April 17, 2014

After visiting oilfields across the country, we determined that many incidents in the oil and gas industry are grip-related. And with such a broad variety of liquids being handled, it’s no wonder grip issues are a leading cause of injury. The poor grip can cause a number of worksite issues including lower productivity, discomfort, tool slips, and injuries. But the most surprising thing we found is that many companies are still using outdated hand PPE. Traditional dotted cotton gloves may offer acceptable grip for saturated applications, but overall they don’t provide comprehensive protection.

You Can Do Better than Cotton

HexArmor® has spent the last 10 years researching and developing new grip solutions for the oil and gas industry. Many safety managers and workers find it hard to stray from tradition, but there are gloves available today that provide specific grip for heavy fuel oils, medium oils, light oils, light distillates, and other friction reducers. These advancements have made it possible to have a glove that specifically fits your applications. It’s true that cotton effectively soaks up oil, but it then has to be thrown away, again, and again, and you end up wasting more money than you save. Additionally, cotton gloves offer no protection against impact, cuts or punctures. Why not find a glove with a longer lifespan that offers better protective qualities?

28 Days to Better Hand Safety

The resistance to change isn’t uncommon but when it comes to safety, progress needs to be experienced. Study after study has shown that it takes 28 days to develop a new habit. In that time you can change habits, increase safety, and potentially change lives.

If you think you’re up for the challenge, there are a few things to think about. Before choosing a glove, you need to analyze your work site and know what materials pose grip hazards. Once you know the hazards you can begin selecting gloves for trialing. By selecting a variety of gloves to trial, you have more options and have a higher chance of finding the right glove. At HexArmor® using end-user feedback, we have designed a variety of oilfield-specific grip solutions including:

Mud Grip™: Found on the GGT5® 4021X, Mud Grip™ wicks away lubricant, leaving particles that create friction and improve grip on metal tools.

Gator Grip: Found on the GGT5® 4020X. Specialized Gator Grip gloves use SuperFabric® brand material guard plates to bite through and channel away lubricants.

TP-X®: Found on the Rig Lizard® 2021 and the Rig Lizard® 2023, TP-X® works well with the use of oils and fluids. The surface does not absorb wetness, so grip is maintained in the presence of lubricating materials.

TP-X+®: Found on the Rig Lizard® 2025, TP-X+® is a more robust, heavy-duty version of TP-X®. It provides better cut, puncture and abrasion resistance, and increased grip. Raised texture creates channels or grooves in the material.

Sandy Nitrile Palm Dip: Found on the Rig Lizard® 2090X. This dip provides a high level of abrasion resistance, and the sandy nitrile texture offers great grip in dry and oily situations.

By creating these advanced grip options, we can supply our customers with products that continue to push the limits of protection. Take the leap, change your mentality, and set new standards for your work site.

If you still have questions about our oil and gas grip solutions please contact us.