Fuel pumps are used regularly by motorists and precaution is being urged to help slow the spread of the coronavirus disease. However a new product being installed across thousands of fuel stations around the world could ensure motorists saty extra safe when visiting a forecourt.
GripHero’s hand protection dispenser claims they have seen a four fold increase in sales since the outbreak began.
The hand protection tool is currently being supplied to over 2,000 forecourts across the world since lockdown measures came into effect.
Griphero claims their hand protectors offer the highest grade of impermeability possible in a bid to protect motorists.
Those behind the project saysd the protectors have less weak areas which lowers the risk of them breaking while in use.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, a spokesperson for the firm said: “GripHero hand-protectors are made from the highest-tensile grade of HDPE.
“For its lightweight thickness, it provides the highest strength and impermeability possible to germs, bacteria and viruses.
“Compared to standard gloves, GripHero protectors have far less weak points, meaning there is far less chance of fingers breaking through the material as is often seen with disposable gloves.”
GripHero claims the products are certified for use in fuel filling areas and potentially explosive atmospheres due to their combustibility rating.
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This will protect motorists more than any other hand protection in the event of a fuel spillage or flammable emergency.
Teams behind the patented product confirm they have doubled production levels to satisfy the sudden demand in sales since the outbreak began.
A spokesperson told Express.co.uk: “Since the outbreak, we have seen a four fold increase in demand and have supplied over 2,000 forecourts around the world since the UK Government’s announcement of the lock-down.
“GripHero have already doubled production capacity to satisfy demand, with further expansion planned.”
Fuel stations which have the new product will have gloves located on every fuel nozzle to offer protection as soon as a motorist is ready to fill up.
The company says this helps standardised protection levels at petrol stations rather than installing randomly placed glove dispensers.
The Irish petroleum Industry (IPI) has claimed motorists were not more likely to catch germs from fuel handles than other surfaces.
However, the group has urged road users to wash their hands after using the pumps or to wear gloves to minimise the risk.
Public Health England have also urged motorists to wear gloves while filling up their car at a petrol station.
Petrol station glove dispensers had become a target for thieves at the start of the outbreak as panic buying led to a shortage of healthcare items.
The panic left experts to warn motorists they should leave enough supplies for other motorists to use.
Fuel prices have dramatically fallen due to the coronavirus outbreak with petrol 20p per litre lower than at the end of January.
Government data shows petrol prices fell for their 14th consecutive week to 107.56p per litre on average.
Diesel costs have also tumbled with prices down from 132.88p at the end of January to 114.94p per litre.
Published at Tue, 05 May 2020 13:43:00 +0000