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Wrist Supports

Wrist supports are an item of PPE that may not be considered; however, repetitive strain injury (RSI) is a condition that affects some workers and treatment can be problematic. It is therefore important to prevent it, and a wrist support does reduce the risk of such damage. A worker with a wrist injury may be in constant pain, and his or her job becomes difficult to do. The condition can be extremely debilitating, and an affected individual may need assistance with getting dressed or preparing meals; it will also prove difficult to drive to work. To find out more take a look at our buying guide.

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Choosing Hand And Wrist Supports

Those who are lifting or moving items on a regular basis might benefit from the use of a wrist support with a thumb wrap - this small sleeve straps around the wrist and thumb, giving additional support and helps avoid damage. These wrist wraps come in a number of different versions, including an ambidextrous version, so for a person who might need to use it on both wrists but at different times, the same support can be used for both. The wrist and thumb are covered but the fingers are not, so the supports are ideal for those who need to do picking and packing work, as it does not hinder the movement of the fingers at all.

Those who spend a lot of time working at a computer may find typing uncomfortable after a while, and this is often because of the angle of the arms and hands while working. A gel wrist support is a padded strip that can be placed in front of the keyboard to elevate the arms slightly while keeping the angle of the wrist steady, allowing for more comfortable typing. Typing is one of the activities that is most associated with RSI. The non-slip rest will not move around when you are working, and the filling is flexible, so it is comfortable to use.

A classic wrist support is simply a strap for the wrist. It does not have the thumb wrap section on it and is just designed to give the wrist more support when carrying out manual handling tasks. Wrist supports are also ideal for those who work outdoors as they can help to provide some protection against the cold. Those who suffer from conditions such as arthritis and rheumatism, which can be aggravated by cold weather, might also find this wrist support to be useful.

Velcro straps on the wrist supports are ideal for easy fit and removal when needed. The support is made from neoprene and is designed to last for a long period. Machine-washable, the supports are easy to care for, and they are a “one size fits all”, so there is no need to order different sizes for different staff members.

A comprehensive approach to PPE is easy to achieve when you realise a large number of products are available. Your staff can be protected from every risk and danger in the workplace, and all it takes is a little planning. Carry out regular risk assessments and you should soon see where you need to make provisions for the health and safety of your team. Wrist supports are just one option, but the benefits will outweigh any outlay allowing you to protect your team’s productivity as well as their health.