Why organizations shouldn’t sacrifice quality for price when it comes to hand protection

A LinkedIn article previously published by Chris Day, Senior Sales Manager, Consumer & Professional Protection.

In today’s economy, the uncertainty fueled by the COVID-19 pandemic has put a renewed emphasis on businesses to decrease costs while simultaneously increasing operational output. That can mean that organizations look at short term solutions to reduce expenditures and maintain profit margins, especially when it comes to investing in personal protective equipment, like cut resistant gloves.

However, in industries like manufacturing, automotive, food handling, packaging and others, sacrificing quality for price can have a larger negative impact on the bottom line. In fact, according to the National Safety Council, hand injuries can cost anywhere between $540 to $26,000 each. In the U.S. alone, that equates to an estimated 300,000 hand injuries per-year, which cost businesses an average of $740 million.

In an effort to drive down costs, many of the cheaper cut resistant gloves available on the market use generic HMPE fibers that don’t adhere to consistent quality and control standards – meaning that gloves can deteriorate over time and are too uncomfortable for all day wear.

While wearing appropriate hand protection should be mandatory, many workers remove their gloves if they prevent them from doing their job. Industry safety experts estimate 70% of all cuts and lacerations could be avoided if workers wore protective gloves.  

At DSM, safety is at the core of everything we do. And we believe hand safety starts with selecting the right protective material. Gloves made with Dyneema®, the world’s strongest fiber™, are built for all day wear – delivering unparalleled cut protection, dexterity and comfort. Unlike generic HMPE fibers, the entire Dyneema® product portfolio adheres to strict quality and control standards throughout the manufacturing process.

Gloves made with Dyneema® Diamond Technology benefit from a single yarn solution that is significantly lighter than conventional fibers; allowing glove manufacturers and safety brands to design medium-to-heavy-duty cut resistant gloves that don’t rely on the addition of glass, basalt or steel fiber reinforcements. The thinner, advanced fibers in the Dyneema® Diamond Technology platform are also built for increased abrasion resistance, durability and launderability – making Dyneema® one of the most cost-effective solutions when considering total cost of ownership.

DSM’s commitment to continual innovation at the fiber level allows worker safety and operational output to go hand-in hand. With Dyneema®, organizations can rest assured that the fiber inside their workers’ gloves is both reliable and certified safe – meaning gloves won’t deteriorate over time and are comfortable enough for all day wear. At the same time, workers benefit from the confidence that their gloves are manufactured for safety, so their hands and livelihood are protected.

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