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Hand Protection Equipment Maintenance

Hand protection equipment is essential to protect workers from hazards such as cuts, punctures, chemical exposure, and thermal burns. However, it's essential to ensure that the equipment is well-maintained and in good condition to be effective. Here are some key points to consider regarding hand protection equipment maintenance:

  1. Inspection: Employers should inspect hand protection equipment regularly to ensure that it is in good working condition. This includes checking for signs of wear and tear, such as holes, tears, or discoloration, and ensuring that the equipment fits properly.
  2. Cleaning: Hand protection equipment should be cleaned regularly using mild soap and water or a manufacturer-approved cleaner. Workers should avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive materials, which can damage the equipment.
  3. Replacement: Employers should replace hand protection equipment that is damaged, worn out, or no longer effective. This includes replacing gloves that are torn or punctured, or gloves that are no longer chemical-resistant or thermal-resistant.
  4. Storage: Hand protection equipment should be stored in a clean, dry location when not in use, such as a designated storage cabinet or container. This will protect the equipment from dust, dirt, and moisture, which can affect its effectiveness.
  5. Training: Workers should receive training on how to properly use and maintain their hand protection equipment. This includes proper fitting of gloves, and how to perform self-checks to ensure that the equipment is working correctly.

By ensuring that hand protection equipment is well-maintained and in good condition, workers can have confidence that their PPE will effectively protect them from hand hazards. Remember, hand protection equipment is only effective if it is used correctly and is part of a comprehensive hand protection program.


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