Here’s some food for thought:
Each hand is made up of 29 major joints, 29 major and minor bones, 34 muscles which move the fingers and thumb, 48 nerves, 30 named arteries and at least 123 named ligaments.
With the complexity of hands, it’s important to take a few simple steps to protect those assets.
Ergonomic tools protect wrists and hands from injury and even fatigue. Other benefits of ergonomic tools include:
- Increase efficiency…complete the task with less effort or less time
- Boost capabilities…do things traditional tools wont let you accomplish
- Benefit from natural wrist position
- Reduce the chances of a repetitive stress injury such as carpal tunnel
Wiha recently came out with a few insulated tools which are ergonomic with a specialized handle and the head is mounted at a 23°offset angle. The Wiha Inomic tools are available in diagonal cutters, long nose pliers and combination pliers. All three allow you to work with your hand in a natural position.
Gloves such as ESD-safe nitrile gloves protect product but gloves also protect hands from cuts, chemicals, hot circuit boards and other hazards.
Vinyl, latex and nitrile typically offer some sort of ESD protection so they’re often used for working with static sensitive devices. These gloves are thin enough for the almost bare hand dexterity needed for detailed board work. Vinyl, latex and nitrile gloves can also be found in the medical field and other applications where the hands need protection from non-hazardous liquids, bacteria, etc…
Cotton gloves protect against snags and abrasions and can also keep hands warm if the gloves stay dry. Cotton gloves can be lightweight for sensitivity or heavy enough to protect hands from hot circuit boards.
Neoprene gloves protect against chemical burns/corrosion as well as abrasions and cuts.
There are countless other options for glove materials; technology continues to make gloves tougher but thinner, more comfortable and more effective, higher quality but less expensive, etc…
To get the best protection, make sure you choose the right glove for the application.