The real world hazards that pose threats to workers every day can come in unexpected forms – and punctures are no exception. Many times, puncture injuries to the hand and arm are actually mistaken for cuts due to the fact that most lacerations begin as a puncture. This in itself can make punctures hard to defend against. However, a slice and a poke are very different hazards and require different PPE.

Real-world performance is another consideration when protecting against puncture hazards. Creating PPE that performs well in lab testing but fails to protect in jobsite applications can give a product impressive stats, but can cause serious injuries and hurt a customer’s TRIR numbers. Knowing the strengths and weaknesses of your PPE can lead to a more efficient safety program and a healthier, happier workforce. Given that puncture resistant materials are evolving, it’s important to understand the specific types and levels of protection in which you are investing.

Download our guide on different puncture resistant materials and how they are tested to help protect again real world puncture hazards.

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