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This topic covers OSHA’s regulations for hand protection, which are a subset of its personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements. Common types of hand and finger injuries include traumatic injuries (e.g., cuts, fractures, punctures, and amputations), contact injuries (e.g., skin diseases or burns), and carpal tunnel syndrome, which is a condition that results from prolonged repetive work with the hands.

Hand protection must be worn when employees face hazards to hands or fingers including absorption of harmful substances through the skin, serious cuts and abrasions, punctures, chemical or thermal burns, and extreme temperatures. Hand protection can consist of protective gloves, arm coverings or elbow-length gloves, or finger guards. Protective gloves can be fabric or coated fabric; leather, canvas, or metal mesh; chemical-resistant material; or insulated rubber. The appropriate type of hand protection depends on the specific job hazards to which an employee is exposed.

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Directives 10/30/1978 - STD 01-06-001 - Application of 29 CFR 1910.132(a) to the Retail Food Industry 07/08/2003National
Regulations 29 CFR § 1910.138 Hand protection  National
Handouts Electrical Glove Classification  National
Posters Give Your Hands a Break Wear the Right Gloves (PDF)  National
Training Tips Gloves Go Hand In Hand with Safety  National
Regulatory Analysis Hand Protection  National
Safety Slogans Hand Protection  National
7 Minute Safety Trainer Hand Protection (Outline)  National
Puzzles Hand Protection (PDF)  National
Meetings Hand Protection (Word)  National
Quizzes Hand Protection [7-Minute Safety Trainer]  National
Handouts Hand Protection [7-Minute Safety Trainer]  National
Handouts Hand Protection [7-Minute Safety Trainer] - Spanish  National
Quizzes Hand Protection [7-Minute Safety Trainer] - Spanish  National
Quizzes Hand Protection Quiz (Word)  National
Training Activities Hand Protection Safety Activity (Word)  National
Checklists Hand Protection Training Checklist for Employers  National
Toolbox Talks Hand protection: Cut-resistant gloves  National
Toolbox Talks Hand protection: Reducing vibration hazards  National
Toolbox Talks Hand protection: Selecting chemical-resistant gloves  National
Toolbox Talks Hand protection: Selecting heat- and cold-resistant gloves  National
7 Minute Safety Trainer Hand Protection: Selecting the Right Glove (Outline)  National
Handouts Hand Protection: Selecting the Right Glove [7-Minute Safety Trainer]  National
Quizzes Hand Protection: Selecting the Right Glove [7-Minute Safety Trainer]  National
Handouts Hand Protection: Selecting the Right Glove [7-Minute Safety Trainer] - Spanish  National
Quizzes Hand Protection: Selecting the Right Glove [7-Minute Safety Trainer] - Spanish  National
Checklists Hand Safety (PDF)  National
Quizzes Hand Safety (PDF)  National
Training Tips Handy Tips for Hand Safety  National
Handouts Hold on to Your Hands (PDF)  National
Handouts Hold on to Your Hands (PDF) -- Spanish  National
Posters Keep Your Hands to Yourself! (PDF)  National
Quizzes Keeping Hands Safe From Machinery Quiz (Word)  National
Cartoons Lobster Claws (JPG)  National
Interpretations OSHA doesn't regulate latex gloves for food preparation [1910.138; 1910.1030] 04/07/1998National
Handouts PPE - Hand Protection Handout (PDF)  National
Toolbox Talks PPE for construction workers: hand protection  National
PowerPoints PPE: Hand Protection  National
Quizzes PPE: Hand Protection  National
Speaker's Notes PPE: Hand Protection  National
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