The fight to stop hand injuries should be a priority in every workplace. Our hands and fingers are vital in every area of our daily lives and we often take them for granted. HSE’s report 2015/16 tells us that 72,702 employees experienced non-fatal injuries at work. Of these, 20% were handling related injuries.
Sprains, fractures and breaks aren’t the only types of hand injuries, the most common are cuts, lacerations and punctures. The risk of these injuries often get overlooked; however, they can side-line staff for weeks – a massive cost to any business.
How to Minimise Risk
Look at injury prevention as a first step. Often if injury prevention methods are high the cost to protect your workforce reduces. Walk around your factory or warehouse, does all machinery have the necessary guards, are they in designated areas with, named members qualified to use them?
Finding the best protection
Hand Protection like all PPE is the last line of defence for your workforce. This line should never be breached and correct safety standards should always be maintained.
With Hand Protection, up to 80% of the product cost is down to the materials used, so you do get what you pay for! When it comes to providing the last line of defence for your workforce, cutting corners shouldn’t be an option. The repercussions from an accident will be far more expensive.
If reducing spend is your goal, investing in better hand protection will help you achieve this by, reducing injury downtime, increasing productivity and maximising operational efficiencies.
The cost of quality
Cheaper Hand Protection is manufactured using cheaper materials and cheaper methods. Cheaper materials can never offer the protection that higher quality materials do and they wear out quicker. Therefore, you may be saving money on the cost per pair with the cheaper option but in the long run you spend will increase due to the increased usage.
The hidden costs
High-quality PPE not only offers increased protection but also lasts longer than inexpensive options. Still in doubt? Just compare the average cost of employee downtime and medical costs with the savings achieved by a cheaper short-term solution. We have all heard stories of a short-term fix causing more problems and increasing costs. It isn’t only medical costs that make injuries a huge expense, but also the indirect costs in from lost productivity and staff replacement, not to mention the massive potential cost of worker’s compensation claims on preventable injuries.
So, when you are assessing the PPE used on in your business, be wary of the pitfalls that cheaper PPE can lure you into.
Contact iSB Group to get a true cost evaluation and ‘Raise the bar of corporate well-being’ within your business.