by Bob Niklewicz PT MG.
As an Ergonomic Consultant, I have gone to businesses with many hand dexterity-dependent tasks such as construction sites, wineries, assembly and high-tech clean rooms. Almost without exception, there are hazards or situations that require gloves. Gloves protect workers from abrasions, chemicals, pathogens and thermal hazards. Being a gardener also falls into the jobs that require gloves.
Working in soil as well as in dirt, a person may come in contact with sinister stuff that is not visibly evident. For example, did you know that soil can contain tetanus, anthrax, staph aureus, e. coli, listeria, strep, botulism, fungi and animal deposits or remains. Granted these are not all common in everyone's soil, but they could be, so but why take a chance? The portals of entry for these undesirables include puncture wounds, abrasions, cuts, existing skin lesions, inhalation and digestion.
What kind of medium do we put our hands on when in the garden? Wet-muddy, dry-hard, rocks-gravel and thorny-woody stuff plus the risk from vibration generated by many things you hold that have a motor attached to them.
Dry-Hard soil can be managed by dense material gloves made of leather to protect you from abrasions and sharp edges. Photo 2.
If you do not have gauntlet gloves you can get leather wrap-arounds for your forearms that fit into standard leather gloves. Photo 6.
Napa Master Gardeners are available to answer garden questions by email: email@example.com. or phone at 707-253-4143. Volunteers will get back to you after they research answers to your questions.
Visit our website: napamg.ucanr.edu to find answers to all of your horticultural questions.
Photo credits: Bob Niklewicz
Information links: UC Berkeley.edu https://greenthumbs.cedwvu.org/media/1165/ergonomic.pdf
- Author: Pamela Kan-Rice
The University of California Office of the President invites comments on a proposed Presidential Policy UC-PS-20-0489-BUS-43 Purchases of Goods and Services; Supply Chain Management. The policy is proposed to be revised and includes the following key issues:
- Respond to feedback from the previous systemwide review. During the 2021 systemwide review of BUS-43, multiple commenters noted that BUS-43 was difficult to understand, and the language didn't match best practices for Presidential Policies. As a result, BUS-43 has been rewritten using natural language rather than jargon whenever possible.
- Address inconsistencies and formatting errors. The last full review of BUS-43 was in 2012, and over time subsequent revisions introduced formatting errors such as incorrectly numbered sections and inconsistent styles within each section. This revision corrects those errors and applies a consistent style throughout the policy. This revision also updates BUS-43 to match current Presidential Policy guidelines.
- Clarify what policy does and does not allow. BUS-43 currently uses “should” and “should not” in policy requirements. This has caused confusion in determining what are policy requirements vs what is recommended or allowable. The BUS-43 revision clarifies what are policy requirements (“must” or “must not” do), what is or isn't allowed (“may” or “may not” do), and what is recommended as best practice for procurement at the University of California.
NOTE: The revision does not change the intent or requirements of BUS-43. The new language is designed to help faculty, students, and staff understand what the policy requirements are.
- Separate policy from procedure. BUS-43 currently contains both policy and procedures for Procurement. The procedures are not required policy, and therefore don't belong as part of BUS-43. The BUS-43 revision contains just the policy and required procedures. The remaining procedures will be moved to the Systemwide Procurement portal as guidelines for faculty, students, and staff who participate in the procurement process at the University of California.
The final draft of the policy can be viewed at https://ucanr.edu/sites/PCPA/Revisions/
If you have any questions or if you wish to comment, please contact Robin Sanchez at firstname.lastname@example.org, no later than April 21, 2023. Please indicate “BUS-43 Policy” in the subject line.