How Signet’s Own Safety Gloves reduced our TRIFR by 7.66 over the past 12 months

95% of organisations experience hand injuries and one in five workplace injuries occur to the hands, according to the Ansell 2017 Hand Safety Report. Many hand injuries take weeks or even months to heal, requiring medical treatment – and they are usually preventable.

Recently Signet adopted a new Integrated Management system, Skytrust. This system allows us to report on leading measures and get on top of safety, meaning we can identify and eliminate hazards before they become statistics. Skytrust has also helped identify several preventable hand injuries, leading us to launch the “War on Hands”.

Not all hazards can be eliminated entirely, but that doesn’t mean injuries are unavoidable.

We had one recent incident where a manufacturing team member placed a hand under some machinery to pick up dropped equipment. He cut his hand on an unseen hazard and required 12 stitches – and his gloves were on a clip on his belt.

We’ve always had gloves available, but recently we’ve focused on correct usage and requirements for when to wear gloves. Suitable gloves are now available at work stations and all staff have access to Signet’s Own safety gloves regardless of their role.

 

Looking back at the stats, Ryan Bowen, Signet’s National Health, Safety and Environment Manager believes of the six recent hand-related medically-treated injuries (MTIs), all would have been prevented if the employee were wearing gloves.

“If we’d launched the War on Hands in February this year, we would have greatly reduced our MTI statistics,” he says.

“Since the ‘War on Gloves’ launch, we’ve had no incidents in three months.”

Overall Signet’s safety has improved greatly over the past year – with our total recordable injury frequency rate (TRIFR) going from 21.31 to 12.08. This would be much lower still without the hand injuries.

In the manufacturing world, even a relatively minor hand injury can land a team member out of action for weeks. That’s not a risk we want to take.

Your organisation’s future is in your hands, so take care of them.