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Did you know that the average workplace desk can be a 100 times less hygienic than your average kitchen table and more than 400 times dirtier than a toilet seat? Taking these shocking statistics into consideration it is no wonder that working individuals are exceedingly prone to illness. Productivity losses due to absenteeism cost employers as much as $22.8 billion annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Why is hand safety so important? Almost every profession requires healthy hands; without them, most workers simply can’t work. Unfortunately, lacerations and overuse injuries in the hands, wrists, and forearms are some of the most common injuries in the workplace. Such injuries can sideline a worker for days, weeks, or even permanently. They can result in surgery or prolonged physical therapy. They are expensive, and, let’s face it, injuries hurt! The good news: these occurrences are largely preventable.