View Full Version : Health & Safety - gloves policy

09-10-2009, 04:15 PM
Some of the major UK contractors have resorted to making all their site operatives wear safety gloves. I personally hate the bloody things and find I cant cut the tape with the taping tool as my hands slipped whenever I tried to use them in the past.

Has anyone came across this policy on larger sites because I haven't seen this on any smaller contracts yet. Surely it must be difficult to enforce and are there any facts and figures to suggest it has reduced injuries to the workforce?

Any guesses how long it will be before nobody is allowed to work on a site unless they're in a sterile, sealed, tear proof suit with its own oxygen supply? Its hard enough to generate any type of cashflow on site just now before putting any more obstacles in our way. I wish these H&S jobsworths would just f*ck off and let us work in peace.:mad:

09-10-2009, 06:20 PM
I guess it all depends on what type of glove your wearing, I spent 3 months on a government job last year where H&S was very strict where hard hat/hi-vis/gloves/goggles and steel soled/toe capped boots had to be worn at all times, the gloves were the easiest thing to get used to, I had to chuckle though as the boarders could wear fingerless gloves and the fact it stated everywhere 'you must wear gloves sutiable for your job' funnily enough I couldn't find any chainmail gloves to protect my hands from my trowel edge ;)

13-11-2009, 05:28 PM
the job we are on now is all health and safety gone mad,cant even use steps without going to get a permit from the agent first,and they work a two card system you get caught not doing it by their rules you get a yellow card next time you get a red card and your off site and not allowed back on any of their sites, the world has gone crazy

secret squirrel
28-12-2009, 05:56 PM
I found most people get used to them, and when they do you have loads of people complaining when you run out of them.

28-12-2009, 07:15 PM
I don't mind wearing gloves, the thin ones that is. You need to feel what you are doing, esp when fixing flex tapes etc.

28-12-2009, 10:39 PM
I started wearing gloves out of choice long before it became mandatory. I prefer working in gloves.