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What makes us humans unique is that we can bring our thumbs all the way across our hands to our ring and little fingers. We can also flex the ring and little fingers toward the base of our thumb. This gives us a powerful grip and excellent dexterity to accomplish everything from manipulating tools to playing a musical instrument. But our hands are delicate appendages with a sheath of easily-punctured skin covering 27 bones, 29 joints, and at least 123 ligaments that can be broken, bruised, and overworked.

The key to hand protection is a job hazard assessment that tells workers what tasks in their jobs could cause a hand injury and how they can prevent the injury from happening.

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  • Fact sheets
    • Personal protective equipment
      Details when employers must provide personal protective equipment (PPE) for workers, with an example of a hazard assessment, and descriptions of appropriate PPE for various tasks.
      English  02/24/2012
  • Quick facts
    • Equipo protectivo individual
      Personal protective equipment
      Datos rápidos para trabajadores sobre equipo individual. El equipo de protección individual le protege de peligros laborales tales como químicos, electricidad, humos, objetos filosos, y ruido. El equipo de protección individual usualmente es conocido como EPI. - | - Quick facts for employees about personal equipment. Personal protective equipment protects you from hazards in your workplace such as chemicals, electricity, fumes, sharp objects, and noise. Personal protective equipment is usually called PPE.
      Spanish  06/10/2010

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