In general, occupational injuries are not life-threatening but could seriously affect your life in so many ways. The numbers are staggering with 25% of all workplace injuries involving hands and fingers. Hand hazards could be classified into four categories:
Mechanical hand hazards include cutting surfaces, sharp points or moving parts of a vibrating machine.
Personal hand hazards are those that involve jewelry, unkempt hair, loose clothing and defective personal protective equipment (PPE).
Contact hand hazards are surfaces that are hot or cold, toxic liquids, harmful chemicals and electric current.
Housekeeping hand hazards include the poor maintenance of work spaces and the improper storage of equipment.
Being simply aware of these hazards could make a huge difference in reducing the consequences of occupational injuries and even preventing fatalities.
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