Not without Gloves: Wood stains


Wood stains come in a variety of compositions and consistencies. Some are semi-transparent, and others are intended to create a thick coating over the wood. Because of the variety of products on the market, specific stains may have multiple hazardous chemicals in them. Here are some chemicals commonly found in wood stains and effective disposable gloves for each:

Ethylene glycol
Although many wood stains are water-based, they still contain a small percentage of a solvent, such as ethylene glycol. This chemical is poorly absorbed through the skin, but the U.S. Centers for Disease Control still recommends chemical-resistant gloves for handling ethylene glycol. For ethylene glycol in its liquid form, vinyl, nitrile and latex gloves all provide protection. In the solvent’s ether form, latex and nitrile gloves may be used for a limited time. On-site testing should always be conducted to determine the safe handling time for a particular solution.

Sodium hydroxide
Sodium hydroxide is a corrosive with the potential to cause burns on any tissue it comes into contact with. Chemical burns may even lead to deep tissue damage, so this chemical should always be handled with care. Solutions of sodium hydroxide with up to a 50 percent concentration may be safely handled with latex, nitrile or vinyl gloves.

Mineral spirits are hydrocarbons commonly found in wood stains, paints and paint thinners. Direct contact with mineral spirits causes skin burns, irritation and even necrosis. Nitrile gloves offer protection for safe handling of mineral spirit concentrations of up to 100 percent.

Ethyl alcohol
Ethyl alcohol is most commonly found in alcoholic beverages, and it is also used as a solvent and to manufacture other chemicals. Ethyl alcohol is flammable, and high concentrations may irritate the skin or cause redness or dryness. For wood stains containing ethyl alcohol, latex and nitrile gloves are well suited for application. Vinyl gloves may be used for a limited time.

Latex
Some film finishes are latex-based for a more solid finish and better color retention than other stains but adds risks for people with latex sensitivities. Nitrile gloves are suitable for people with latex sensitivities or allergies, and these gloves provide superior chemical resistance for many different compounds.

1,4-Dioxane
1,4-dioxane is a chemical found in wood stains and a suspected carcinogen that may also cause skin irritation. Latex and vinyl gloves may be used for a limited time for protection from 1,4-dioxane.

 

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Emphasize Safety with PPE


Ensuring workplace safety is no easy task, especially in industrial environments with the potential for many hazards. Depending on the industry, workplaces have risks of slips, falls, dangerous equipment and machinery or toxic chemicals. Even though establishing a safe workplace is a complicated undertaking, providing the right safety equipment is less expensive than coping with injuries in the long run.

The costs of an unsafe workplace
Providing personal protective equipment may be costly, especially for organizations that have large staffs. The U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has strict standards for workplace safety, and violations quickly add up. These are the different types of OSHA violations and the costs for each:

  • Serious: OSHA issues serious violations when an employee suffers a severe injury or dies on the job. Typically, these violations occur when the employer reasonably could have known about the risk. OSHA may issue mandatory penalties of up to $7,000 for each serious violation.
  • Other than serious: This type of violation stems from hazards that have a direct relationship to workplace safety and health but probably do not have the ability to cause a serious injury or death. Other-than-serious violations come with a $7,000 discretionary fine.
  • Willful: Willful violations are when employers know they are in violation of OSHA’s standards. Companies know there are hazards but do nothing to fix the situation. Fines range from $5,000 to $70,000 for each violation. In addition, if a willful violation caused a death, employers may be subject to court-imposed fines or even imprisonment. Criminal convictions may result in a $250,000 fine for an individual or a $500,000 penalty for an organization.
  • Repeat: After OSHA cites companies for any of the above violations, failure to fix the issue may result in a repeat violation. In addition, employers may be cited for similar hazards, not just the same problem. These violations cost up to $70,000 per citation.

“Rather than pay for violations, employers should take the steps to enable a safer workplace, including providing PPE.”

Clearly, the costs for noncompliance are steep. The costs of criminal convictions for willful violations have the potential to put companies out of business. Rather than pay for violations, employers should take the steps to enable a safer workplace, including providing PPE.

PPE guards against chemical burns, which carry hefty fines from OSHA. Safety News Alert reported on two companies that received OSHA fines for chemical hazards, totaling $40,500 and $50,785 respectively. The company with the larger fine failed to utilize the appropriate PPE. Chemical burns cause serious injuries that may also require workers compensation. Providing aprons, sleeves, bouffant caps and other PPE reduces the risk of these workplace hazards and other threats.

