Oil & Gas Glove & Hand Safety Initiative
By Laura Nardone
In May of 2008, MCR Safety and a worldwide leading Oil & Gas production company began collaborating on the development of a glove that would protect workers, reduce hand injuries and set an industry standard in providing hand safety specifically designed for the Petrochemical Industry. As a worldwide Oil & Gas producer, several different job functions and applications would need to be considered in developing an Oil & Gas glove. The company is known for their vast expertise and success in crude oil exploration and production and transportation of crude oil and refining and natural gas exploration.
The Consulting and Compliance team worked closely with MCR Safety Product Development Managers, National Account Managers, the Prospect’s Global Management Team and Global Safety & Health Advisors, and their field personnel to develop, trial and implement a mandate for the use of the MCR Safety HV100 Oil & Gas glove.
Two major obstacles were introducing the HV100 Oil & Gas Glove to the prospect’s Approved Contractors which performed services for the worldwide locations both on and offshore, the second was to identify the industrial distributors that were Approved Providers for the prospect.
The Prospect was instrumental in formulating documentation and notification to the Approved Contractors mandating the hand protection policies that would be required by compliance if contracted to perform services. MCR Safety C&C team members and National Account Managers collaborated to identify the Approved Providers and set pricing guidelines and terms for those selected MCR Safety authorized distributors.
Implementation of the Oil & Gas Glove and Hand Safety Initiative was implemented for all the Prospects worldwide locations as a mandate to comply with their Hand Safety Initiative on October 10, 2009.
The HV100 Oil & Gas glove was developed and introduced to meet the needs of primarily the petrochemical industry and was introduced to the industrial distribution channel in the Fall of 2009. Since the introduction of the HV100 Oil & Gas glove, several other models have been developed to meet further specifications, such as the HV200, Y200 and Y300 and the B100 models with some of these models now offer sizing up to 3X. The MCR Safety Force Flex series is gaining recognition throughout the industrial distribution channel and the market and is no longer exclusive to petrochemical industry applications.
At the recent 2010 NSC, the Prospect confirmed a 30% reduction in hand injuries specifically related to the HV100 glove and the 2009 Hand Safety Mandate and Glove Safety Initiative.
The HV100 continues to gain market share and acceptance from a wide array of end-users. This is not being used only for petroleum business.