Injuries to hands are all too easy to sustain: from impacts or crushing, or from cuts, heat or chemicals.
So in March, we held a Glove Day for the team at our Virgin Islands project, IPOS.
OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) recommends that "gloves be selected based on the task that will be performed, the chemicals encountered, and the performance and construction characteristics of the glove material."
We have found that standard leather gloves, and light cotton varieties, have drawbacks for the tasks we do.
However, one example of a significant improvement is a new glove: it has special padding for the back of the hand to offer high impact protection. While on the reverse side, the palms are stitched with Kevlar, designed to give excellent resistance against punctures and cuts.
Our teams were delighted to receive them. It’s a small investment when you consider they’re protecting one of the most precious tools we have.