The PESA Health & Safety Committee discussed methods in which companies can encourage and build awareness around hand and finger safety during a roundtable on February 14, hosted by Caterpillar Oil & Gas.
Panelists included Rae Rotter, Senior HSE Manager, Stream-Flo USA; Mitchell Kemp, Director-HSE, Gulf Region, Cummins Sales & Service and Jeff Felker, Senior Vice President, Sales, Ringers Gloves. Charles Easter, Fleet Safety Manager – US & Canada Geozone-QHSE, Weatherford, moderated the discussion.
Rotter began the event by addressing hand and finger risk assessment. He addressed challenges around the development and implementation process and the importance of getting the support and buy-in from all levels of management. Rotter also discussed the challenges an organization can face while creating risk assessments, highlighting the criticality of effective planning and communication.
Kemp shared best practices on Cummins’ corporate hand and finger safety and prevention policy. Kemp touched upon policy requirements used in the matrix such as activities, guiding tools, key documents and the selection of proper risk assessment. Kemp also addressed prevention and the process and requirements for hand hazard identification and assessment such as a corporate tool kit. This process helps to look at not only the hazard type and sub-type, but descriptions of each hazard and the controls available.
Finally, Felker provided industry statistics relative to hand injuries and how they affect different companies, particularly with regard to cost. He noted additional statistics relative to total industry lost time incidents by body part and total industry recordable incidents by body part, with hand and finger injuries representing a high percentage of those incidents.
Felker also discussed the importance of understanding glove ratings and the protection level on gloves and how to identify which gloves should be used for a particular job.
The PESA Health & Safety Committee will host additional roundtables in 2019, addressing topics that include dropped objects, onboarding new employees into a safety culture and HSE data analytics.
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