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 Avient, 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.