Preventing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in the Medical Gas Industry
Carpal tunnel syndrome is one of the most pervasive on-the-job injuries across the U.S., and the compressed gas industry is no exception. Stemming from prolonged, repetitive movement, carpal tunnel syndrome is a progressive condition that worsens over time and can require surgical treatment, which can take two to three months to fully recover from.
The best way to prevent cylinder operators from developing the condition is to use the right tools for the right job. When it comes to medical cylinders, operators can quickly build up hand and wrist fatigue as they work through the days, weeks and months of cylinder maintenance. What starts as a minor ache can lead to a major problem, followed by a prolonged absence from work for treatment and recovery. The pneumatic medical valve tool cuts out the vibrations and hand-fatiguing use of ratchet wrenches that leads to hand injury and eventually carpal tunnel syndrome.
This inline tool features a preset torque that won’t snap the post valve and risk gas escaping, which is only adjustable with the accompanying special key. Because the tool’s air motor is lubricant and oil free, it won’t exhaust any lubricant onto medical cylinders and risk spontaneous combustion from the high pressure gas mixing with hydrocarbons. The valve tool is compatible with a ⅜” socket, and works nicely with our medical socket that fits both toggles and post valves.
The end result is increased productivity through faster rundowns than when using ratchet wrenches, and greatly reduced instances of carpal tunnel syndrome, which in turn increases productivity by keeping operators on the job.
- Faster rundowns than ratchet wrenches
- No vibration
- Improved operator ergonomics (no carpal tunnel syndrome risk)
- Increased productivity
- Engineered torque control
- Tool shutoff
- Both opening and closing
- Lubrication free air motor
- ⅜” socket compatible