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ANSI/ISEA 121-2018 Just Dropped. Here’s the Deal.

As you probably already know the American National Standards Institute publishes a voluntary set of standards and best practices for the construction industry. The latest standard addresses equipment used to tether and/or contain hand tools, components and other objects that could fall from at-heights applications. Increasing numbers of employees are finding themselves ascending to heights to complete their work often directly over or adjacent to their colleagues, by-standers and other individuals at lower levels. Protective equipment, such as hard hats, have long been available to minimize the effects of struck-by incidents only after an object has fallen. Active controls utilized to prevent falling objects by tying them off or containing them while at heights are a rapidly growing practice. Dropped objects include hand tools, instrumentation, small parts, structural components and other items that have to be transferred and used at heights.

Ritz Safety Fall Protection ANSI TetherANSI/ISEA is offering further guidance on the design and testing of products with anchor and connection points (after original manufacturer). Specifically, containers and tool tethers with carabiner or snaphook-type connectors should have locking gates and captive eyes. Containers should also have a minimum of a closure system, integral anchor points or integral tethers. Ritz Safety works with suppliers like 3M and Ergodyne to promote these voluntary, consensus standards across their fall protection products.

The Quest for the Perfect Glove!

Written by Craig Wagner, CEO and President of Global Glove

Today, just like I stated 15 years ago, we find ourselves in the midst of a hand protection revolution.  Now cut resistance has become a more paramount part of hand protection and the flat dip glove dipping process. Quite simply, flat dip technology, combined with new cut resistant fibers like aramids (including brand names Twaron®, Kevlar®) and high density polyethylene also known as HDPE (including brands like Spectra®, Tuffalene® and Dyneema®), are again revolutionizing the glove industry. Many of these cut resistant yarns double and triple cut resistance when enhanced with fiberglass or steel.  New manufacturing techniques are changing the rules of the game for everybody in the hand protection business.

What is flat dip technology? Where did it originate? Why is its impact so great? The following will seek to answer these questions and provide a little history of glove breakthroughs over the years, adding some needed insight and perspective to the flat dip innovation.

What Went Before

The milestones in hand protection technology divide glove history into several neatly defined eras marked by advances in distinct areas of production. These developments are in the knitting, manufacturing, polymers and now cut resistant yarns used to make gloves. Breakthroughs were made in supported/coated gloves, polymers, high performance yarns and automated knitted gloves.  Gloves could now be dipped directly to knitted gloves. No longer would general work gloves be viewed as a choice only between leather or canvas.

Within this genre come breakthroughs in chemical resistant lines through formulation of superior polymers such as natural rubber, neoprene, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and nitrile. It is here we also find the precursors to flat dip technology with palm dipping techniques and more precise manufacturing processes. With natural rubber and synthetic coatings, workers were provided improved grip and handling and unparalleled dexterity.

Parallel to coated breakthroughs, were the advancements made in automated knitting. Cotton and synthetic shells and liners became lighter, tighter and more durable as automated knitting machines produced ever sturdier, highly resilient shells. Progress in all three components of glove manufacturing – knitting, manufacturing and polymers – has culminated in the advent of flat dip production. These pioneering firsts in automated knitting owe to the diligent work of Japan’s Shima Seika, Ltd. and now copied by numerous other knit machine manufacturing plants. The progress made, and cost reductions achieved, within the last 25 years outpaces the collective advancements in automated knitting 3,000 years before and since the invention of the loom.

The Intersection of Breakthroughs

Flat dip technology is simply the precise palm coating of a polymer onto an advanced knitted cotton or synthetic shell. As the name implies, flat dip is the application of a polymer coating from the palm to the sides of the fingertips. Where it differs from other coated gloves is in the shell itself and the precision with which the coating is applied. The shell is characterized by its knitting, which produces an extremely lightweight and durable glove with a greater concentration of woven fabric per surface area. It conforms to the hand and resists degradation through stretching.

The coating occurs through a careful dipping process that applies the polymer evenly over a discreet and specific area of glove. It’s the accuracy and even distribution of the coating that separates the flat dip process from other coated gloves. The result is an almost seamless coated glove that offers the wearer the comfort and feel of an unsupported, formed dipped glove with the durability and ruggedness of a knitted, coated glove. Add in cut resistant yarns used in the shells and you have the best of all worlds.

