Over 600 of the workers on site are required to wear Personal Protection Equipment (PPE).
Protective gloves are necessary for employees in the engineering, assembly, packaging and plant maintenance departments for a wide variety of applications including the handling of metal swarf, sharps, coolants, paints and greasy assembly components.
With the incumbent range of gloves, instances were occurring where inappropriate hand protection was being worn for the hazards faced. In addition, only having a single glove size available meant that some workers were being impeded by wearing poorly-fitting gloves.
This was having a detrimental effect on the productivity of the worker and the lifespan of the glove. Combined with some quality issues, it resulted in gloves not being worn for 100% of the time and a feeling of frustration within sections of the workforce.
At the time, hand injuries represented a significant part of on-site health and safety incidents and with a view to reducing this, BRUSH turned to Globus, the hand protection experts for advice.
“Since the adoption of gloves from Globus, BRUSH has recorded a 65% reduction in injuries to hands and digits…”
BRUSH invited Globus to evaluate their hand protection requirements with a view to implementing a robust hand protection policy to support their ‘Think Safe, Work Safe, Home Safe’ safety policy.
Over a six month period, an experienced Globus Account Manager and industry expert undertook a bespoke programme for BRUSH which involved an in-depth assessment of requirements, followed by extensive on-site trials, reviews and implementation plan. A detailed programme of training followed to introduce the new gloves and explain their different uses to the work force.
For BRUSH, Globus established that 13 different glove styles from the SHOWA and SKYTEC ranges would be necessary in order to effectively protect workers against the hazards that are faced within all departments. The glove styles would be available in a variety of sizes.
A solution from Globus was selected because the quality of the product could be guaranteed. BRUSH employees are considered ‘better off’ wearing such high performance hand protection because the gloves are durable, provide an excellent fit and offer excellent levels of dexterity and comfort.
Previously BRUSH had held 20 different styles on stock, so a consolidated Globus solution comprising 13 styles helped to streamline internal processes in Stores as well as in the Procurement department.
“Since the adoption of gloves from Globus, BRUSH has recorded a 65% reduction in injuries to hands and digits. Focussing on the cost per pair isn’t always the right way of assessing the true value of a good hand protection product, it can sometimes be misconstrued.
The benefits of our workers wearing a glove from Globus have been far-reaching within our organisation. Not only have hand injuries reduced, but our procurement process for gloves is now more efficient. And with everyone now wearing the correct size of glove for their hands, we are finding that they are lasting longer too.
Health, Safety & Environment Manager, Brush Electrical Machines.
To help remind workers about which glove they should be wearing for the task in hand, Globus also produced bespoke hand protection selection material which was placed in all the departments.