Disposable Gloves in Baseball Stadiums


The Major League Baseball (MLB) All-Star Game took place July 14 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio. Most viewers tuned in for a chance to watch the best players team up and compete against each other. This year, the lineup included Dallas Keuchel of the Houston Astros and Zack Greinke of the Los Angeles Dodgers as starting pitchers as well as Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout and Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates up to bat. A lot of drama played out on the field, but what would the baseball experience be without hot dogs and peanuts, not to mention a properly groomed playing field? All of these activities require the right protective gear. Here are some of the aspects of stadium upkeep that require disposable gloves:

Concession stands
Where do fans go to buy their peanuts and Cracker Jacks? At the concession stand, of course! From popcorn to ice cream sold in tiny plastic ball caps, disposable gloves abound in concession stands. To avoid contamination, workers need disposable gloves, preferably ones that are easy to don and doff. When switching between tasks or even between customers, food service workers must always change their gloves. The right choice for these employees would be poly or vinyl gloves. Loose-fitting poly gloves are perfect in most circumstances, but in cases where greater dexterity is needed, closer-fitting vinyl gloves come in handy.

“A lot of work goes into preparing the stadium for a game.”

Groundskeepers
Most of the time, fans only see groundskeepers quickly resetting the field during the seventh inning stretch, but a lot of tender loving care goes into maintaining that field when players and spectators are absent. Most fields are still made of grass rather than AstroTurf, which means landscapers need to take care of it on a day-to-day basis. To keep a fresh green appearance, groundskeepers apply pesticides and other chemicals that could irritate or damage hands of workers. Nitrile gloves provide a protective barrier against chemicals and are still strong enough to protect from other irritants. In other situations, like removing thorny plants from the field, groundskeepers want a more heavy-duty work glove, like nitrile or latex dipped gloves.

Maintenance and cleanup
Once the crowds are gone, it is the staff’s duty to get rid of the peanut shells and plastic cups to make way for the next group of fans to fill the bleachers. According to data from Business Insider, the average MLB ballpark is 2.49 acres, or more than 100,000 square feet, with plenty of nooks and crannies workers need to look over. All in all, cleaning up a stadium is hard work, and it is not only the seats that need attention. Janitorial staff also need to attend to bathrooms and hallways, while concession staff scrub and sanitize their areas for the night. All of these activities require gloves of varying thicknesses.

“Cleaning requires gloves of varying thicknesses.”

Janitorial staff use harmful chemicals in the line of duty. Glass and metal cleaners that include hydrofluoric acid, nitrilotriacetate and phosphoric acid could cause burns or irritation if staff do not use a protective barrier. Bleach is also corrosive to the skin.

Vinyl gloves are a good option for janitorial staff because they are relatively low cost but still generally provide enough chemical resistance. Vinyl gloves protect hands against hydrofluoric, phosphoric and 10 percent concentrated nitric acids. Nitrile gloves provide even greater chemical resistance and are less likely to tear.

Disposable gloves might not be in the starting lineup, but the game is a lot more fun with their support. These gloves help carry out the tasks needed to keep the field in good condition and provide the amenities that make the game more enjoyable for spectators.

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How to Differentiate a Commodity


There are specific challenges associated with selling commodities. The term commodity generally applies to agricultural products like soybeans or corn – products in which each unit is the same no matter where you buy them. However, consumers see any product as a commodity if they could buy it anywhere – for instance, a specific brand of gum. It is notoriously challenging to sell commodities because customers assume they are interchangeable and will buy them wherever they are able to obtain the best deal.

This means companies tend to think they are able to compete based on only price. If a customer goes elsewhere and obtains the product for less money, do you drop your price as well? You could try to undersell the competition, but at a certain point, you need to make sure you remain profitable. Is it possible to sell a commodity without selling based only on price? The answer is yes. Companies do it every day. Here are some tips for sales teams when dealing with a product your customers see as a commodity:

Believe in the business
According to Rapid Learning Institute, sales representatives are often more likely to think of their products as commodities than customers are. Clients worry about making the right choice, and price is not the only factor they consider. When sales teams face challenges with a sale and drop the price, they encourage customers to think of the product as a commodity. Companies need to stand behind their products and be able to explain why their pricing is fair. It may be higher than a competitor’s price, but be prepared to highlight the reasons for this.

It is more than a product
When two distributors sell similar products, it is the distributor that differentiates these items. Each business offers something unique and valuable. It could be extremely knowledgeable sales teams, a guarantee or return policy. Think of what you sell as an offering rather than just a product. This is especially important if you sell a product customers are able to obtain elsewhere. What makes your business model different? As the Association of International Product Marketing pointed out, Staples, the office supplies store, does a good job of this. Its “Low Price Guarantee” tells customers they will match any price, which makes consumers want to shop there. Do you have free shipping? Free repairs? These are attributes that set you apart from the distributor across town.

