Ansell Hazard Analysis Reduces Workplace Injuries
The need and value of personal protective equipment and worker safety have surged over the past two years. More than ever, it is imperative that organizations ensure they mitigate the risk of workplace hazards for their employees as well as their business’s sustainability.
In 2015, approximately 2.9 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses – such as burns, lacerations, cuts and fractures as well as latex and chemical allergies – were reported by private-industry employers in the United States.1 The previous year in the European Union, close to 3.2 million nonfatal incidents were recorded.2 Besides severe effects on the individual, these types of workplace injuries can also have particularly serious implications for a business’s performance.
The associated direct costs of an injury range from medical expenses and rehabilitation costs to workers’ compensation, plus indirect costs such as replacement workers, incident investigation, productivity loss and demotivation of workers.
In addition, global and local trends have an impact on your company’s economic performance, such as:
- Increased health and safety standards and regulations
- Increased focus on sustainability and waste reduction
- Vendor standardization and consolidation
- Global standardization in supplies and processes
According to OSHA, one of the root causes of workplace injuries is the failure to identify or recognize hazards. In fact, 70.9% of hand and arm injuries are preventable with the appropriate gloves and PPE. Ansell – a national leader in PPE solutions – has more than 125 years of experience, proprietary software and a chemical database that has assisted 15,000-plus facilities worldwide. These facilities have saved over $65 million using PPE from Ansell, which offers an assessment to determine the best gloves and PPE a company needs.
In the 45 years of performing safety assessments through its AnsellGUARDIAN® consultation program, Ansell has learned a few things. Every company is different, and so is every worker. In addition, all of the operations they undertake and all of the safety requirements they have are unique in their own way, which means that every assessment is unique. Each AnsellGUARDIAN® partner receives a tailor-made safety solution, backed by data collected by more than 600 safety experts from over 17,000 individual assessments since 2010.
With simple and clear processes provided by AnsellGUARDIAN® that focus on the most relevant areas to deliver best practice recommendations for a single application or even an entire site, a business is able to be equipped to mitigate risk and aid its people as well as their production.
Depending on the results, an assessment may recommend nitrile chemical gloves or cut-resistant gloves. For some industries, electrical protection gloves or abrasion-resistant gloves may be required. In the end, customized solutions that can help reduce injuries and keep workers’ hands safe are offered at no cost.
Let Ansell help you establish a proactive, ongoing jobsite hazard analysis process as a critical element of your safety and health program. This is AnsellGUARDIAN.
1 Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
2 Source: Eurostat Statistics