Selecting PPE to reduce exposure to workplace hazards
PPE minimizes exposure to chemicals, radiation, electricity, machinery and other workplace hazards. PPE includes gloves, safety glasses, face masks, coveralls, hair nets, bouffant covers, shoe covers and sleeves. All PPE should fit well and be comfortable to wear for work, which will encourage its use. Poorly fitted PPE may lead to workplace injuries or illnesses because an employee could be exposed to dangerous conditions.

If PPE is being used, employers need to establish a program to ensure compliance. Simply providing the equipment will not necessarily guarantee employees will use it on their own. A strong PPE program addresses the existing workplace hazards and trains employees on when PPE is necessary, what types they need to use, how to properly don and doff it and the lifespan of each piece of equipment. It is also important to discuss the limitations of PPE so employees are more aware in the workplace.

June is OSHA and the National Safety Council’s (NSC) National Safety Month. The NSC provides free resources on improving workplace safety and enhancing emergency preparedness to help employers build and improve their PPE programs. Safety is a a paramount concern for all employers, especially with the high financial risks of noncompliance. June is a great time to evaluate safety equipment and increase training for employees to create a culture of workplace safety.

It is easy to add PPE to your product line up. Contact us or contact your AMMEX representative to get started today.

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Choose Quality Work Gloves

Depending on the situations workers regularly encounter, they may need work gloves that are suitable for repeat use. Rather than wearing disposable gloves, dipped, dishwashing or leather gloves for home and industrial applications may be best for messy or tough situations. Some jobs need more strength and protection than disposal gloves offer, which is why AMMEX has a full line of heavy duty work gloves to meet your needs. You may need a stronger grip, warmth or better puncture protection. Here is the complete list of work gloves and their uses:

Latex dipped work gloves
Latex dipped work gloves have a string polyester cotton interior and are partially dipped in texturized latex for better grip. These gloves are used for industrial and home situations when a strong grip is necessary. However, these gloves may not be suitable for people with latex sensitivities.

Nitrile dipped work gloves
These gloves are stretch nylon and partially dipped in nitrile on the outside. These may be a better choice for people who should not come into contact with latex. Nitrile dipped gloves are seamless and have a texture that makes gripping easier.

Dishwashing gloves
Beyond what their name implies, dishwashing gloves are well suited for a variety of uses in the home, industrial facilities and commercial kitchens. They also may be used for cleaning purposes because of the longer 12 inch cuff. They are 17 millimeters thick to protect the wearer’s hands and are flock lined for comfort and textured across the palms.

Knit work gloves
Brown or white jersey knit gloves are a cotton and polyester blend and come in two sizes. It is important to keep your hands warm when working outside during the winter, and these gloves are fleece-lined, making them suitable for working in cold temperatures. The brown color may be better for working in dirty environments.

Leather work gloves
AMMEX offers multiple types of leather gloves for a variety of uses. Unlined leather driver gloves are cooler for longer wear. They are made out of grain leather and have a winged thumb. Unlined leather driving gloves are a great choice for machine operators to keep their hands comfortable while using equipment. Split cowhide gloves with a rubberized cuff are heavy duty for protection, and fleece lined in the palm to keep the hands warm. The rubberized gauntlet cuff helps the glove stay on the hand. These gloves are great for garden work, especially when handling tools or thorny plants. Alternatively, AMMEX offers split cowhide gloves with a starched cuff that may be more suitable for people with latex sensitivities.

String knit work gloves
These gloves are made from cotton and polyester well-suited for gardening and other yard work applications. They also come in a variety with double PVC dots for better grip.

Work glove liners
Sold in both cotton and nylon varieties, workers are able to use these glove liners inside other gloves or on their own. Nylon glove liners are lint free, making them well-suited for inspecting products on the line. Cotton glove liners make heavy duty work gloves more comfortable for longer wear.

Contact AMMEX to learn more about work gloves.

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Top 9 Safety Tips


Many workplaces have hazards that endanger workers, but many of these issues are avoidable with the proper training, safety gear and protocols. Here are the top workplace risks and what may be done to avoid them:

1. Keep areas free of clutter to prevent falls

Falls are one of the most common workplace injuries and resulted in 699 fatal injuries in 2013, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Of injuries where the height of the fall was reported, one in four workers fell from a height of 10 feet or less, calling attention to the risks of falls from a short height. Even in cases with no fatalities, falling to a lower level may cause serious injuries.

