Welcome to ISHN’s third volume of feature articles and sponsored content relating to workplace hand protection. Hand and arm protection – work gloves and sleeves – are among the most important personal protective equipment (PPE). Almost everyone uses their hands on the job, especially in manufacturing and construction. And all the types of work needed to be done by hands makes finger, palms, the back of the hand, and the forearm vulnerable to cuts, lacerations, abrasions, punctures, vibrations, impacts, chemical burns, thermal burns and skin absorption of harmful substances.

Injuries to hands are very frequent and often serious. Deep cuts can become infected. Chemical splashes can lead to allergic reactions. Burns can require extensive medical care. And then there are amputations of fingers and hands, and smashed digits that will never be the same. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that occupational hand injuries represent 40 percent of all lost-time injuries. There were about 150,000 injuries to the hand that required recuperating time away from work, according to the BLS.

The articles in this eBook have one aim: to protect your workers from the wear, tear and long-term punishment their hands might have to endure: sprains, strains, tears, soreness, pain, cuts, lacerations, punctures, bruises, contusions, fractures and amputations. There is a wide and ever-increasing variety of glove types and materials for you to select from, based on the hazards your workers face. You’ll find helpful information about glove R&D, standards, and selection tips in the articles in this eBook.

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