“Highlight your unique value proposition.”

Find out what is important to the customer
Regardless of what you think makes your business different, it is the customer’s perspective that truly matters. What are customers looking for? They are rarely purely interested in the best deal. There are other factors at play. Learn what these are. For instance, your customer may not care that your business is family owned. What they do care about is that they receive awesome service from their vendors. In this case, demonstrate the personalized service customers receive.

You are even able to personalize each deal. If you are the closest distributor to this potential customer, you know that is a strong factor in his or her decision. If customers need a product, you are able to send it to them more quickly than any competitor.

At the end of the day, if customers see your products as commodities, it is up to you to change that perspective. Stop talking about cost and start talking about what you have that competitors lack. Discover your unique value proposition and communicate it to customers.

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Disposable Gloves Star in Summer Blockbusters


The summer always brings a slew of fun flicks and a good chance to escape into the air conditioning for a while. We enjoy a good movie here at AMMEX, but the silver screen is also an opportunity to share just how pervasive, not to mention exciting, disposable gloves are. Film narratives demonstrate how frequently people need to use disposable gloves. Across all industries (and genres), characters on screen need disposable gloves to carry out various tasks throughout the movie. Of course, since we happen to be in the glove business, we always wonder: If this movie were real, what gloves would the characters wear? Sit back, grab some popcorn and read on to learn what gloves characters would don in this summer’s top blockbusters.

Dinosaur movie
When dinosaurs are sick, what gloves do you wear?

Jurassic World

In “Jurassic World,” park employees are kept busy tending to the dinosaurs, which have as many needs as the average group of livestock, just with sharper teeth. The brontosauruses, T-Rexes and raptors need consistent care to maintain their health. As with any situation where workers deal with potentially sick animals, it is important to contain any possible pathogens so they do not spread to the rest of the herd. Widespread illness would disappoint the legions of visitors who came to the park to see live dinosaurs, although it may have prevented the mass escape of the dangerous beasts.

When working with animals that might carry harmful bacteria, employees need to use a protective barrier on their hands. This prevents workers from contracting a disease or spreading it between animals. You never know what kind of strange bacteria a dinosaur could transmit. Reptiles and amphibians are known to carry salmonella – a bacteria that is easily transmitted to humans – on their skin.

In this case, Jurassic World staff would probably wear vinyl gloves, disposing of them as they move between animals. As a relatively inexpensive material, vinyl is a smart choice for workers who have to change their gloves frequently. Considering how many dinosaurs these staff would treat in a day, the cost of gloves could add up quickly. With Jurassic World’s operating costs likely being high enough already, there is no reason to add a huge disposable glove cost to the bottom line.

Minions

Plenty of employees across the world need gloves to work with harsh chemicals, but we hope none of them are operating under a criminal mastermind, like the workers in “Minions,” the latest installment of the “Despicable Me” franchise released in mid-July. In “Minions,” America’s favorite tiny yellow henchmen finally get the origin story we have all been waiting for. The movie documents their relationship with their first super villain master, Scarlett Overkill. Anyone who has watched the Despicable Me movies knows the minions wear gloves, but what kind are they?

As minions, the little yellow guys have to work hard to support the endeavors of their super villain master, which involves building weapons, vehicles and more. It is hard to know whether the minions are as susceptible to chemicals as humans would be, but they do wear gloves.

If the minions work on vehicles, they probably wear nitrile gloves. Oil, gasoline and hydraulic fluids irritate skin and possibly even have a negative impact on health. Nitrile gloves are strong enough to protect the skin from these fluids, where gasoline causes latex to dissolve. Nitrile gloves also conform to the workers hands during use. The minions wear their gloves constantly, so they will be looking for superior comfort.

The nitrile gloves would also be a good choice for the minions’ other duties, like working in manufacturing facilities where they would need greater dexterity and protection from possible chemicals.

Boxing ring
Physicians don gloves to treat boxing injuries.

Southpaw

In “Southpaw,” a boxer tries to get his life back on track after disaster strikes his family. The most prominent gloves in this upcoming film are a pair of boxing gloves, but look closer and you may see disposable gloves in a supporting role. Boxing is a brutal sport, and the medics on the sidelines, known as ringside physicians, are some of its unsung heroes. To treat the boxers in between rounds, medical professionals need disposable gloves.

