The Right Glove for the Job


Disposable gloves are used for a multitude of purposes, from food preparation to medical to automotive. However, it’s important to know which type of gloves are best suited for your intended purpose. Here’s a look at the main types of gloves and their uses:

Latex
Latex gloves offer the best fit and dexterity, which is why  these gloves are more comfortable for longer wear. Outside of the medical and dental fields, latex gloves are commonly used for janitorial work, beauty services, child care, safe chemical handling, plumbing and painting.

Nitrile
Currently, 80 percent of the disposable gloves in the automotive field are nitrile because they offer superior puncture resistance and barrier protection against a variety of harsh chemicals. Nitrile gloves are also becoming more popular in the medical and dental fields because of the growing prevalence of latex sensitivities. Nitrile gloves conform to the hands during wear for comfortable fit, and they are highly resistant to a variety of chemicals. Industrial and medical grade nitrile gloves come in a range of different colors, which may be functional as well as eye-catching. For example, orange industrial-grade nitrile gloves help workers be more aware of their hands when working in dark environments.

Vinyl
As more food service and processing workers use gloves during preparation, vinyl glove usage is taking off. Vinyl gloves contain no latex, have a smooth surface and have a looser fit than nitrile or latex gloves although they still conform to the hands. These gloves are also used in other industries, including medical and janitorial-sanitation.

Poly
Poly gloves are perfect for food preparation and handling because of their loose fit, which makes it easier for employees to remove the gloves for more frequent glove changes. Stretch poly gloves have a more enhanced grip and are easier to don.

 

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Gear up for Safety Month with AMMEX!


June is National Safety Month and AMMEX has you covered to get a grip on safety. Protect those hard working hands with our suite of heavy duty and premium disposable gloves. Our Gloveworks Orange Nitrile Gloves provide superior durability with a unique, high visibility orange color. This raised diamond texture provides for an excellent grip in wet or dry conditions. At the end of the day it is all about the better performance, better protection, and better safety.

Next up, our GloveWorks HD Latex Gloves are perfect for your toughest jobs. Twice as thick as standard latex gloves, they still provide the dexterity and sensitivity that you expect. With enhanced puncture resistance, each glove has a longer duration of use so you don’t have to switch gloves as often. Not to mention, you can’t deny the comfortable fit and feel of a latex glove.

Another latex pick for Safety Month are the GlovePlus HD Blue Latex Exam Gloves. These heavy duty industrial grade gloves are almost four times thicker than standard gloves with an extended cuff for added protection. They are great for high risk and chemical applications and feature enhanced comfort and dexterity. Not only that, they are more elastic than nitrile and have better puncture and tear resistance due to their added thickness.

Steer clear of latex allergies with the Gloveworks HD Nitrile Exam Gloves. These HD gloves are highly resistant to most common chemicals and a number of specialty chemicals. Their chemical resistance is supported by the thickness, which is twice as much as standard gloves, and an extended cuff for extra protection. This exam grade glove is suitable for both industrial and medical purposes.

Our final glove pick for the Month of June is the glove that put AMMEX on the map, the GlovePlus Black Nitrile. Fifty percent thicker than standard nitrile gloves, this premium pick has a sleek professional look that conceals dirt, grease, and grime. GlovePlus Black Nitrile Gloves feature excellent protection against common chemicals, like carburetor cleaner, and many other specialty chemicals – such as iodine and butane – that you may encounter on the job. Great in automotive, these gloves hold up to brake fluid and stay true to form even after being dipped in gasoline.

Now is the time to gear up and choose the right gloves for any job. AMMEX is ready with high quality social media content and a full breadth of information on our blog. Looking for some fun facts, tips, or just want to impress others by being a glove expert!? Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. Just search @youneedgloves or AMMEX Corporation.

If you are interested in testing our products and receiving some free samples, contact your AMMEX distributor or contact us on our website. If you would like to become a distributor, contact us for more information.

You may not think about gloves until you need them. So it’s a good thing we have the right ones…and the left ones!

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Millimeters to Grams: Change in the Glove Industry


How can you be sure you are choosing the right gloves for the job? Currently, glove performance is measured with millimeter thickness. However, this measurement is not the most accurate due to variations in thickness across a single glove. Disposable gloves are thickest in the fingertips and thinnest in the wrists due to how they are dipped in the manufacturing process.

