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Team members from CarillionWSP have helped develop a range of Polyco gloves in wet, dry and oily conditions, all in the aid of increasing

safety levels while in the workplace. Product development in the health and safety industry is a two-way street. While manufacturers are busy developing new designs to bring to market, it’s the influence of the end user that educates the manufacturer and keep the market moving forward and improving safety. One example of this type of partnership driving the launch of a new product is the relationship between Carillion WSP and Polyco. Construction company CarillionWSP takes the safety of its workers very seriously, and recently worked closely with Polyco, the UK’s market leader in designing, developing and supplying high-quality hand protection to identify a glove that provides the best protection whilst maintaining dexterity and grip.

CarillionWSP was invited to Polyco’s headquarters in Enfield, North London, where they undertook trials of various gloves, explaining and highlighting the issues they were encountering. The trials helped to identify a safety glove that would suit the conditions faced by road workers in their day-to-day activities.

Due to the wide variety and number of gloves on offer from Polyco, the best option was for CarillionWSP to trial various forms of safety gloves. One of CarillionWSP’s Impact Protection Vehicles was brought to the Polyco headquarters, where they


demonstrated the issues workers had when setting out cones and signs on the roads. This enabled Polyco to gain a clearer idea of the type of glove needed by the company. New prototypes and variants of gloves used in other industries, including a glove used by utility companies that provided extra grip, were also tested. After trialling more than 20 pairs of gloves, it was agreed that the new Grip It Oil glove offered the best grip in the various conditions, along with good abrasion resistance, durability and a long life expectancy.


With a large proportion of CarillionWSP’s road workers laying out cones, signs and barriers on some of the UK’s busiest All Purpose Trunk Roads (ATPRs), their hand protection needs to be up to the task. The workers were experiencing a loss of grip with their existing gloves and it became clear they needed to find a glove that would suit working in wet, dry and oily conditions.

In August 2013, a health and safety briefing issued by the Highways Agency highlighted that more than a third of all accidents reported by road workers each year are associated with manual handling. The most common type of injury is to hands and fingers, with many of these injuries leading to lost time. To avoid hand injuries, the Highways Agency recommends carrying out a risk assessment that identifies the minimum performance level required and engages with road workers to ensure the gloves work for them.

Grip It Oil from Polyco is a seamless knitted nylon lined glove with two layers of nitrile coating that maximises the handling ability in both wet and dry conditions. The first layer is a flat nitrile coating providing a liquid barrier, the second layer features a foamed nitrile coating on the palm that not only increases resistance to oils but has been engineered to provide maximum grip.

CarillionWSP ended up with the right protection, whilst Polyco came away with a valuable insight into the lives of their customers, proving that you can still teach a teacher.

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