Falls often occur in the workplace because of cluttered areas, slippery or uneven floor surfaces, floor holes, wall openings, unprotected edges and improperly positioned ladders. Although the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Association has regulations requiring specific fall protection measures for different industries, falls may still be common due to a lack of safety culture in an organization. To avoid falls, companies should ensure all working areas are free from clutter. In addition, shoe covers with rubberized grips give workers better traction.

2. Implement a culture of safety

Understanding the unique risks at your company or in your industry helps managers create effective training. Emphasize the importance of safety so employees take it to heart. Workplace safety should be an early area of focus when new workers start at the company. Conduct regular inspections to identify anything that could become a hazard.

3. Keep emergency exits and equipment shutoffs accessible

Reducing clutter has multiple safety benefits. Not only will it reduce falls, but it also makes emergency exits more accessible. Maintaining clear access to emergency equipment shutoffs allows machinery to be turned off quickly.

4. Reduce workplace stress

Stressed out employees are more likely to be injured on the job. Long hours tire workers, making them less aware of their surroundings. Encourage workers to talk to their supervisors if they feel high levels of stress. Allow time for regular breaks so employees have a chance to recharge.

5. Lift correctly

Picking up heavy items improperly causes back injuries and chronic pain. Workers who need to lift heavy items should use proper form to avoid injury. Lift slowly and smoothly from the thighs, not the back. After picking up a heavy item, hold it close to the body. Use mechanical aids whenever possible to reduce the likelihood of back injuries.

6. Train workers on all tools and equipment

Heavy machinery introduces risks into the workplace when employees do not use equipment properly. Anyone who works with specific machinery should receive training. In addition, equipment should be regularly checked to ensure it stays in working order.

7. Report all hazards immediately

Safety is everyone’s responsibility. Encourage workers to report any unsafe conditions they notice in the facility to prevent injuries. Emphasizing the culture of safety increases reporting.

8. Understand chemical hazards

Workers in many industries encounter dozens of chemicals every day. Companies need to maintain a knowledge of all the chemicals they use and understand the health effects. OSHA recommends transitioning to safer chemicals. Some compounds have alternatives that present fewer health risks to employees. Only a small number of chemicals are regulated in the workplace, and 190,000 illnesses and 50,000 deaths are the result of chemical exposure every year, according to OSHA. Janitorial, automotive, pathology labs and other industries may be able to switch to chemicals that are less hazardous to workers and the environment.

9. Use the right personal protective equipment for the job

With risks in nearly every industry, some sectors must provide personal protective equipment for employees. All employees need to be educated on how to use PPE, and all gear should fit well and be comfortable, which encourages employees to make use of it. When it comes to disposable gloves for barrier protection, employers need to be mindful of chemical and puncture resistance, fit and latex sensitivities. All PPE should be tested before implemented across an organization. In addition to gloves, companies may need face masks, sleeves and other protective coverings.

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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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Not Without Gloves: Pesticides


Pesticides should always be handled with the proper barrier protection. Different formulations target various organisms, such as insects, rodents, algae, weeds and fungi. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulates the use of all pesticides and requires chemicals that have been registered for many years to be reassessed to ensure they meet current standards.

Pesticides typically come in organic or inorganic solutions with an active ingredient. Although some pesticide formulas are less toxic than others, they are still hazardous to human health in high levels, and anyone handling these products must protect themselves. Here are some of the hazardous chemicals commonly found in pesticides and effective gloves for handling each:

Naphthalene
Naphthalene is made from crude oil, coal tar or created when other chemicals burn. It was the first registered pesticide in the U.S. in 1948. Because this chemical is found in mothballs, it has been shown to cause anemia in infants when the clothing was not washed prior to wear, according to the National Pesticide Information Center at Oregon State University. It has been linked to anemia in adults as well. Although naphthalene breaks down in the environment over time, workers should wear gloves when handling pesticides that contain this chemical.

Latex, nitrile and vinyl gloves are all resistant to naphthalene. Because these types of gloves all provide protection from this chemical, it is easier for companies to accommodate people with latex sensitivities.