Thickness measurements in millimeters have the potential to vary based on which part of the glove is measured, which is frequently the palm. The glove industry is transitioning to measuring gloves by weight in grams rather than in millimeters. Gram weight circumvents the variations in thickness across a single glove. With this shift, the terminology will change as well. Rather than labeling gloves as thin, manufacturers will refer to them by their weight or use – such as lightweight or heavy duty.

When did the glove industry start the shift?
Around 2006, lighter weight gloves were introduced for the first time, but they were not well received because the original formulation of the gloves did not provide sufficient barrier protection. In 2009, lightweight gloves with a new formulation were reintroduced, offering more options for clients. Because of changes in technology, lightweight gloves have become more popular, with even 2 mil gloves being acceptable for some uses.

Difference between millimeters and grams
Gloves need to provide barrier protection for the hand. The move to gram measurements would help standardize quality in the glove industry, although gram weight has not been transitioned to the end user yet. It will also provide clearer guidance for glove purchasing decisions because certain weights may be better suited for specific purposes than others. The current standard is 3 mil and premium gloves are 5 mil or higher, but they will need to be measured at the wrist, fingertips and palm. With an allowable 0.3 gram variation in either direction, weight provides a more accurate measurement of gloves. Gram weight also is a more accurate reflection of the amount of material used in a glove and requires only a simple digital scale rather than the use of specific tools, such as a micrometer.

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What to Know: OSHA’s Change MSDSs to SDSs


In 2012, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) updated its Hazard Communication Standard (HCS). The revision sought to make the HCS align more closely with international compliance and provide a more standardized approach to the formatting of OSHA’s material safety data sheets (MSDSs), which will transition to safety data sheets (SDSs). Additionally, the update implemented new labeling requirements. These changes will make the HCS closer to standards of the United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).

OSHA is introducing the update gradually. The implementation period started Dec. 1, 2013 and ends June 1, 2016. Employers must be compliant with the SDSs requirement by June 1, 2015.

What the revised HCS entails
The new provisions pertain to distributors, importers and manufacturers of chemicals. While the goal of the HCS, which is to give end users information about hazardous chemicals in products, remains the same, OSHA revised the standard to make the information more accessible. Per OSHA’s standards, these chemicals are:

  • Pyrophoric gases
  • Combustible dust
  • Simple asphyxiants
  • Health or safety hazards for any other reason

Manufacturers, distributors and importers must now communicate these hazards to end users via SDSs, which are largely the same as MSDSs. The key change is the new forms use a 16-section format to make the information easy to digest.

“Employers must be compliant with the SDSs requirement by June 1.”

Overview of the 16 sections
Sections 12 through 15 are the ones that specifically align with the GHS. The preceding sections detail information about the chemicals as well as control measures. The final section is for any other pertinent data.

The sections cover a number of issues. Sections 4, 5 and 6, for instance, list steps for responding to emergencies stemming from the chemical. These include first-aid, firefighting and accidental release measures.

Other sections define the nature of a chemical. What is it and what hazards are associated with it? If the chemical is a substance or mixture, what are the ingredients? What are the physical and chemical properties? These and other factors are covered in Sections 1, 2, 3, 9, 10, 11 and 12.

Other factors addressed in the SDSs include disposal guidelines, storage guidelines, associated regulations and shipping restrictions and requirements.

Caveats to the rules
OSHA has some exceptions to its new rules for SDSs. One particularly important designation is the exemption relating to articles. These items are exempt from the regulations because they do not release the chemical used in their development or present an exposure risk by any other means. For example, nitrile gloves do not need SDSs.

SDS regulations apply to several parts of the supply chain.

For items to be classified as articles, they must meet additional criteria. The product must have a specific design or shape that defines its end use. Disposable gloves are shaped to fit hands and provide barrier protection for those body parts, so they are articles.

One glove-specific exemption is medical-grade gloves. Unlike industrial-grade gloves, which receive oversight from OSHA, these products fall under the purview of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are therefore not liable to the HCS provisions.

How this affects AMMEX and our distributors
AMMEX is currently updating our MSDSs to SDSs. Both distributors and customers have inquired about when the change will be finalized. Per the OSHA deadlines, we encourage all vendors to ensure their products are compliant by the June 1 deadline.

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5 Benefits of Using Social Media Marketing


Social media is a prevalent part of consumers’ lives, and the phenomenon has strongly influenced marketing strategies. The push for social media marketing to reach consumers expanded to business-to-business interactions, providing companies with a new channel to reach their B2B clients.