While Jake Gyllenhaal’s character is getting slammed in the ring on his road to redemption, the medics will don disposable gloves to clean any wounds he may have been obtained. The gloves form a protective barrier against bodily fluid contact. For this particular application, most medics would go with a latex exam glove for its comfortable fit and superior barrier protection. However, a physician with a latex allergy or sensitivity may opt for nitrile instead.

Disposable gloves are a necessity in many industries, helping to keep employees safe from chemicals and contaminants. Without gloves, these movies could have been disasters. From the boxing ring to the dinosaur pen and everywhere in between, look out for disposable gloves this summer – coming to a theater near you.

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How the AMMEX Philosophy Leads to Success


Have you ever wondered how some companies seem to effortlessly maintain a culture of high quality and hard work? The truth is, it is not entirely effortless. To a certain extent, producing great products and achieving long-lasting success is all about maintaining a routine, establishing the right belief system and holding staff accountable.

At AMMEX, our business philosophy is a core part of what we do. Following an established set of principles is one of the ways we have been named to the Puget Sound Business Journal “Top 100 Fastest Growing, Privately Held Companies” a grand total of eight times. How do we do it? We all strive to be great employees every day, and we hold one another accountable for this goal. Here is a closer look at how we approach each day here at AMMEX:
Our core ideologies
AMMEX stands by four core ideologies as an integral part of our day-to-day operations.
  • We are aggressive in pursuing opportunities: If something is worth doing, it is worth doing right. If we see an opportunity, we will go after it with everything we have got.
  • We are consistent in products and processes: Consistency is the key to success. Figure out the best way and repeat the process.
  • We are approachable and a pleasure to do business with: People like to work with partners they like, so we aim to make the most of every interaction.
  • We believe that simple is good: Why build a complicated process? Keep it simple and do it right.

Morning huddles
The huddle was introduced in football as a way to make brief contact before a strategic play. Not surprisingly, many companies have adapted this idea to business as well, and AMMEX is one of them. Football and business are a lot alike. In football, every player has a unique role in the play that follows. Business is the same way. Taking a moment each day to huddle is our way of making sure the day goes smoothly and everyone knows how his or her role contributes to the bottom line. We take this time to share important numbers and metrics and any other communications

“Achievement is easier when you set measurable goals.”

Reporting and visibility
It is hard to maintain a truly high quality business without transparency. We value transparency and communication at AMMEX, so we give all employees real-time access to sales, revenue and gross profit numbers. We also have this information moving on LCD screens in our sales pits where everyone sees them. This way, everyone knows he or she is part of one team and are striving toward the same goals.

Setting goals
Achievement is easier when you set measurable goals. At AMMEX, we set the “AMMEX Top 5″ objectives for each year and within that year, the “Top 3″ goals for each quarter. Furthermore, each AMMEX employee has his or her own three objectives each quarter that align to those set by the business. That is quite a few goals! But setting these targets helps us focus on results and lets each employee know his or her actions have a positive impact on the business. Ultimately, every employee contributes to AMMEX’s success.

We believe in our culture of honesty and hard work, and it has helped us grow together since 1988. Success is not just about revenue growth; it is about setting goals, remaining accountable and aiming to grow together.

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Summer Cookout Tips


Summer is in full swing, which means people around the country are firing up the grill for barbecues. Whether you like to cook out for weekday dinners or host backyard parties during the summer, proper food safety is crucial. Here are some tips for cooking out this summer:

Meat Handling Tips
Meat is one of the most popular types of grilled food, whether it is burgers, hot dogs, ribs, steaks or shish kabobs. Raw meats sometimes have hazardous bacteria, and the juices may contaminate cooked foods, so it is important to use separate plates for raw and cooked items. Maintaining a proper temperature for meat is essential as well. All raw meet should be refrigerated or frozen as soon as you bring it home from the store, and you need to know the correct internal temperatures for the food you are making. Storing raw meat at 40 degrees or less prevents bacteria growth.

It is also important to ensure meat packaging does not have any tears or leaks because it could contaminate other food in the fridge. Additionally, use a meat thermometer to be sure meat reaches the appropriate temperature for consumption when grilling food.To further reduce the risks of cross-contamination, handle uncooked meat with disposable gloves. Vinyl, nitrile or latex gloves are all suitable for food preparation. In addition, antimicrobial vinyl gloves are one of the best choices for food preparation because they are meant to be changed frequently. Be sure not to touch cooked items with gloves that have handled raw meat because this may spread bacteria.

