“Morale doubled overnight” with HexArmor’s glove options | Valmet

“Morale doubled overnight” with HexArmor’s glove options | Valmet

Valmet, a leading global developer and supplier of process technologies, automation, and services for the pulp, paper, and energy industries, needed to change up the hand protection at one of their locations. See how HexArmor® helped get their workers into the right gloves that increased compliance and morale.

The issue

Matt, a Regional Health, Safety, and Environmental Manager at Valmet, reached out to HexArmor® with several hand safety issues that needed addressing. The need for proper hand protection was a major concern, as each department had specific glove needs.

  • In the blade department, sharp blades are handled by operators throughout the day, so a durable glove with proper cut protection was needed.
  • In general use areas, a glove was needed that would provide puncture resistance as well as cut.
  • In the building department, a glove was needed that would provide puncture, cut, and impact protection while handling power tools and sharp objects.

The solution

With HexArmor’s help, several PPE options were chosen to trial, and the company was able to find the protection they needed per application.

The Helix® 3050, the Helix® 2068X, and the Chrome SLT® 4060 gloves were chosen with options that provided complete protection against cuts, punctures, abrasions, and impacts, depending on the application.

Helix® 3050 safety glove

During the trial, each glove style was able to be used for over a month with no rips, tears, or issues of any kind – lasting and holding up much longer than their previous pair.

 Helix® 2068X safety glove

For gloves, Matt said, “It didn’t take long to find the perfect pairs thanks to the amazing HexArmor team and their knowledge!”

chrome slt 4060 with level 2 impact and level a5 cut resistance

The result

Increased morale – Before HexArmor,® employees didn’t feel like management cared enough to get quality PPE. Matt said, “Once we introduced this PPE to the facility, the morale doubled overnight. Everyone wanted a new pair of gloves because they knew they would protect them, even office personnel. We were having lacerations weekly until we switched to HA gloves, we haven’t had one since (4 months).”

Cost savings – With HexArmor,® employees kept the same pair of gloves longer, reducing the cost compared to purchasing cheaper PPE.

Increased compliance – Before HexArmor,® workers had to be constantly reminded to wear the provided PPE. Now, Matt says, “We don’t have to remind them now. They enjoy wearing it.”

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