This trend may be largely due to the increasing population of millennials in the workforce. This generation will soon account for the majority of workers in the U.S. as more baby boomers reach retirement age and exit the workforce.

With millennials acting as decision-makers in more companies, social media marketing becomes even more important for B2B sales. Millennials access social media from desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones. Often, social media is the only means of connecting with these individuals, so businesses must embrace this channel as part of their marketing strategies.

Not only will social media help companies reach an increasingly millennial-dominated business world, but it also provides several tangible benefits:

Brand awareness
Businesses may seek to address a market need, but that does not mean clients will immediately latch on to those companies. Often, this lack of engagement occurs because potential clients are not aware of a company.

Social media provides a way to increase brand awareness. This channel is all about sharing – whether through links, videos, images or text – and a company should leverage the viral potential of content. If one lead discovers the business via social media, that lead is likely to share that brand with others he or she interacts with on social media.

Established credibility
Thought leadership, especially in niche industries, is crucial. Businesses take an authoritative stance among their industry peers and potential B2B clients by posting content that shows their expertise. An appraisal company, for example, promotes its thought leadership through links to home sales reports, interest rate data and case studies.

Moreover, as businesses interact with other thought leaders in their industries, leads and current clients see those conversations. If the appraisal company engages in a Twitter exchange with the chief economist of a real estate information website, the former then reaches individuals who subscribe to the latter.

Direct engagement with clients
Social media marketing is built to foster relationships. Whether its networking with colleagues or connecting with new friends, this channel is designed for direct interaction.

Television, radio and newspaper advertisements are impersonal. With social media, current and prospective business converse with the company. If someone has questions or comments about products, services or content posted to the page, he or she posts inquiries to a business’s social media profile and receives real-time support from customer service.

More closed deals
The aforementioned points lend to higher conversion and sales rates. With increased traffic, engagement, brand awareness and brand authority, the odds of moving leads through the sales funnel improve.

Social media platforms also provide many tools to enhance conversions. Targeted advertising allows businesses to direct their marketing efforts to specific verticals. For instance, a marketing automation software company may direct its advertisements toward decision-makers at financial institutions. Facebook, Twitter and other platforms provide tools to streamline ads to these leads.

“Social media provides a way to increase brand awareness.  As more millennials become decision-makers at companies, businesses must leverage social media marketing to reach them.”

Real-time sales support
Improving sales is the goal of social media marketing, but that does not mean the channel solely reaches out to leads and clients. Social media grants sales rep immediate access to support while they are in the field. Whether reps need more materials for product demonstrations, access to content to nurture leads or other resources, they are able to pull that information from their companies’ social media efforts.

When B2B leads search for a product or service, a company wants to be the first and most authoritative source they see. If businesses leverage social media effectively, they take a crucial step toward becoming industry leaders.

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West Coast Ports Reach Tentative Labor Agreement


Following weeks of negotiations between the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, the two organizations have finally reached a tentative five-year agreement. The tentative agreement will allow large backlogs of cargo containers along the West Coast to unload their shipments.

In Seattle ports specifically, the backlog will clear within three weeks, the Puget Sound Business Journal reported. However, the West Coast ports and the global supply chain are far from operating at normal activity. Containers shipping from the United States back to foreign ports will take time. The backup caused by the lack of containers in China and Southeast Asia is significant. Analysts are predicting that it will still be at least eight to 12 weeks before the supply chain will normalize, at the very minimum. This will be a welcome return to normal activity, as some industries lost millions of dollars because of the labor dispute. These losses were particularly felt in the agricultural business, which had shipments rotting in the ports.

As the situation continues to unfold, AMMEX is well stocked with inventory to support our clients and prospects. With that said, delays are still possible, as negotiations, which shut down ports several times, will not be complete until the union ratifies the agreement, an endeavor that could take a few months, according to the source. The tentative agreement is a sign of positive movement, but unpredictable changes in the situation could still occur.

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West Coast Ports Shut Down During Labor Negotiations


A labor dispute between shipping employers and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union on the West Coast has recently shut down operations due to the two parties failing to reach a compromise. Ports were closed Feb. 12 and will be closed Feb. 14-16.

This has noticeably crippled U.S. shipping, particularly for Asian imports, Reuters reported. In fact, these ports handle 70 percent of imports from Asia. With most of the world’s rubber coming from Asia, the shutdowns will impact supply chains for rubber products, including disposable gloves.This labor dispute has affected 29 ports on the West Coast, and freighters are backed up in each of these locations. The unloading of these freighters, which are stocked with countless containers full of products ready for distribution, will be delayed until the union and shipping employers have reached an agreement. Currently, the tension between these two parties remains high.

