Emergency Preparedness

Protect Your Hands

Your hands may be in danger if you:

  • Use machinery and tools with moving or cutting parts.
  • Use corrosive chemicals.
  • Work with very hot or cold substances.
  • Work with electrical hazards.
  • Do work that involves repetitive motion, as in assembly line work, painting or keyboarding.


  • Be alert to hand hazards before an accident can happen.
  • Use push-sticks, guards, shields and other safety devices designed for your equipment.
  • Use brushes, not hands, to wipe away debris.
  • Inspect equipment and machinery to make sure its in good operating condition.
  • Disconnect power before repairing or cleaning machinery.
  • Use the right personal protective equipment such as gloves, guards, or barrier creams.
  • Be sure your gloves are the right type and size for your job.
  • To avoid overuse problems, use tools designed to keep wrists straight.


  • Never wear rings, jewelry, or loose clothing when using machinery.

Never take shortcuts with safety procedures.