Waste recycler May Gurney has issued super safety gloves to all waste handling staff after a four-week trial resulted in no injuries.
May Gurney have rolled out the TraffiSafe gloves, which have the highest resistance to abrasion, blades, tears and punctures on the market, to 1,500 staff nationwide.
Cuts to hands caused by knives, syringes, broken glass and sharp metal objects have accounted for a third of all minor accidents at May Gurney and it hopes the gloves will reduce this figure.
May Gurney Environmental Services health and safety manager Gary Fox said: During the trial there were no cuts reported at all, and were confident that well see a big reduction in this type of injury reported each year.
The gloves are produced in varying hand protection levels, which are colour-coded to be easily recognised. The level five protection gloves have been issued to all May Gurney staff working in waste collection, recycling, street cleansing areas and those managing household waste recycling centres.
Its the first time this level five type of product has become available, and it has enabled us to equip all our staff with maximum protection. Not only can cuts cause serious injuries, but they also cost the British economy millions of pounds each year, so we have a dual responsibility to analyse health and safety issues closely and put in place measures to minimise the risks.