Flat dipped gloves combined with glove shells utilizing cut resistant yarns or the use of cut resistant liners, have changed everything. As safety engineers and risk managers see injuries and lawsuits decline with greater usage, the trend will only continue to grow. The technology is no longer in its infancy. All good manufacturing plants have automatic dipping.  Many are perfecting automation of the entire glove process. Robots and other automation now do loading, unloading, online stamping/marking, and packaging.  Those who do not automate will have a hard time competing in the marketplace.  Bottom line is that over capacity has driven costs to the user down drastically.

Yarn and cut resistant improvements

Advancements in the fibers used, such as HDPE and Aramids®, to knit the shells before dipping have advanced as much as the dipping process.  Adding nylon to either of these provides outstanding comfort. We see this in ladies nylons and the new athletic stretch clothing.  Enhancing those same fibers with steel or fiberglass drastically improve cut resistance, sometimes as much as four to five times the cut resistance.

Each type of fiber has its advantage and disadvantages.  Heat, wear, cut and comfort all vary with the type of base fiber and what is added to it making up the final yarn.  Even some of the industrial polyesters have good cut qualities when enhanced and wrapped correctly, at lower cost.

Add in more capacity and competitors HDPE and Aramid® markets, and you see costs greatly reduced.  Improved wrapping processes have also improved cut resistance and comfort.

It’s the actual applications that highlight the universal appeal of flat dipped gloves. From general construction to automotive, assembly, material handling and repair, the glove’s comfort and grip make it a favorite of workers in nearly every industry. And because of the precision in its knitting and the possibilities available with its coatings, flat dipped gloves are fast becoming the premier of choice for electronics and computer assembly.

The retail market, which typically lags behind in glove innovation, has now exploded with the flat dipped products. The cut resistant yarns are now starting to show up in the retail marketplace, specifically in the do-it-yourself and home improvement stores. And as we’ve learned in this business, what a worker wears on the job is what he or she typically wants when working at home.

Perfect glove?  We are getting pretty close!!!

Craig Wagner can be reached at or by calling 763-450-0110. Global Glove is a privately held glove maker headquartered in Ramsey, Minnesota. In addition to speaking and writing extensively about the hand protection market, Mr. Wagner is a frequent lecturer at on-site safety and quality assurance seminars for industrial workers across the country and around the world and has 30 years of sales and manufacturing experience in the glove market.

Glove Coatings & Materials – What is right for you?


Article written with information courtesy of Wells Lamont, Liberty Glove & Safety, Majestic and Cordova Safety Products.

Determining the appropriate type of glove, coating or features is vital to ensuring the protection of you and your co-workers. What type of leather will provide the most abrasion resistance but not break the bank? Will a latex or Nitrile glove be better for use in oily applications? I need level 4 cut protection; what’s the best material for this cut level requirement? Below is some information about a variety of glove components and some of their characteristics. As always, it is recommended that you first test out the glove options you are considering to make sure that they will meet your specific job’s requirements.

NITRILE – An alternative to latex, nitrile offers superior resistance to snags, punctures, abrasions and cuts. Coated nitrile effectively replaces and outwears leathers in a broad range of dry and light wet/oily applications. In most cases, nitrile dipped gloves are machine washable.

  • Applications: Most medical environments (check with manufacturer to ensure approval), automotive assembly, wet/oily applications, glass handling, chemical usage

VINYL/PVC – Also known as PVC (polyvinyl chloride) it is available in disposable, coated or vinyl impregnated styles. In addition to offering excellent sensitivity, vinyl/PVC disposable gloves are chemical resistant and ambidextrous. Vinyl/PVC coated is an inexpensive choice for applications where cut and abrasion resistance is needed. Rough PVC coatings make handling wet surfaces easier and safer. Vinyl/PVC impregnated gloves on an interlock knit liner stretch to a snug and sensitive fit, are liquid repellent and provide superior grip.

  • Applications: Cleaning tasks, food preparation (check with manufacturer to ensure approval), light industrial

LATEX – Offers superior strength, dexterity, and both liquid and chemical resistant protection in disposable styles. Coated rubber is a great choice for additional cut resistance, comfort and value. For a versatile solution, latex coated options are an ideal choice for abrasion resistance such as for handling sharp edges or building materials like concrete block, tile or lumber.

  • Applications: Automotive repair and assembly, chemical plants, aircraft assembly, food processing (check with manufacturer to ensure approval), pesticide/insecticide manufacturing

POLYURETHANE (PU) – Mainly used as a coating in knit gloves, PU offers great dexterity, softness and strength with a comfortable fit. Resistant to oils, solvents, greases, gasoline and more it also contains no latex proteins or chemical accelerators, both of which can cause allergic reactions. Many polyurethane coated gloves offer good protection from minor cuts and scrapes.