Jalapeños and Hot Peppers
For those who enjoy spicy foods in the summer, safe handling of peppers is crucial. A pepper’s heat comes from the amount of capsaicin in the particular variety. While peppers add delicious spice to marinades and foods, hot peppers may burn the hands or eyes if you handle them without gloves. The seeds and veins are what gives peppers their heat, and cutting them without gloves may irritate the skin. If you accidentally rub your eyes without washing your hands, you may cause further irritation. Considering higher concentrations of capsaicin , are used as a pesticide it is important to handle peppers of any heat with care.

While jalapeños are fairly mild combined to other types of peppers, cutting up a large amount of them may expose you to a great deal of capsaicin. For peppers higher on the heat index such as chilies and ghost peppers, a single pepper has the potential to cause irritation. Because of the potential for contact dermatitis, peppers of all heat levels should be handled with gloves.

Latex gloves are a suitable choice as long as neither you nor your guests are allergic to latex. If anyone has a latex sensitivity, nitrile gloves may be a better choice. After cutting peppers, it is important to properly wash all cutting boards, knives and bowls. Dispose of the gloves carefully to avoid coming into contact with capsaicin.

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Importance of Professional Development


With the fast pace of today’s workforce, employers may need to provide additional training for their staff members to keep their skills fresh. Depending on the industry, such as medicine or technology fields, cutting-edge skills may change every few years. Beyond staying competitive, continued professional development may make employees more satisfied at work, and thus more likely to stay with the same organization.

Many companies are increasing their focus on professional development initiatives as millennials continue to enter the workforce. Generation Y is poised to become the largest age group in the workforce as more baby boomers retire. Millennials are highly educated, and many of them want to eventually hold a leadership position. Although some employers are quick to write young adults off as entitled, many millennials are ambitious and want to acquire the skills that will allow them to move through the corporate ranks. At this early stage in their careers, millennials may be more likely to switch jobs a few times before settling into a position they really enjoy. Providing continued education at work is often an effective retention strategy to ensure the best new hires stick around for the long haul. In particular, this is a way to cultivate future leaders.

How to implement a successful employee development program
While many employers recognize the importance of professional development initiatives, it may be more difficult to put this concept into action. Offering more opportunities for professional development shows your employees you care, and this may make them more loyal and engaged.

Because the summer is a slower season for many industries, it is a great time to pay attention to training and continued education. Employers must focus on the programs that will most benefit their employees because this is the training that is most likely to have a lasting impact.

Implementing professional development into the standard routine may make these programs more effective. It is easy for teams to get bogged down with their day-to-day tasks, which makes it harder to see the big picture. Scheduling specific times to discuss goals and hone skill sets may improve the impact of a professional development program. These initiatives are beneficial for employers as well because they help workers understand their role in meeting an organization’s goals. Without this type of development, departments may become siloed and disconnected from the overall objectives of the company.

Engaged employees produce the best results
Professional development and employee engagement go hand in hand. Engaged employees are more productive ,and more productive employees add to the company’s bottom line. According to research from Gallup, engaged employees put in 57 percent more effort and are 87 percent less likely to move on to a new job. In addition, companies with higher than normal levels of employee engagement bring in 147 percent higher earnings. Employee engagement positively influences a number of factors, such as the bottom line and client satisfaction.

Despite these findings, the most recent annual poll from Gallup revealed only about one-third of employees are actively engaged, and engagement rates are lowest among young adults. As more millennials enter the workforce, this statistic could become more problematic. Disengaged employees are more likely to seek a different position at another company.

However, there may be a way to combat low levels of engagement. Because millennials are so interested in professional development and career advancement opportunities, providing formal programs that allow young adults to build their skill sets will lead to better results.

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Handy Equipment for Fireworks Manufacturing


Independence Day is just around the corner, which means Americans around the country will be preparing to watch fireworks displays to celebrate. While many enjoy this holiday tradition, some people may not know most fireworks are still manufactured by hand to reduce the risk of factory explosions. This is because automated machinery has the potential to create sparks that would ignite the explosives.

As sales are increasing it is a great time to talk about how fireworks are made and why the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) is necessary in facilities.

A brief history of fireworks
First invented in China more than 1,000 years ago, fireworks have come a long way from sparks to large-scale aerial displays. Although China is still the leading producer of fireworks, the U.S. is one of the largest fireworks consumers. Aerial fireworks are typically made in an external shell filled with black powder and connected to a fuse.

People first started experimenting with colored fireworks during the Italian Renaissance. Different chemical compounds, typically metal salts, are responsible for the various colors. Strontium and lithium make red; calcium chloride makes orange; sodium salts produce yellow; barium compounds create green; copper compounds and chloride make blue; mixing strontium and copper makes purple; and aluminum, titanium and magnesium produce silver. Blues may be more difficult to create than other colors.

