October 23, 2014

When temperatures drop, it’s common for safety records to take an unexpected nose dive.

If unprepared for cold weather, workers in cold climates are susceptible to skin rashes, frostnip, frostbite, loss of motor skills, and hypothermia; which can lead to more serious injuries like loss of extremities.

One of the most common cold weather hazards is a loss of feeling in workers’ hands which can result in more instances of dropped tools, smashes, slices and pinches.

If workers are in a wet and cold environment, it increases the chances of cold weather injuries even more - water pulls heat away from the body 25 times faster than air, making wet hands more susceptible to freezing.

Not to mention the loss of productivity and downturn in worker morale when working in cold conditions. It’s not pleasant, productive, or safe for anyone to work outside and handle equipment or tools when they can’t feel their fingers.

This is where having the proper cold weather PPE comes into play.

HexArmor® offers a full line of cold weather work gloves so you can stay safe this winter.

For cool temps, check out the Helix® 2077, which features a seamless 13-gauge acrylic and fiberglass blend shell with an interior fleece lining and sandy-nitrile palm coating, or the Thin Lizzie™ Thermal 2091, which combines our most popular knit with impact glove, the Thin Lizzie™ 2090, with an interior fleece lining for comfort and insulation.

When the temperature drops further, try one of our gloves that feature C40 Thinsulate™ and our H2X® waterproof liner: The Rig Lizard® Arctic 2023, with a specialized TP-X® palm grip. The Chrome Series® Arctic Leather 4082 with ANSI/ISEA level A8 cut resistance and the Chrome Series® Arctic 4086 with ANSI/ISEA level A8 cut resistance and hi-vis back-of-hand impact protection both also feature a C40 Thinsulate™ liner.

Need something warmer? Our two Rig Lizard® Arctic gloves – the TP-X®+ Palm 2026 and Leather Palm 2033 – both use C100 Thinsulate™ and our waterproof H2X® liner.

For even colder conditions, try the Arctic Mitt 4050 that features a waterproof and breathable Hipora® liner and G150 Thinsulate™, which provides warmer properties than the popular C200 Thinsulate™ by up to 10%. The Arctic Mitt 4050 cold weather work glove also includes a removable interior mitt for easy cleaning.

When you prepare properly for the cold weather, you’re more likely to keep the safety record slate clear during the winter months. Avoid the increase in injuries and keep productivity and worker morale high.

Interested in learning more about HexArmor’s cold weather products? Contact a Safety Solutions Specialist today to discuss your cold weather hand safety needs.