As a manager, it is part of your job to make sure your employees are safe. Part of this could be that they need to be wearing gloves, not only for their own safety, but also for that of others, including customers.
Unfortunately, sometimes though employees are supposed to wear gloves, they just don’t. Part of this could be due to the poor fit of the gloves that make it harder to do their job.
It’s up to you to make sure the gloves fit and that your employees are wearing them.
As the article, “Why Proper Glove Fit is Essential for Protecting Your Employees” looks at, if an employee is supposed to wear gloves, the gloves must fit well.
It’s tough to do a job with poorly fitting gloves, therefore, either the job won’t be done or it will be done in a manner that isn’t the best. The gloves should fit well enough that they don’t impair the job.
Jobs that require gloves have a wide-range, from food service to health care to construction work and chemical fields, and the fit is essential in all of these. Gloves have to not only provide protection but also provide the dexterity needed to do the job.
Here are a couple of examples:
Construction – Construction workers need good fitting gloves to protect their hands from cuts and other injuries. The gloves need to be durable as well as provide dexterity. This is for the protection of the workers, because a slip can be dangerous; you don’t want your workers getting hurt on the job.
Chemical Industry – Workers need to wear gloves that will protect their hands from chemical injuries, like burns or reactions. Again, the fit is essential so the job can be done as best as possible.
Trouble of Poorly Fitting Gloves
If your employees feel that they can’t work in their gloves, they may not wear them.
If they believe they are more efficient or the job is easier without the gloves, they’ll go without. This can lead to injury, fatigue and other problems in the hand.
Also, if gloves or too small or too big, workers will have to exert extra effort to get the job done while working with the gloves. This can lead to injury and fatigue as well.
Properly Fitting Gloves
While properly fitting gloves may cost a bit more than the one-size-fits-all approach, you will probably end up saving money due to less injury and more efficient work output.
This is your responsibility – the safety of your workers and the production of your product. Provide the safest and best measures you can and be careful where you cut corners.
When a glove fits well, it’s like working without one but with the protection.
Take the time to measure your employee’s hands for the best fit and check to make sure the fit is good when they are wearing them.
You’ll see the benefits and be happy you made the smart choice.
About the Author: Heather Legg is an independent writer who covers topics related to small business, social media and working from home.
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