To protect employees from workplace cut hazards, STIHL Inc., producer of chain saws and other power tools, has selected the first safety glove to meet the requirements of EN 388 cut level 3 in 18-gauge thickness. This innovation is possible with a new advanced fiber technology that delivers the highest cut resistance for industrial safety gloves, combined with comfort and dexterity. This helps Stihl develop equipment that makes cuts when and where they are needed, while protecting employees’ hands from accidental cuts during manufacturing operations.
Made by Ansell, the new glove was developed in collaboration with DSM Dyneema and is based on Dyneema® Diamond Technology that delivers a yarn with about half the weight and thickness of those used in traditional HMPE gloves for a finer knitting structure.
The gloves have been in use for 12 months. Stihl says there has been a high level of acceptance among workers there, and fewer hand injuries have been reported.