Hand injuries are among the most common work-related injuries. Of these, nearly one-third involve cuts or lacerations. Such injuries are also becoming more costly. According to the National Safety Council, a single hand laceration can cost over $12,000 in direct and related costs; if a tendon is severed, the cost can approach $70,000.
Of course, cut protection is more than just cut resistance. It’s a combination of glove attributes that also include abrasion resistance, grip, and dexterity—as well as workplace factors like machine guarding, workplace set-up, working conditions, and worker training. Wearing the right glove at the right time is vital. The new standards will help you choose the right protection with greater precision and accuracy than before.