  • Applications: Small parts handling, electronic parts handling and assembly, general assembly, metal stamping

KEVLAR® – One of the strongest man-made fibers available, Kevlar® offers excellent cut protection and heat insulation; Kevlar® gloves are flame resistant so they will not burn or melt, and can protect against temperatures up to 700° F. It is designed to protect hands from the sharp edges of metals, ceramics, glass and other materials. Pound for pound Kevlar®  is five times stronger than stainless steel.

  • Applications: High heat environments, glass handling, metal cutting/stamping, recycling/sorting operations

TAEKI5® – Developed in Europe, this versatile multi-filament yarn combines high strength Taeki® fiber, fiberglass and synthetic fiber to provide excellent abrasion, cut and contact heat resistance. The high cut- and abrasion-resistant properties give it an outstanding performance-to-price ratio. In addition, Taeki5® is launderable (minimal shrinking) and is unaffected by chlorine bleach and exposure to UV light, thereby extending glove life.

  • Applications: Glass handling, metal cutting/stamping, recycling/sorting operations

ALYCORETM Patented AlycoreTM offers cut, puncture and needle resistance like no other product has before. Composed mostly of super-thin threads of iron and carbon, AlycoreTM is lightweight, flexible, breathable, recyclable and washable. It provides over six pounds of cut resistance and is tested using actual 25-gauge needles, which break when impacted with an AlycoreTM glove.

  • Applications: Glass handling, metal cutting/stamping, recycling/sorting operations

COWHIDE LEATHER – Offers good abrasion resistance, an attractive appearance and good thermal protection. It is the most commonly used leather in the glove market and is generally the most cost-effective available.

PIGSKIN LEATHER – Offers the greatest breathability due to larger pores in the hide and is flexible even after repeated exposure to moisture; it also will not shrink when dried. Pigskin leather offers the highest resistance to heat and abrasion and has good tensile strength.

GOATSKIN LEATHER – When tactile sensitivity is required, goatskin leather is the ideal option. It is soft, pliable, provides excellent wear, abrasion resistance and tensile strength. Goatskin leather, due to its high lanolin content, is one of the softest leathers available.

SYNTHETIC LEATHER – A man-made fabric that looks like leather, it is used for basic protection against abrasion and offers good insulation depending on construction. Often used as a substitute for real leather, it is light-weight and easy to clean, durable and stain resistant.

  • Applications for most natural and synthetic leathers: Construction, foundries, warehouse tasks, shipping/receiving/loading docks, agricultural labor, industrial facilities, cabling, welding, general labor duties

Helping to Understand the New ANSI/ISEA 105 2016 Ratings

Article written by MCR Safety, one of Ritz Safety’s key partners in providing cutting-edge safety equipment.

ANSI/ISEA and EN388 cut levels are NOT interchangeable

To capitalize on today’s technology and innovation, you need to understand our industry’s test methods. Each test method has unique processes and testing equipment (see diagrams for more explanation). Therefore, it is difficult to make comparisons with each of these test methods and results (scores).


Understanding the ANSI/ISEA 105 standard specific to cut protection

The American National Standards Institute and the International Safety Equipment Association have recently updated our industry’s ANSI/ISEA 105 Standard. Effective February 1st, 2016, this updated standard provides the criteria to better identify levels of cut protection, abrasion, puncture, chemical, heat, vibration, and dexterity. Much of our industry’s attention will be directed toward enhancements in cut protection levels. These changes are necessary to help the safety glove industry move toward establishing an international test method for cut protection. The new test method designation is F2992/F2992M-15.


Under the previous standard, cut levels were broken up into five levels; Cut Level 1 (rarely promoted across the industry), Cut Level 1, Cut Level 3, Cut Level 4 and Cut Level 5. Under the new ANSI/ISEA 105 standard, there will be nine (9) levels of cut protection. Additionally, all levels will reference “A” as a prefix to identify compliance with the new standard. These levels will be: Cut Level A1 (similar to the old standard’s Cut Level 1, it is anticipated that this too will be rarely promoted), Cut Level A2, Cut Level A3, Cut Level A4, Cut Level A5, Cut Level A6, Cut Level A7, Cut Level A8 and Cut Level A9.

