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Subchapter 7. General Industry Safety Orders
Group 2. Safe Practices and Personal Protection
Article 10. Personal Safety Devices and Safeguards

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§3384. Hand Protection.

(a) Hand protection shall be required for employees whose work involves unusual and excessive exposure of hands to cuts, burns, harmful physical or chemical agents or radioactive materials which are encountered and capable of causing injury or impairments.

(b) Hand protection, such as gloves, shall not be worn where there is a danger of the hand protection becoming entangled in moving machinery or materials.

EXCEPTION: Machinery or equipment provided with a momentary contact device as defined in Section 3941.

NOTE: 1. As used in subsection (b) the term entangled refers to hand protection (gloves) being caught and pulled into the danger zone of machinery/equipment. Use of hand protection around smooth surfaced rotating equipment does not constitute an entanglement hazard if it is unlikely that the hand protection will be drawn into the danger zone.

NOTE: 2. Wrist watches, rings, or other jewelry should not be worn while working with or around machinery with moving parts in which such objects may be caught, or around electrically energized equipment.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 142.3, Labor Code. Reference: Section 142.3, Labor Code.


1. Repealer and new section filed 9-6-79; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 79, No. 36).

2. Amendment filed 1-14-88 operative 2-13-88 (Register 88, No.4)

3. Amendment of subsection (b) filed 7-8-93; operative 8-9-93 (Register 93, No. 28).

4. Change without regulatory effect amending Exception and Note, including redesignation of section 3386 to Note 2, filed 1-12-94; operative 2-11-94 (Register 94, No. 2).

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