The www.choosehandsafety.org website is provided at no cost to the user. It is intended as a guide to provide useful information on how to avoid hand injuries and skin disorders by selecting appropriate hand tools and gloves. Because of the constantly changing nature of materials, products, and tools used in the construction industry, it is up to the individual user or employer to make their own assessment of the effectiveness of hand tools, gloves and products for specific crafts and tasks. The website is not intended to provide a comprehensive listing of all hand tools, gloves, products, tasks and combinations thereof.

This website is continually under development.  The content may change without notice as CPWR - The Center for Construction Research and Training acquires additional information. CPWR is not responsible for errors or omissions on this website.

This project is funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) cooperative agreement U60 OH009762. Content on this website developed by CPWR is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of NIOSH.

Timeliness, Accuracy and Reliability

While CPWR will endeavor to keep the www.choosehandsafety.org website up-to-date and to correct any errors brought to its attention, it makes no warranties, representations, or guarantees regarding the timeliness, quality, or reliability of material found on this site. Information and advice provided on this site are compiled from sources CPWR believes are current, accurate, and reliable at the time of release on the Internet. Before relying on this information, however, users should make their own assessment as to its accuracy and relevance for their particular purposes.

Medical Information

Safety and health information contained in www.choosehandsafety.org is not intended to provide specific medical advice, but rather to provide users with a general understanding of the health problems that can result from exposures to various workplace hazards and types of preventive measures. CPWR urges you to consult with a qualified physician for diagnoses and for answers to personal medical questions.


Material provided on this site is intended for general informational use only. The information was compiled in 2013 and reflects best judgment based on the information available at that time. The appropriateness of a hand tool, glove, or product must be determined by the user. Users are responsible for making their own assessments of workplace hazards and for adapting information found on this site to their specific circumstances. CPWR assumes no responsibility for the suitability or adequacy of a user’s selection of gloves, hand tools, and products and their use for specific crafts and tasks.


CPWR does not endorse any specific tools, gloves, or products. References in this site to organizations, commercial products, processes or services by trade name, trademark, manufacturer or otherwise do not constitute or imply their endorsement or recommendation by CPWR. Views and opinions expressed on this website may not be used for advertising or product endorsement purposes.


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