Understanding the EN388 standard specific to cut protection

A revised European directive to harmonize standards for PPE items and mirror more closely the ANSI/ISEA methods is pending. The most significant change would involve cut resistance test methods to more closely match the revised ANSI/ISEA 105 standard. The European Standard EN388 includes four physical tests required for gloves. The industry identifies this testing information with CE and a four digit number. Each number represents an individual test for abrasion, cut, tear, and puncture. The cut test uses a circular blade under a fixed load, moves back and forth until cut through is achieved. This is conducted on Couptest equipment and is unique to CE testing methods. EN388 or CE test results do require third party certification. Consider the acronym ACT-P as a convenient reference to remembering the four physical tests.


MCR Safety has more than forty years of experience as a leader in the field of personal protective equipment (PPE). MCR Safety’s combined standard-setting products and industry-defining levels of service are backed by an unwavering commitment to excellence. For more information on the products MCR Safety offers, visit or call 800-451-3077.

2016 Changes to Hand Safety Standards – New ANSI/ISEA 105 Needlestick Test Explained

Originally posted by HexArmor on 1/14/2016 and used with their permission.

While there are many standards in hand safety set by both the American ANSI/ISEA 105 and European EN388, one area has been completely missing: hypodermic needlestick protection.

Both the ANSI/ISEA 105 and EN388 provide a puncture test that uses a blunt probe to measure the amount of force required to puncture through a sample material/glove. However, until now, there has been no standard for hypodermic needlestick resistance. Many glove manufacturers use the puncture test to measure needlestick resistance, but due to the bluntness of the probe, the puncture test is inadequate for determining needlestick resistance and in no way represents of the danger of a hypodermic needle.

Effective February 2016, the ANSI/ISEA 105 standard will be updated and published to include the ASTM F2878-10 needlestick puncture test, recognizing that this is a common potential exposure risk for the medical, sanitation, and recycling industries.

Testing Method

The ASTM F2878-10 test method uses a 25 gauge needle to determine the force required to cause a hypodermic needle to penetrate through protective clothing or material. The puncture probe (25G needle) travels at a 90˚ angle into a specimen at a velocity of 500mm/min. Results are reported in Newtons and the average of a minimum of 12 specimens are used to report the classification level (1-5 scale).

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HexArmor® Needlestick Protection

While the ASTM F2878 is a new standard for ANSI/ISEA 105, HexArmor® has used this test method for years as a performance metric for all of our needlestick resistant products. Our SuperFabric® Brand Material has consistently outperformed the competition in not only needlestick resistance, but also in cut protection, which is typically an equally-important attribute for the sanitation and recycling industries.

For more information on the products HexArmor offers, visit or call 800-451-3077.

Hand Protection: Cost Should No Longer Be The Deciding Factor

Written by Nick Collins, Marketing Director for Ritz Safety

Take a moment and consider this familiar scenario; You have been presented with two glove options for your workforce of about one hundred employees.  Glove option one features durable construction using a top grain leather with minimal dexterity and cut resistance, comes from a trusted glove manufacturer and costs only $8 per pair. Option B features a nitrile dipped Kevlar® shell for excellent cut resistance, superior dexterity and durability, good wet and dry grip and it can be laundered for extended use but is $12 per pair. Simple math says to go with option one, right? If you purchase just one pair per employee, your cost difference alone is $400 less. But what about the factors other than just cost?

As a Safety Manager, your focus is to find the best option for the task at hand while considering a variety of important factors. A 2013 study* from TriComB2B in partnership with the University of Dayton School of Business found that price dominated just 55% of all purchasing decisions. Instead, product features, benefits and even brand name are other attributes that are factored in on buying decisions. We no longer live and work in a cost-driven world. Instead, Safety Managers are looking for gloves that are dexterous, coated for an enhanced grip, and made with materials that are inherently cut resistant, in addition to other features, in an effort to increase worker safety. While cut resistance is an obvious component of elevated protection, the other two aspects should not be overlooked either. A glove that lacks dexterity may be removed to perform certain tasks, which removes the worker’s protection. An enhanced grip makes it less likely something will slip out of, or through the worker’s hands, which could cause a laceration. There are multiple variables to take into account for each job or task to ensure the overall protection meets workers’ needs. So let’s look at some of these additional factors that one may want to consider prior to making a purchasing decision.

