Did you know that one ⅓ of all accidents at work are actually hand accidents?
Indeed, the hand is in the front line during risky situations and is prone to serious injuries.
Moreover, the cut on the skin is undoubtedly the most frequent hand injury. This is why we are giving you today all the right gestures to adopt in order to treat but also to prevent a cut on the hand at work.
How to react to a cut on the hand?
Rule number 1: never neglect a wound on the hand.
In order to treat it quickly, it is important to observe it, to assess its severity and size, but also to take into consideration the state of health of the injured person. The cut may require medical attention.
Assessing the severity of the cut
First of all, take the time to examine the wound. This is to determine whether it is a:
- Superficial cut: the two edges of the cut are close together and cannot be pulled apart. This is a small, benign wound that only affects the epidermis and subcutaneous tissue.
- Deep cut: the two edges are far apart and the wound is wide open. In addition, the cut is deep (more than 0.5 cm) and tendons, muscles, nerves and blood vessels or even bone may be affected.
In order to estimate the severity of the wound, you should pay attention to the following elements:
- Length of the wound;
- Width of the wound;
- Cleanliness of the wound;
- Appearance of the wound (ragged or clean);
- Foreign objects in the wound (soil, shavings, wood or metal chips);
- Bleeding from the wound (light, moderate, heavy);
Of course, it will also be important to recognise which object caused the wound.
Cleaning the cut
Start by cleaning your hands thoroughly with soap and water. Then follow these steps to treat the wound:
- Clean the wound from the centre to the edges to remove dirt and foreign bodies. Use ONLY a gauze pad or a clean, smooth cloth to do this. Do not rub the wound! Use a tapping motion.
- Rincez the wound with clean, warm water. Be careful not to run the water directly over the wound.
- Disinfect the wound with an antiseptic solution. Do not use alcohol (it slows down the healing process) and do not use mercurochrome (it could mask foreign bodies).
- Cover the wound with a compress if it is bleeding heavily. Otherwise, leave the wound to heal in the open air.
Knowing when to consult
As you can see, a wound on the hand often requires a trip to the emergency room. To do this, you should call the fire brigade or the emergency services.
If the injured person shows symptoms of fever, vomiting or any other sign of infection, do not wait.
CAUTION: If any limbs have been severed, wrap them in a clean cloth and then in an airtight plastic bag to put them on ice.
What prevention measures should be taken to prevent hand injuries?
In order to limit the risks of hand cuts at work, you must implement a prevention plan within your company.
As an employer, it is your duty to draw up a single document for the assessment of occupational risks in your company and to keep it regularly updated.
This document makes it possible to identify and list all the hazards and risks to which your employees are exposed, particularly skin cuts.
Once it has been drawn up, you must take all the necessary measures to protect your teams. This may include, among other thing:
- Appropriate training to raise awareness of hand accidents;
- Work instructions designed to limit the risk of hand cuts;
- Acquisition of new equipment to better protect workers’ hands;
- Modernisation of work equipment or premises;
- Regular and regulated inspections of tools and machines.
Individually, your employees can protect themselves from the risks of hand cuts by doing the following gestures:
- Familiarising themselves with equipment and machines;
- Keep their hands away from sharp tools and machines;
- Always wear the required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE);
- Work at their own pace and in safety;
- Take frequent breaks, stop any task if they become less alert.
What are the best ROSTAING gloves for preventing cuts on the hand?
As a technical expert in hand protection, ROSTAING is a true specialist in cut protection
This is why our experts have developed a complete and innovative high-cut range.
In order to protect you from the highest risks, this range complies with the EN388 standard which includes since 2016 the ISO13997 cut test.
The BLACKTACTIL glove is the first glove to have obtained level F for cuts. With maximum cut resistance, it is particularly appreciated for its comfort and second skin effect thanks to its ergonomic technological knit.
The DURANIT-ULTRA glove is part of our innovative DURA3 range.
The glove has an ultra-resistant technological mesh that guarantees maximum cut resistance (cut level F), effortless freedom of movement and an incredible second skin effect. DURANIT-ULTRA is 3 times more durable thanks to its innovative nitrile coating and reinforcement on the first wear area of the thumb/index.
The glove is designed for welding operations as well as metal forming and stamping. It protects against the risks of high cuts (level E). It is also resistant to contact heat up to 100°C and has a high resistance to molten metal splashes. Finally, the PROSOUD/1 glove meets the requirements of EN 12477/ TYPE A (Welder’s standard).
The RIPDEXG glove is part of our innovative PERFORAZOR range.
This glove also has the maximum performance levels against mechanical risks (EN 388). It therefore perfectly meets the 2 main requirements for handling razor wire, namely cutting (level F with Newton resistance of 62N) and perforation.
Finally, thanks to the oil and water repellent treated leather, the RIPDEXG glove retains its grip in wet or oily environments.
To find out more about our range of anti-cutting gloves, consult our 2021 catalogue.
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