Controls for Hand Work and Gripping

  • Provide tools that allow workers to grip the tool using a power grip. 
  • Eliminate the use of pinch or key grips as much as possible. 
  • Choose tools that have triggers that allow for the use of multiple fingers rather than one finger or a thumb. 
  • Choose tools that can be used with the wrist straight. 
  • Choose tools with vibration-reducing features. 
  • Choose tools that are lighter and designed to reduce hand torque and kickback. • Ensure the tool is balanced and does not require static muscular effort to hold it in position.
  • Ensure the handle of a tool does not create pressure points in the palm of the hand. 
  • Use tools with handles that fit the hand. For example, use a smooth, cushioned hand grip rather than one with hard ridges that space the fingers.
  • Provide rubber or sponge-type grips on tool handles.
  • Provide tools that can be safely used by either left-handed or right-handed workers.
  • Maintain tools regularly.
  • Inspect tools regularly. Ensure worn or damaged tools are fixed or replaced.
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