Rethinking Hand Safety

Joe Geng

Around the globe, hand injuries are the number one preventable industrial accident—in manufacturing, construction, oil & gas, you name it. But what actually works to protect workers’ hands? What kind of training actually gets through? What causes a worker to act safely (or not) in the moment? Which stats are meaningful and which are useless? What infrastructure changes and PPE (personal protective equipment) decisions actually pay off? How do cultural issues play in? How have others reduced hand injuries by 50, even 90 percent?

In Rethinking Hand Safety, author Joe Geng takes the tough questions to major companies, leading safety experts, veteran safety managers, industrial psychologists, independent trainers, glove designers, and on-the-line workers. The result is an eye-opening, perspective-shifting, hard-hitting manual for changing a company culture, altering worker attitudes, and finally doing hand safety right.

This book is a must-read for safety managers, or anyone who wants to create a safer, better workplace.

Press & Praise

Hugh Hoagland, senior arc flash consultant, ArcWear and e-Hazard

"Joe and the Superior Glove family have been leaders in many fields in glove design, manufacture, and research. One of the first companies to give gloves an arc rating for CSA Z462 and NFPA 70E Superior continues to lead the charge in hand protection development. Whether you choose Superior or another glove manufacturer, this book should be an excellent guide on what to look for in glove characteristics to provide protection for your workers. Read, learn and apply. You and your workers will be glad you did."

Jerry Laws, 1995-2019 editor, Occupational Health & Safety magazine

"In our working lives, we all share this: We've been injured. Small or large, those injuries--lacerations, burns, falls, collisions, and more--stay with us, either remembered or because of permanent damage done.

Many workers around the worker are routinely exposed to serious hazards. Their managers and employers must do much better, and this excellent book from Joe Geng shows the way. Read it to learn invaluable lessons for eliminating complacency, small thinking, blindness to cumulative risk, and one-way training--and also for creating a world-class safety culture with ZERO injuries."

Timothy Ludwig, author of Dysfunctional Practices: that kill your Safety Culture

"Who would have thought that hand safety needed to be rethought? Joe Geng offers a deep dive into consistent practices we can all adopt to protect the most important tools our employees bring to work."

Joe Geng

Joe Geng grew up among the tanneries of Canada helping his father make gloves, and he has spent his entire life studying industrial hand safety, overseeing glove R&D, and consulting with leading companies like Toyota, Honda, SpaceX, General Motors, Bombardier Aircraft, and Shell Oil. He presently acts as vice president at Superior Glove, the Geng family business considered one of the world’s most innovative and disruptive glove manufacturers. Superior is a major global supplier to aerospace, automotive, oil & gas, and construction companies, and has been named one of Canada’s best-managed companies seven years in a row by Deloitte. Joe holds degrees from Trinity Western University and attended Reutlingen leather school in Germany, which he describes as the “Hogwarts of leather making.” He lives in Oakville, Ontario, with his wife and three kids.

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