The National Retail Federation has appealed to the White House to help end the dispute, as the issue is hurting many businesses and consumers, The New York Times reported. As this situation develops, distributors must remain aware that the disagreement will impact supply lines for products and materials from Asia, leading to unforeseen delays in deliveries.

The situation not only impacts importers, but exporters as well. Containers sitting at the port full of goods, destined for the United States, cannot be unloaded and refilled with goods destined for Asia. Even after the two parties have reached an agreement, it will take several months for shipping and port times to normalize.

AMMEX has bolstered its supplies in anticipation of a strike. However, the length of this situation is unpredictable and may affect our inventory down the road.

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Preload Your Sales for 2015


They say the early bird gets the worm, and this is much more than a cliche when it comes to your disposable glove sales for the year.

In fact, the start of 2015 is the best time to ramp up your sales activity and set a strong pace for the next 365 days. This is because gloves are a residual sales product. Once you land a customer, you will have consistent, ongoing business, and here is how:

Opportunity is out there
For many industries, gloves are a necessity, and for others, this personal protective equipment is an added safety measure and convenience. Whatever the case, demand for gloves is growing, and distributors need to supply gloves to meet that demand.

The industrial, safety and chemical industries, for example, are key markets for glove sales. Despite the common association of disposable gloves and the medical industry, the industrial and safety sector had glove revenue that was on par with the former industry – both at $4.4 billion.

“You have opportunity for disposable glove sales in many industries.  Relationship building is key to the success of any sales interaction.”

Additionally, these and other industries, such as food processing, food servicejanitorial/sanitation and automotive, are due for large-scale growth in the future. In the food processing and service sectors, for instance, workers are already using up to 20 pairs per day. With these industries having combined growth potential of 29 percent, imagine the possibilities for increased sales.

Plus, consider that gloves are not a one-time deal. Once your customers run out, they will be calling back for more, which means you have guaranteed business as long as you maintain those relationships.

Cultivating relationships with customers
According to Baylor University’s Keller Center for Research, relationship building is key to the success of any sales interaction. You want to build loyalty with your customers, and disposable gloves encourage this behavior.

With a one-time sale, you can contact customers, sell the products and never speak to them again except for follow-up calls or to sell them new products. Because gloves are a residual sales product, you must keep constant contact with customers, which lends to building those relationships

“Relationship building is key to the success of any sales interaction.”

Not only is this beneficial for talking to your customers about restocking their glove supplies, but it also presents the opportunity to tell them about other products. This is particularly useful for selling new products. If, for instance, you have a customer who regularly purchases GlovePlus Black Nitrile Gloves, these frequent calls are the time to tell that customer about upgrading to Gloveworks Heavy Duty Orange Nitrile Gloves.

Maintaining business throughout the year
By listening to and engaging with your customers through regular interaction, you demonstrate your expertise and ability to give them the right gloves for the job. By building this customer loyalty, you hold those relationships with existing customers, but what about untapped sources?

Many industries need gloves, and any potential customers who are not buying from you are buying from someone else. Pinpoint the reasons why you are losing them to the competition and leverage your expertise to net these clients. Let the nature of disposable gloves be the relationship-building tool that sets you apart.

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Lose Weight in the New Year!


This is the year you will keep your promise to lose weight, and this does not refer to shedding a few pounds at the gym. Rather, this is the year glove distributors and end users are learning about the benefits and uses of lightweight disposable gloves.

The quest for cost savings
Like many innovations, the push for higher-quality lightweight gloves stemmed from a desire to reduce costs. The price of the raw materials needed for various glove types was high, which prompted manufacturers to seek out a way to get more gloves from the same amount of raw materials.

Beginning in 2009 and gaining momentum every year, the lagging economy has caused end users to look for more economical options. As factories developed new formulas, light weight gloves have become a viable option. There was some initial hesitation that perhaps the gloves were too thin, but they have proven themselves in most industries.

Comfort and lower cost through innovation
With time, technology improved, allowing for strong yet lighter weight gloves.

Now, lightweight gloves provide a lower price without sacrificing durability for short-duration tasks. Additionally, these gloves are more comfortable because they offer greater flexibility and tactile sensitivity.

