Advancements in grip solutions

2019-04-17

After visiting several oilfields across the country, we determined that many worksite incidents in the oil and gas industry are due to grip issues. And with such a broad variety of liquids being handled, it’s no wonder - a poor grip can cause lower productivity, discomfort, tool slips, and injuries

But the most surprising thing we found is that many companies are still using outdated hand PPE like traditional dotted cotton gloves. These types of gloves may offer acceptable grip for saturated applications, but overall, they don’t provide adequate, comprehensive protection.

You can do better than cotton

HexArmor® has spent almost 20 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

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 worksite 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 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.
  • TP-X®: Found on the Rig Lizard® 2020 and the Rig Lizard® 2021X, 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® 2025X, 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 a great grip in dry and oily situations.

Find your grip - HexArmor® can help

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.

Are you using the proper oil and gas grip? Let us know if you need help - our Solution Specialists are ready to work with you. Call 1-877-MY ARMOR or send us a message.

Start an industrial trial program

Don’t forget to share this post!

You may also like:

Safety eyewear brochure
Brochure

Safety eyewear brochure

Paper mill experiences fog-free vision in their most challenging environment
Case study

Paper mill experiences fog-free vision in their most challenging environment

What TruShield® coating is right for you?
Blog post

What TruShield® coating is right for you?

Reduce workforce injuries to zero

Regardless of your industry, we’ve got the PPE expertise that can help boost compliance, optimize productivity, save money, and most importantly – reduce injuries. See how today.