It’s in Your Hands: Preventing Hand Diseases and Injuries among Artists and Art Students
The human hand is a marvel of design, construction and operation. It is subject to damage by chemicals, physical and mechanical forces. There are 29 bones, 3 major nerves and 2,500 nerve endings per square centimeter of skin on the hand. This allows for fine motor control by the fingers and thumb. The circulation of the blood through the capillaries and vessels in the three layers of the skin: the epidermis, dermis and hypodermis allow toxic chemicals that penetrate through these skin layers to be carried throughout the body.
The most common skin diseases are primary dermatitis and allergic contact dermatitis and generally result from chemical exposure of the skin. Lacerations, punctures, heat burns and electrical burns are injuries that result from physical and mechanical forces in contact with the hand.
The primary method to protect the hands is by the use of the correct gloves.