Paradichlorobenzene
Another common insecticide, paradichlorobenzene causes a burning sensation on the skin after prolonged contact. Nitrile gloves are recommended protection from skin exposure to this toxin.

Capsaicin
Even naturally occurring chemicals can cause harm. Capsaicin, for example, is a naturally occurring chemical that gives chili peppers their heat. It is used to deter mites, insects and animals. While it is safe for humans to eat, it may irritate the skin or eyes upon contact, especially when highly concentrated. The effects are temporary and it is considered a safer pesticide because it is a naturally occurring substance, but skin contact may cause pain. High concentrations of capsaicin may burn through latex gloves in a short time. Nitrile gloves provide greater protection from this harsh substance.

For any pesticide, it is important to know the solution’s chemical composition and then test disposal work gloves for resistance to identify safe exposure levels. Contact your AMMEX representative or contact us on our website to learn more about the right barrier protection and add gloves to your line up.

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Baby Care Products for the Growing Market


Child care is a growing industry, and day care facilities need to have the right supplies on hand. With the high number of children in care arrangements, child care providers go through a substantial amount of disposable gloves, changing table paper, baby wipes, bibs and diaper disposal bags.

In 2014, 11 million children under five years old in the U.S. attended day care each week, according to research from Child​ CareAware of America. These children spend an average of 36 hours per week in day care. With the amount of time the average child spends in daycare before entering preschool, it is no surprise how many supplies these facilities go through.

This is particularly evident with diaper disposal bags, for example. Babies one to five months old go through eight to 10 diapers per day, totaling 870 diapers per month, according to New Kids Center. Although the number of diapers per day may slow after a child’s first year, the total is still significant. The average American baby will go through 6,500 to 10,000 diapers before reaching 30 months old. The significant diaper usage from small children supports the necessity for products that help day care workers handle diapers.

“Day care facilities need bibs, wipes and diaper disposable bags to provide a superior level of care.”

Having the right supplies on hand
Rolls of sanitary changing table paper help employees maintain a sanitary environment. Along with diapers, childcare facilities should be well-stocked with baby wipes. AMMEX’s baby wipes are alcohol free and contain Vitamin E and aloe, making them safer for use on sensitive skin . Because of the hours children spend in day care, facilities stock poly bibs on hand for meal times, which feature a crumb pocket to limit the mess.Disposable bibs are beneficial for facilities that care for a large number of children, as they reduce the amount of laundry loads per day.

Child care facilities represent a significant opportunity for distributors because they use these supplies every day and go through them quickly.

Disposable gloves for child care
One overlooked supply for child care facilities is vinyl gloves. Gloves are needed for a variety of applications, including changing diapers, food preparation and general cleaning. For diaper changing, AMMEX Stretch Synthetic Vinyl Exam Gloves are an excellent fit because they are medical grade, making them more effective barrier protection. AMMEX GlovePlus Vinyl Gloves are well-suited for food preparation and cleaning the facility. Vinyl gloves are looser fitting than nitrile or latex, which makes them easier to don and doff. These gloves are less expensive than other materials, which helps day care facilities save money on something they use multiple times per day.

As the demand for child care services increases, day care providers need to consider their supplies. These facilities need to have the right changing table paper, baby wipes, diaper disposal bags and gloves on hand to offer a high quality of care. Distributors should make the most of this growing market for disposables.

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Not without Gloves: Salon Chemicals

Helping clients look their best may come at a price for salon workers because they are often exposed to hazardous chemicals. Hair and nail salon workers handle potentially toxic chemicals on a daily basis, and they need to know how to protect themselves. Employees must be aware of the risks and don the right personal protective equipment based on the chemicals they handle. Here are some common salon chemicals and barrier protection for each:

Acetone
A common ingredient in both nail polish remover and hairspray, acetone may cause skin irritation. In some cases, there may not be sufficient alternatives to allow salon workers to completely avoid exposure to this chemical. However, latex gloves offer superior barrier protection so employees minimize skin exposure. Vinyl is not resistant to acetone, so latex is the best choice for handling acetone. However, depending on the length of exposure to chemicals, nitrile may be a better choice to avoid exposure to latex.