Lightweight gloves have been a tremendous success for both importers and distributors. In fact, 3 millimeter gloves now serve as the standard, and the 4-5 millimeter gloves are premium grade. With quality, performance and competitive pricing, these gloves meet the level of performance end users are looking for at a budget-friendly price.

Lightweight gloves are best for short-duration tasks where glove changes occur often.”

Get the right glove for the job
The benefits of lightweight gloves vary depending on the application. Thinner material means less durability compared to a thick glove. This is why these gloves are best for short-duration tasks where glove changes occur often.

Heavier gloves are more suited for heavy duty, long-duration tasks. In automotive repair shops or industrial facilities where glove wearers handle many tools, for example, more durable gloves are best. This also applies to dealing with harsh chemicals where a thicker glove allows workers to wear the same glove for longer-duration use.

Out with the old, in with the new
This year will be full of changes, and one transition is the glove industry is moving away from measuring gloves with regard to millimeter thickness to using weight in grams instead. With this change, the language will transition from thinner gloves to lightweight gloves. This is because thickness measurements depend on where the glove is measured – gloves are thickest at the fingertips and thinner in the palm. Grams, on the other hand, give overall weight of the entire glove.

Not only does this provide clearer information for glove purchase decisions, but it also helps with standardizing quality. So whether you are looking to gradually drop a few grams throughout the year or shed a lot of weight in short time, look to lightweight gloves to provide the comfort, price and quality you require.

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Getting Ready for New Prop 65 Requirements


Starting Dec. 20, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), which is part of the California Environmental Protection Agency, will roll out a new labeling requirement for products containing Diisononyl phthalate (DINP). Retailers and distributors in the state of California that sell items that contain this chemical must understand their obligations. This requirement is relevant for disposable glove distributors and retailers because some manufacturers use DINP in products made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC), including disposable vinyl gloves.

What the new labeling rule requires
The requirement for DINP labeling stems from the California Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, which is commonly known as Proposition 65. Per the law, distributors and retailers must have clear and understandable labeling that tells consumers DINP is present in a product.

This requirement does not say that products cannot contain the chemical. However, consumers must be informed if they are being exposed to unsafe levels of DINP. From Dec. 20 forward, any products that are not properly labeled will be considered in violation of the law. Not only can retailers and distributors face penalties from the government, but they can also be targets of lawsuits once it is revealed they sold improperly labeled products.

There is a specific standard label for DINP products:

  • WARNING: This product contains a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer.

Prop 65 is meant to inform California consumers of harmful chemicals in products they use.  According to the regulations, any products containing more than a trace amount of DINP must have a warning label.

In-depth look at Prop 65
According to the OEHHA, lawmakers created Prop 65 because voters wanted to be more aware of what chemicals are in the products they commonly use, particularly chemicals linked to cancer, reproductive issues and birth defects. Additionally, the legislation requires that California residents are informed about the presence of chemicals in products and chemicals that are released into the environment via manufacturing processes and products.

To keep consumers aware of harmful chemicals, the state publishes a list. Currently, this list exceeds 800 items. These chemicals are found in a number of places, from common household items such as vinyl flooring and garden hoses to solvents and byproducts such as unleaded gasoline fumes.

DINP, like all the other chemicals added to the list, met certain criteria for the Prop 65 program. One of these criteria is that an authoritative body, such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency or the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, has found a correlation that a particular chemical causes any of the aforementioned issues. Also, chemicals are added if two independent groups of health care professionals or scientists corroborate these findings, the state or federal government requires labeling or they meet criteria of the California labor code.

What is DINP and its risks?
DINP is a phthalate plasticizer, meaning it softens plastics, and appears in many PVC products. Following oral exposure, the chemical is quickly absorbed into the body.

“DINP is a phthalate plasticizer that appears in many PVC products.”

How industries have responded
Labeling regulations under Prop 65 are meant to protect California residents, and chemicals on the list have stated risks, Bloomberg BNA reported. Many critics say the lack evidence with regard to DINP’s carcinogenic effects on humans is reason to reverse the decision to list the chemical. They said many products have contained DINP for years without any noticeable side effects in users.

While this may be true, retailers and distributors must ensure they are not liable for penalties and damages. Distributors could be liable if workers in these industries wear vinyl gloves sold in California that do not have the appropriate labels and contain more than a trace amount.

Despite what critics assert, distributors and retailers must adhere to proper labeling regulations under Prop 65 for products sold or shipped through the state of California. With vinyl gloves specifically, glove suppliers who are selling DINP compliant gloves are not required to label their PVC products with Prop 65 warnings.

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