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Nutrition Lab Enhances Safety & Efficiency

With Ultra lightweight Cut Resistant Gloves Made With Dyneema® Diamond Technology

Reliable protection, cleanliness, all day comfort, dexterity and reusability – these were the clear benefits that employees in DSM Nutritional Products’ (DNP) Columbia, Maryland R&D labs experienced when they took furthers steps to enhance safety with ultra lightweight cut protection gloves made with Dyneema® Diamond Technology.

The DSM connection

DSM Nutritional Products (DNP) and DSM Dyneema are both business groups within Royal DSM. DNP is a world-leading supplier of vitamins, carotenoids, and other nutritional solutions with three market-facing entities: Animal Nutrition & Health, Human Nutrition & Health, and Personal Care & Aroma Ingredients. In DNP’s Columbia, Maryland location, the organization has 120 employees, 70 of whom work in research in development labs, a work environment that presents some unique cut hazards.

Nitrile gloves not cutting it

Disposable nitrile and latex gloves protect hands from hazardous substances, but offer no cut protection. DNP wanted to take safety efforts even further by protecting workers from potential cut risks such as handling razors and ultra-thin vacuum glassware that's under pressure. Leadership made the decision to invest in cut resistant gloves fit for their lab setting.

A family affair

Shanta Myricks, the Safety, Health and Environmental (SHE) Professional at DNP was recommended to cut resistant gloves made with Dyneema®.

Shanta tried on a few sample gloves and immediately felt the difference. Noticeably, the difference in comfort and dexterity.

Shanta finally got in touch with DSM Dyneema licensee MCR Safety for a trial-run of the newest ultra lightweight cut resistant gloves made with Dyneema® Diamond Technology.

"Some gloves make you feel like a robot. But that’s not the case with the gloves made with Dyneema® Diamond Technology. They provide comfort, breathability and dexterity."

Trial and no error

Shanta recalled during the product trials in the labs. “When I brought the gloves made with Dyneema® Diamond Technology in, I didn’t have enough samples because everyone liked them so much,”

The most popular glove was MCR’s 9672DT2 made with Dyneema® Diamond Technology, this glove delivers an ANSI A2 (EN388 2016 level B) cut level, sufficient for daily cuts hazards faced in the lab.

“We first determined the appropriate protection level by evaluating and analyzing the current environment and potential hazards in the lab. Once this information was gathered, it was clear that MCR Safety’s 18 gauge glove made with Dyneema® Diamond Technology would be the best solution for overall risk reduction and productivity improvement.

The 9672DT2 provides all day comfort and an outstanding sense of touch to accomplish meticulous tasks with ease” said Chris Smith, Director of Marketing, MCR Safety

Since using gloves made with Dyneema® Diamond Technology, lab workers haven’t experienced a single cut or lost-time incident.

Benefits of ultra lightweight cut resistant gloves made with Dyneema® Diamond Technology

Designed specifically for high precision, high speed work, cut-resistant gloves made with Dyneema® Diamond Technology provides reliable cut protect from common cut hazards. They are also ultra thin and feels like a ‘second skin’, keeping hands cool and comfortable.

Gloves made with Dyneema® Diamond Technology are glass and basalt fiber free. Its fibers are FDA, REACH, and Oekotex compliant — an important factor in the nutritional lab setting where cleanliness and the exclusion of foreign materials are critical.

"These are our new go-to gloves."

In terms of breathability, the disposable nitrile gloves used previously would sweat and stick to employees’ hands, but the new gloves with Dyneema® Diamond Technology are much cooler and more comfortable. In addition, these new gloves enabled the lab workers to easily grip and handle small objects without feeling constricted. “Dexterity and breathability are big factors for working effectively in a lab setting. These are our new go-to gloves,” Shanta reiterated.

Last but not least, the disposable nitrile gloves had to be thrown away after each use, while gloves with Dyneema® Diamond Technology can be worn over and over again.

Creating the World’s Safest Hands

With gloves made from Dyneema® Diamond Technology, the world’s most advanced cut-resistant fiber, employees can work confidently without cuts. Gloves made with Dyneema® Diamond Technology deliver an unmatched combination of cut protection, dexterity, and comfort — ideal for professions requiring speed and precision. It’s just one more way DSM is helping to create the World’s Safest Hands.

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