Formaldehyde
Formaldehyde, which is often found in nail polish and nail hardeners, is one of the riskiest chemicals for salon workers to handle because it may cause cancer after long-term exposure. From short-term exposure, formaldehyde causes skin irritation and dermatitis. Even low concentrations of formaldehyde may lead to negative side effects. The U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) recommended respirators for handling formaldehyde. Many salons are well-ventilated, but N95-rated masks filter out dust and germs. Gloves should also be used to protect the skin. Latex, vinyl and nitrile gloves offer protection from this chemical for concentrations up to 99 percent.

Trichloroethylene
Often used in hair extension glue and lace wig glue, trichloroethylene may cause eye and skin irritation, as well as nausea and disorientation. Long-term exposure may lead to dermatitis and liver and kidney damage. Nitrile gloves provide protection against this chemical. In addition, vinyl gloves may be used for a limited time to guard against trichloroethylene exposure.

Dibutyl phthalate
Dibutyl phthalate is found in nail polish and may cause skin irritation. Within the selection of glove materials, nitrile gloves protect workers from dibutyl phthalate whereas latex gloves may be used for a limited time to protect from this chemical.

Toulene
Used in many different industries and common in a number of beauty products, including nail polish, nail glue, hair dye and hairpiece bonding, toulene is one of the most toxic chemicals in salons. It has been linked to skin rashes, nausea, eye irritation and headaches. If workers are exposed to this chemical for an extended length of time, it may lead to birth defects or the loss of a pregnancy. Because this chemical is so toxic, vinyl gloves may be used, but for only a limited time.

Because concentrations may vary, it is important to check the safety data sheet issued by the manufacturer and conduct in-house testing to determine the safe exposure time. Gloves should always be replaced if they are torn or compromised in any way. Although nitrile gloves offer barrier protection against many common salon chemicals, it is crucial to understand the recommendations for each solution. Concentrations may vary by manufacturer, and salons need to ensure they select the right gloves for the application. In addition to chemicals, salon workers need gloves to protect them from customers’ nails, blood or skin.

To learn more about what glove is best for the chemicals you may be using contact an AMMEX representative today or contact us on our website to get started on becoming a distributor. If you are already a distributor, speak with your salesperson to discover more about what AMMEX can offer for you.

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What Your Shelves Say about Your Disposable Gloves


Did you know salespeople are not the only ones who talk to consumers about the benefits of buying disposable gloves? If not, you forget important product advocates: your displays.

Gloves will not sell themselves. Strategic displays allow you to uncover the hidden potential of the glove line to sell more products and increase your sales. The good news is AMMEX Corporation’s products and Sales Acceleration Solution® (SAS) give you the tools you need to make your shelves talk the disposable gloves talk and entice consumers to buy your products.

What you get with AMMEX products
AMMEX packaging starts a visual conversation with consumers. Not only do the glove images speak in a language every customer understands, but they also present three views:

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  • Option A is to show the front face of the packaging to customers, which provides the largest surface area for viewing.
  • Option B is to stack the boxes with the side face pointing at the aisle, creating a display with a medium length and a short height.
  • The final view, option C, is to position the gloves with the more vertical face directed at customers, providing a shorter length but more height.

“Strategic displays allow you to increase your sales.”

How to display your glove inventory
The aforementioned configurations for displaying your gloves rely on your goals for the products and the shelf dimensions.

Here are some tips for arranging your gloves on shelving units:

  • To maximize space, use option B, as indicated on the right in the image below. Within a standard 12-foot shelving unit, this strategy allows for gloves to occupy four rows. As a result, you display more sizes across the space. However, this option provides only one view of the product. Another drawback of option B is this route presents challenges for placing barcode index numbers (BINs) on the sides of the shelves to indicate the products present. For instance, if you place four glove sizes on one shelf because you have the space, you must fit those four BINs in the same space.
  • To display both the front and one side panel of the packaging, use a combination of options A and C, as shown on the left side of the image. The trade-off here is space is sacrificed for greater visibility, but managing the BIN channel will be easier.
  • Keep in mind products at eye level attract the most customers. Consequently, it is best to place your most profitable glove products in this position. Also, consider the sizes that are more likely to sell to your customers. It is best practice to always display large and extra large gloves, and judge how many small and medium products to display based on demand.

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These are various options for displaying AMMEX products on your shelves.

Keeping the conversation going with shelf talkers
Now that customers have seen the product, how do you close the sale – especially when a salesperson cannot always be present? This is where your shelf talkers become integral.