“Fireworks have changed a lot in the past millennium.”

Appropriate gear for handling fireworks
Some of the metal salts used in fireworks may be carcinogenic to humans. AMMEX N95 Cone Masks reduce the inhalation of the dust from these chemicals when inserting them into the cone that will be lit. Most aerial fireworks are made up of a cardboard cone with an igniter at the base, a fuse and stars, the pellets that add the color. The way the stars are arranged determines the pattern.

Some of these chemical compounds cause chemical burns, which are a serious workplace hazard. Gloves should be worn to minimize skin exposure to dangerous chemicals. Latex and nitrile disposable gloves protect the hands from harmful materials used to create fireworks while providing dexterity that makes it easy to handle smaller parts.

All in all, facilities need to provide the right protective coverings to keep their employees safe. On that note, have a safe Fourth of July!

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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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Not without Gloves: Specialty Chemicals


Specialty chemicals are produced to serve a specific function and may be composed of a single chemical or a blend. Specialty chemicals often have an influence on the end product in the manufacturing process and are commonly used in the oil industry, agriculture, electronics, construction and consumer goods, such as detergents, perfumes and paper items, according to Value Line. Because these blends vary depending on the application, specialty chemicals should always be handled with care, which means utilizing gloves and other personal protective equipment (PPE).

Compared to other chemicals, specialty chemicals are typically manufactured in a batch process rather than continuous, which results in a pure product, according to the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates. Each compound may have only one or two uses, which means companies need to understand the specific chemical compounds used in their processes to select the right gloves for the job. Here are some components of specialty chemicals and the appropriate gloves for handling them:

Iodine
Although iodine is elemental, compounds of this chemical often appear in specialty chemicals. Commonly used in medicines and animal feed supplements, iodine compounds may be considered specialty chemicals. Iodine is an essential nutrient, but too much exposure – 400 micrograms per day or more – has been linked to thyroid complications, according to Fox News. This condition may cause fatigue, depression and dry skin. Vinyl, nitrile and latex gloves all provide sufficient barrier protection when handling iodine.

Printing ink
Many printing inks contain carbon black, which is classified as a carcinogen. Ink is used for a variety of purposes, and overexposure may be risky. Latex and nitrile gloves protect the hands from printing ink.

Lubricants
Often found in the oil industry and automotive applications, lubricants contain mineral oils and may be carcinogenic. Nitrile gloves offer protection from this specialty chemical and are well suited for automotive applications because this glove material is highly puncture resistant and offers protection from many common engine chemicals. Latex gloves may not be suitable for automotive work because they are not resistant to petroleum-based chemicals.

Plastics
Petroleum and a variety of specialty chemicals are used to manufacture different types of plastics. Nitrile gloves are also recommended for handling petroleum of up to 100 percent.

This has been AMMEX’s “Not without gloves” series, where we have discussed hazardous chemicals and effective PPE for each. For more about chemical resistance and barrier protection, contact AMMEX today.

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Get Dad Gloves for Father’s Day


It often feels challenging to find the perfect Father’s Day gift, especially when it seems like you father already has everything. If you are tired of buying your dad a new tie every year, consider a gift that supports his hobbies. What does Dad need to pursue his favorite activities?

Automotive
If your father loves tinkering around under the hood of a classic car, high-quality disposable nitrile gloves make a perfect gift for Dad’s favorite hobby. AMMEX’s Gloveworks Heavy Duty Orange Nitrile Gloves are a perfect addition for Dad’s garage because they are well-suited to automotive applications. Not only are nitrile gloves resistant to a variety of common engine chemicals, such as hydraulic fluids and antifreeze, but they are also highly resistant to punctures. Nitrile gloves provide protection from gasoline as well.In particular, orange nitrile gloves are ideal for automotive work because the bright color helps people be more aware of where their hands are in dark spaces. If you are getting Dad other automotive equipment, disposable nitrile gloves make a perfect complement.

Gardening
Does Dad have a green thumb? High-quality leather work gloves are great for spending time in the garden. AMMEX’s split cowhide gloves with a starched cuff will protect Dad’s hands from thorns and blistering, allowing him to spend quality time in the garden without scuffs and scrapes.

Building and woodworking
If your dad enjoys working with his hands in his workshop, split cowhide gloves with a rubberized cuff are a great gift. These gloves may be better suited for heavy-duty applications because the rubberized cuff helps the gloves adhere to the wrists, and they have a fleece-lined palm to keep the hands warm while working outside.

Depending on your dad’s favorite hobbies, the right work gloves make an excellent Father’s Day present. Contact AMMEX to learn more.

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