health & Safety

When Work Brings the Heat: Your Guide to Heat Stress Risks and Solutions
WYou can't change the weather, but you can change your approach to working in the heat.

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