9 Finger Rings

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Chapter 9
9.1. Finger Rings:

9.1.1. National statistics have revealed that finger injuries associated with rings is one of the most frequent category of lost-time permanent partial injuries. The loss of portions of fingers due to the ring catching on some object is the most frequent cause. Because of the potential for serious injury, finger rings will not be worn by personnel engaged in the following activities: NOTE: This restriction is also extended to personnel who may be assigned to these tasks on an infrequent basis. However, this prohibition applies only to personnel actually performing the work and is not intended for administrative and support personnel assigned to or visiting these areas. Climbing, ascending, or descending activities where personnel could fall or jump from

elevated surfaces account for the majority of injuries caused by the finger ring catching on an

object. Some examples include personnel working on elevated surfaces; i.e., ladders, scaffolds,

platforms, roofs, high reach vehicles, or descending from large vehicles. Most materials handling operations. Examples include warehousing, parts handling,

operating equipment, packing and crating, and attaching and detaching equipment to tow vehicles, etc. Any type of work where individuals are exposed to moving machinery, rotating or

revolving parts, or activities that could result in their hands being caught by a moving part causing any injury (for example, machine or equipment operators or inspectors). Any type of work or inspection where an individual is exposed to an energized electrical


9.1.2. It is not possible to list each situation or task where the wearing of rings has a high potential for injury. EH&S Department in cooperation with work place Supervisors will conduct workplace evaluations to identify tasks where the wearing of finger rings should be restricted. Once tasks are identified, the supervisor will include this information as part of the initial employee safety briefing. In some instances the supervisor may elect to determine that individuals will not wear rings while engaged in work activities in general, instead of identifying individual tasks. WARNING: Placing tape over rings or wearing gloves on the hand with a ring does not provide protection or eliminate the requirement to remove finger rings.

9.2. Other Jewelry. Any jewelry that presents a potential for catching, snagging, pulling, and tearing should be evaluated and restricted from wear. Some types of jewelry that should be controlled under these job situations are watches, bracelets, and necklaces. Metal eyeglasses should be secured by a band or cord to prevent them from falling into energized electrical circuits. Whenever possible, these types of jewelry should be removed before entering industrial work areas.

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