Advancements in Glove Construction Technology

You may be asking “But aren’t these cut resistant gloves much more expensive than general purpose gloves?” Until very recently, that was the case. However, advancements in manufacturing processes and engineered yarn technology has allowed glove manufacturers to narrow this pricing gap dramatically. Engineered yarns optimize performance, function, and protection by blending select fibers to exceed industry standards. The ultimate objective has always been affordable cut resistant gloves for practically every application and now it can be provided for everyone, in every market.

Glove Coatings Provide Added Safety

Previously, construction workers were typically seen wearing those fabric/leather split palm gloves. However switching to coated seamless knits with engineered yarns enhances protection and allows workers to more securely hold power tools, handle sharp fasteners and sheet metal. Warehouse workers who often wear the economical general purpose gloves can now be more secure, even while handling those dangerous box cutters or razor sharp tape dispenser blades. With coated dipped gloves, workers can now keep their gloves on while performing all job tasks opposed to having to remove bulkier gloves to perform a task that requires more dexterity than they can get from their current glove. By removing their gloves, workers are put at greater risk of injury.

Dipped vs. Leather: Wear, Cut and Abrasion Resistance

Protective Industrial Products (PIP), a key supplier for Ritz Safety, recently tested a number of their dipped synthetic material gloves versus those made of natural materials. The information below demonstrate that the Cost of Ownership (CoO) for many synthetic gloves is lower than gloves made of natural materials. CoO is defined as the price of the glove divided by the number of rotations of the blade on a Taber Abrasion test machine required to wear through the glove material. The Taber Abrasion test is widely recognized as one of the most effective means of measuring a product’s durability. The test method used to gather this data was ASTM D 3389 – using 1,000 grams of weight on the abrasive wheel. Here is a summary of their observations about this data**:

  • Over time the CoO of leather is higher than using any other glove tested. Leather offers less protection and performance than synthetic options. The most expensive glove to wear based on the CoO is top grain leather…the test results illustrate 3 ½ times more costly than nitrile foam, seven times more than latex flat dipped and 11 times more than the CoO of coated Dyneema®.
  • The least expensive glove to wear based on the CoO is Dyneema®. The tested glove1 offers abrasion resistance that is 160 times that of a regular grade top grain leather glove.
  • The tested splash latex coated knit glove2 was found to be one third of the CoO of an economy split leather palm glove and offers almost twice the wear.
  • The tested crinkle finish latex coated knit3 offers 30% more protection from abrasion than a “B/C” grade split leather palm and costs only 25% more than the leather glove. This same glove also offers abrasion resistance that is three times that of a regular grade leather drivers and it is seven times more cost effective to own.
  • The tested economy crinkle finish latex coated knit4 provided almost twice the wear of the regular grade top grain leather glove and is eight times more cost effective to own.
  • The tested foam nitrile coated nylon knit5 will provide almost six times the wear of the “B/C” grade split leather palm and it is almost three time more cost effective to own. This same glove offers approximately three times more abrasion resistance than regular grade leather drivers while CoO of leather is over five times higher.

Just Turn It or Wash It

Another factor to consider is whether the gloves you are considering can be worn on either hand or machined wash. By having the capability to be worn on either the left or right hand, wearers have essentially doubled the life of the glove. Some machined knit gloves also feature the benefit of being able to be machined washed. This enables many of the contaminants the gloves have picked up during use, whether dirt and debris, chemicals, or other types of foreign particles, to be washed from the gloves and returned back to near-new characteristics. In either case, factoring in these life-extending capabilities should be factored into your overall glove costs. (Two items of note: 1) If you or your employees are washing the gloves, or you have an outside laundering company handling this, additional fees for laundering, should be considered and 2) Some gloves will lose certain benefits and characteristics with each wash. Please refer to the glove manufacturer for washing limits and instructions on care, and be sure to inspect your gloves after each wash cycle, ensuring they will provide the same level of protection as when first used). Launderability of a glove and whether it is ambidextrous or not can also become a factor for those companies who attempt to minimize waste. By adding life to the gloves via machine/hand washing or the simple switching the glove from left to right hand usage, companies can help minimize their waste footprint as well.

The Same But Different

The true costs of a glove are going to vary from company to company and even person to person. Some companies, even if they are in the same type of industry, will cycle through gloves at different rates for a variety of reasons. From different weather environments and worksite requirements to the pride employees take in their safety gear and unaccounted for usage, you should always conduct a site survey that is specific to your company’s requirements prior to deciding on a glove purchase. Having a good understanding of the requirements and demands your work and employees will be putting on their hand protection will help you determine which the best options will be. Most suppliers, including Ritz Safety, are happy to provide these site surveys either on their own or with the partnership of a trusted glove manufacturer. In many cases, bringing in a representative of the glove or gloves you are considering, will also help you better understand the best options, as they may see things that could require a different type of glove feature or style.