Shelf talkers are materials that you display with the products to educate customers about their purchasing decision. These include the laminated chemical resistance and glove sizing chart that comes with your SAS kit. Because these items provide information on topics such as the difference between poly and vinyl gloves, you supply the details necessary to successfully convert a sale without having a glove expert in the area at all times.

Also, consider zip tying glove samples from your SAS kit to the shelf or leaving a master bag near the products. This gives customers an interactive shopping experience where they truly feel the difference between the many glove types. Plus, this tactic helps reduce shrinkage by eliminating the need for customers to open boxes to feel the glove materials.

Maximizing your sales
None of the aforementioned tips work if you do not use them effectively. When choosing between options A, B and C, the key to boosting sales is to select a glove assortment and product layout that caters to your customers. For instance, if your shelf space accommodates only a 1-foot configuration (the top row in the image), do not overload that space with small latex gloves if your business mostly services auto technicians who need the chemical protection of nitrile gloves and have larger hands.

Another consideration is where you put the gloves display in the store. To keep customers from having an ah-ha moment at home about a product they should have purchased at your store, put different glove types next to accompanying items in your store. In hardware and paint stores, for example, 90 percent of the products pair well with nitrile gloves. By placing these gloves with related products, you ensure customers get everything they need in one trip. Clip strips and glove project packs (pictured on the left in the above image) are perfect for this task.

Any vendor can sell you gloves. AMMEX is here to help you sell more. Contact an AMMEX representative today or contact us on our website to get started on becoming a distributor.

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Not without Gloves: Lacquer and Paint Thinners


Lacquer and paint thinners are harsh solvents that should not be handled without the correct personal protective equipment (PPE). This is because these substances, which are used in the construction, automotive, retail and maritime industries, present several health risks when they are not handled safely.

If certain workers use paint and lacquer thinners without gloves, they may experience dermatitis, skin irritation and numbness in the areas that come in in contact with the solvents. With repeated exposure to the chemicals, the side effects become more severe, ranging from liver disease to an increased risk of cancer, as indicated by material safety data sheets (MSDSs) for these solvents.

With these hazards in mind, always consider the following PPE for safe handling of paint and lacquer thinners:

The importance of disposable gloves
Disposable gloves protect workers’ hands while they use paint and lacquer thinners.

Nitrile gloves are perfect for handling these substances because they stand up to the specific chemicals that are typically found in these solvents. This is because they are made from a petroleum-based synthetic material that is designed to provide chemical resistance. According to an MSDS from GC Electronics, its paint thinner contains a mixture of toluene and hydrotreated naphtha – about 40-50 percent of each. Based on these chemicals, the data sheet recommended nitrile gloves for use because the material is resistant to this mixture.

Lacquer thinner, which has a higher solvency than paint thinner and is therefore a harsher substance, often contains chemicals such as methanol and hexane. Nitrile also provides sufficient resistance to these and other ingredients commonly found in lacquer thinners.

Workers should keep in mind the permeation times for each chemical in these solvents in relation to nitrile. For instance, the naphtha in a mixture will not wear down a nitrile glove quickly, but the permeation time could decrease if the solvent contains methyl ethyl ketone, which is not recommended for use with nitrile gloves. This chemical clearly degrades the glove material. Latex gloves are a better option for handling thinners with methyl ethyl ketone but for only a limited duration per glove pair.

Face masks
Paint and lacquer thinners can be used with spray applicators. Also, they are often present in lacquers and paint to thin those coatings for use with a spray applicator. To reduce the inhalation risk, workers should don N-95-rated face masks. These products will prevent individuals from directly inhaling the solvents during the spraying process. It is important to note face masks address the risk of particles from the spray solutions entering the nose and mouth but do not filter vapors. Depending on the compounds being sprayed, a respirator mask is appropriate for more dangerous chemical use.

The importance of on-site testing and glove changes
When selecting PPE for handling any chemical, it is important to conduct on-site testing. This is particularly true of paint and lacquer thinners, as chemical mixtures for these substances vary by manufacturer. Testing allows workers to have a more accurate picture of permeation times and degradation, which provides a better idea of how often workers must change gloves and which material works best based on the task.

The chemical being sprayed will set the tone for the best glove choice. The GlovePlus HD Heavy Duty Nitrile Exam Gloves are the most commonly used gloves for lacquer and paint thinners.

Stay tuned for the next installment in our series, which will cover the best PPE for salons.

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