As farmers and ranchers, our livelihoods are made with our hands. In order to protect ourselves and our livelihoods, we must take care of our hands. DuPont Safety & Construction is creating innovation in order to do just that. They announced the winners of the fifth-annual DuPont Kevlar Glove Innovation Awards. The awards spotlight excellence in innovative glove and sleeve designs from DuPont Kevlar licensees who push the limits of what’s possible to make work gloves and sleeves more durable and protective.
Innovation in this area is critical to worker safety. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the hand is the leading body part injured at work and treated in hospital emergency departments, with hand injuries sending more than 1 million workers to the emergency room annually in the United States.
“The Kevlar team is constantly working with our partners to use our advanced materials in the creation of new innovative gloves that provide the best protection for wearer’s hands while also enhancing comfort, dexterity and productivity,” said John Richard, Vice President and General Manager, DuPont Kevlar and Nomex. “Wearers reduce the relative risk of hand injury by 60 percent by wearing proper gloves. Working with our partners, we’re crafting advanced hand protection that people want to wear in the modern manufacturing and industrial environment.”
Winning entries were chosen based on designs that utilized Kevlar fiber in the glove and sleeve construction, were unique and groundbreaking in their approach, and challenged the boundaries of conventional cut protection. Entries were judged on a set of criteria based on excellence in the areas of innovation and benefits to the wearer including enhanced protection, increased dexterity, comfort and durability – all critical to safety and performance in the toughest industrial environments.
This year’s award winners, announced during a special reception at the 2018 National Safety Council Congress & Expo in Houston, Texas, include
- Majestic for its 31-1365, a lightweight glove designed with Kevlar for high cut resistance, comfort and dexterity. This new combination of materials created a comfortable, breathable, lightweight cut-resistant glove that has a palm coating that can be utilized for touch screens.
- MCR Safety for its 93892NF, MCR Safety Cut Pro Series containing Kevlar combined with steel/synthetic materials to achieve an A9 cut level. This new combination of materials offered the highest level of protection for steel fabrication applications.
- MCR Safety for its 9178OT, 9178O, 9174O, 9174OT, cut level ANSI A5 sleeve featuring 100 percent patent-protected, high visibility orange DuPont Kevlar engineered yarn. This is the first sleeve available in Cut Level A5 in a high-visibility orange yarn made of Kevlar.
- Protective Industrial Products, for its 10-KVSYBH series, Single-Ply Kevlar Armor Blended Sleeve comprised of the DuPont Kevlar 14/2’s yellow/black heather yarn. This combination achieves ANSI A6 cut protection with a blousy fit that can be used over arms or clothing.
- Superior Glove Works, for its S18KGDNE Dexterity cut-resistant glove made with 18 g Kevlar composite filament fiber shell of protection that is the world’s thinnest, most comfortable arc flash level 3 rated glove.
- Youngstown Glove Co., for its 16-5200-14 glove protector, a flame resistant 14″ High Voltage Leather Protector with Kevlar. Using a unique process where Kevlar is attached to the leather prior to cutting and sewing.
DuPont Kevlar aramid fiber is used to make a variety of clothing, accessories and equipment safe and cut resistant. It’s lightweight, durable, and extraordinarily strong. Invented over 50 years ago, DuPont Kevlar continues to take on new challenges, with our scientists continuously innovating and working on a range of new opportunities through collaborations with communities, industrial manufacturers and governments. Together we’re bringing the strength, durability and performance of Kevlar to new frontiers.