Ambidextrous safety gloves: Deal or No Deal?
AMBIDEXTROUS protective safety gloves are seemingly easy to use and inexpensive, but could come at a high cost, especially when it comes to workplace health and safety.
A worker can grab any ambidextrous glove without worrying about a matching pair. But what is a worry is the detrimental effects such work gloves, designed to fit either hand only modestly well, can have on the user.
Don't get burned by chemicals
The briefest exposure to strong caustic acids and bases can cause major tissue damage, preventing a major workplace hazard and threat to workplace safety.
Bases typically result in more severe tissue damage than acids because they are more persistent during contact with the skin.
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and Australian/New Zealand Standards (AS/NZS) help classify specific product attributes and communicates the quality and protection levels of personal protection equipment (PPE). These standards are there to help assist managers in the provision and maintenance of workplace safety levels.
Battle Against Skin Disease
A recent Australian study found 60 per cent of workers affected by “contact dermatitis” - inflammation caused by direct contact with an irritating substance, applied for workers compensation; and all of them had successful claims. In one study, 6.7 per cent of sufferers had at least 12 months off work.