Each year, over three billion needles are used outside of the traditional healthcare environment. This number dramatically rises when you consider untraceable needles used by illicit drug users that can be contaminated with the most deadly diseases such as HIV or Hepatitis. With an estimated 800,000 needlestick injuries occurring each year in industries such as medical waste management, healthcare, recycling, and laundry, there is a desperate need to protect employees from these potentially fatal hazards. Recycling plant workers who manually sort material passing by on conveyor belts are especially at risk.
Enter HexArmor — a manufacturer from Grand Rapids, Michigan that specializes in innovative cut, puncture, and needlestick resistant products in the PPE market. HexArmor’s unique technology was originally developed to solve the problem of needlesticks and scalpel sticks in operating rooms. However, the technology had adequate dexterity for other industrial safety applications.
The company took the initiative to develop a line of products unlike any other in the PPE industry, offering ISEA Level 5 cut resistance that also protects against punctures and needlesticks. The technology works by “trapping and blocking” the needle. Most needles strike a guard plate directly, resulting in the immediate arrest of the needle. If a needle hits a “gap”, it is “trapped” and then blocked by the layer below. The gap allows the material to bend and flex, which provides uncanny dexterity when used in PPE.
Products such as the Sharpsmaster™ 7080, PointGuard™ X 6044, and AG8TW arm guards offer the highest needlestick resistance on the market, while also holding an ISEA Level 5 cut resistance rating. Not only are the products highly needlestick resistant, but they are also incredibly lightweight and dexterous, unlike similar competitive products.