Making the Decision

So when the time comes to make a decision on the hand protection for your workforce, be sure that you are looking at the many other factors presented with the purchase and not simply cost alone. As companies continue attempting to keep costs low and get the most out of every purchase, sometimes higher up-front costs will actually lead to lower overall costs in the end. Taking time to properly assess all the factors related to your glove needs will help you determine the true costs of that $8 or $12 glove purchase.

References: *”The Considered Purchase Decision: What Matters, What Doesn’t, And What It Means for B2B Marketing and Sales”; TriComB2b in partnership with the University of Dayton School of Business Administration, 2013.

**Glove models utilized during testing: 1) PIP 19-D622. 2) PIP 39-C122. 3) PIP 39-C1300. 4) PIP 39-1310. 5) PIP 34-800.

Ritz Safety, an international distributor for a broad range of personal protective equipment, opened it’s doors in 1983. With nine locations throughout the United States, Ritz Safety has a location near you, with 24/7 ordering capabilities also available at Please contact us directly at (800) 451-3077 or with questions or to place an order.

 Additional article information was provided by Protective Industrial Products, one of Ritz Safety’s key partners in providing cutting-edge safety equipment. PIP has been an independently owned supplier of consumable personal protective equipment to industrial distribution for over 30 years.

The Real Cost of Cuts

This post was provided by Slice, one of Ritz Safety’s key partners in providing cutting-edge safety equipment.

They say you can’t put a price on safety, but if you’re in charge of safety budgets, you know that’s not true. When it’s time to equip or replace your company’s safety gear, the cost is spelled out in neat columns on your spreadsheet. Here you move numbers around, trying this trick or that to ensure that expenditure numbers match budget numbers and you’re in the black. After all, you don’t want to spend more than you have to. However, this approach only considers one part of the equation. If your calculations don’t account for the price of injuries, you’re not getting the whole picture.

Cuts: Leading Workplace Injury

To illustrate, consider one of the most common workplace injuries: cuts to the hand. A 2008 government study1 found that wrist and hand injuries were the number one cause of work-related emergency hospital admissions in Australia, for example. The majority of those injuries were lacerations–or cuts–ranging from minor wounds to amputations.

Costs of Treatment, Insurance and Fines

Hands are complex structures, full of delicate bones and an intricate network of ligaments and muscles. Their remarkable makeup is why hands are capable of so many intricate tasks and also to blame for why healing can take a while and treatment can be expensive. Every time a worker sustains a cut, the associated costs start adding up. Even a small cut in the wrong place can do irreparable, life-changing damage to somebody’s hand.

These costs start in the emergency department, where bandages, stitches and even surgery may be necessary. After emergency care comes rehabilitation costs and compensation for time off work.

Insurance may cover the expenses, but you’ll pay the price in higher premiums. If your business has an insurance policy that minimizes premiums, such as a Large Deductible Workers Compensation policy, you’ll still have to reimburse all expenses out of pocket up to a very large deductible, frequently $100,000 to $1,000,0002. That’s the kind of surprise cost no one likes.

If you skimp on safety precautions like cut protection, you may also be looking at an OSHA fine. Keep in mind that these fines will be going up3 considerably in 2016. Don’t forget the intangible, but very real, price to your company’s reputation: violations stay on record for consideration in future citations and can affect whether you’ll be able to attract in-demand workers.

Last But Not Least: Lost Productivity

Aside from more obvious direct costs to the employer, a worker out of production will inevitably cost you in terms of reduced overall productivity. Sure, you can hire a replacement, but there are going to be costs associated with training. Even if you onboard a quick study, you’re guaranteed to lose some capacity. Keep in mind that a decrease of efficiency at one position has a butterfly effect; each injury affects other workers’ morale and productivity. Even if you don’t hire a replacement, you’ll likely have to adjust shifts, requiring extra labor or overtime costs.

Before finalizing your safety budget, make sure you account for the real price of injuries. When you include hospital fees, recuperation costs, time-off compensation, insurance costs, government fines, lost productivity, training for replacements and lowered morale, the picture becomes a lot clearer. Upfront costs like cut protection pale in comparison to the real price of injuries. Prevention, such as safety cutters and protective gear, coupled with a strong pro-safety message, is the smart choice for safety’s sake and your company’s bottom line.

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