September is Food Safety Month: Why Use Disposable Gloves?

The National Restaurant Association celebrates National Food Safety Month, every September as a way to increase awareness and education about proper food handling. The month-long event was established in 1994 and promotes food safety awareness through prevention and protection.  September is Food Safety Month:  Why Use Gloves?

Food Safety Month is an ideal time to highlight the benefits of disposable glove use in industrial applications such as food service, food processing and even home-use.  Restaurants and other food service venues all have a need to protect employees who need disposable gloves for safe food handling.  That equals

Did you know that the disposable glove revenue from the food service industry is an estimated $3.3 billion?

That number represents a lot of glove sales!  In fact, disposable glove revenue will continue to grow 29 percent to $4.3 billion in glove revenue opportunity by 2022. Throughout Food Safety Month this September, AMMEX will support NFSM and help to educate buyers regarding the uses of gloves.

Food Safety in Restaurants
The NRA comprises 970,000 restaurant and food service outlets in the U.S., covering a workforce of close to 13 million employees. The term food service also applies to any environment in which food is served, including sit-down restaurants, food trucks, college cafeterias, and more. If staff members handle or serve food, it is a food service establishment, which means they need to be aware of proper sanitation and hygiene guidelines.

Why Use Gloves In the Food Industry?
Everyone involved in the food service industry, all have one thing in common: the need to be proactive  about containing possible pathogens and protecting employees and consumers from illnesses. Disposable gloves are among the first line of defense against foodborne illnesses like norovirus and salmonella, as well as bacteria that may be transferred to food through contamination, such as E.coli or hepatitis A. That’s why the NRA’s NFSM events are so important: It helps food service organizations prevent foodborne pathogens. When it comes to food service workers and hygiene, another trusted authority on food safety and proper handling is the CDC. Consider the following statics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Did You Know?

Help-Prevent-Norovirus-Outbreaks-in-the-Food-Service-IndustryAbout 20 million people get sick from norovirus each year

Help-Prevent-Norovirus-Outbreaks-in-the-Food-Service-Industry#1 cause of outbreaks from contaminated food in the US.

Help-Prevent-Norovirus-Outbreaks-in-the-Food-Service-IndustryInfected food workers cause about 70% of reported outbreaks

Norovirus and other foodborne illnesses from contaminated food are common in the food service industry.  Unfortunately, food service workers often go to work when they are sick and may contaminate food.  Of outbreaks caused by infected food workers, 54% involve food workers touching ready-to-eat-foods with their bare hands. Ready-to-eat foods are foods that are ready to be served without additional preparation, such as washed raw fruits and vegetables for salads or sandwiches, baked goods, or items that have already been cooked.Observations of food service workers have shown that they practice proper hand washing only 1 in 4 times.

Observations of food service workers have shown that they practice proper hand washing only 1 in 4 times.

What Can be Done?

Prevention, protection and policies are some of the key actions to take in fighting food contamination and foodborne illness. Tools such as disposable gloves and personal protective equipment are essential in protecting consumers.

Food service industry can

  • Adhere to food safety laws and regulations.
  • Certify kitchen managers and train food service workers in food safety practices.
  • Establish policies that require workers to stay home while sick with vomiting and diarrhea for at least 48 hours after symptoms stop.
  • Foster a work environment that encourages workers to stay home when sick, by considering such measures such as paid sick leave and a staffing plan that includes on-call workers.

Food service workers can

  • Tell a manager when sick with symptoms of norovirus such as vomiting and diarrhea.
  • Wash hands carefully and often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the restroom.
  • Use single-use disposable gloves to avoid touching ready-to-eat foods with bare hands.
  • Regularly clean and sanitize kitchen surfaces and frequently touched objects, using a chlorine based product or other sanitizer approved by the Environmental Protection Agency for use against norovirus.
  • Immediately block off, clean, and disinfect areas where there has been a vomiting or diarrheal incident.
  • Carefully wash fruits and vegetables and avoid serving undercooked (below 140°F) oysters and other shellfish.
  • Visit www.FoodSafety.gov for the latest information.

The CDC strongly recommends food workers use disposable gloves to avoid touching food with bare hands.

September is Food Safety Month:  Why Use Disposable Gloves?

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.  Food service disposable gloves can help prevent food contamination and foodborne illness in the food service industry.  Protecting workers and consumers against foodborne illness is a major concern in the food service industry. Tarnished reputations and decreased profits are the consequences when restaurants have to close due to foodborne illness.

No matter what the application or the needs of your staff, AMMEX has a glove that fits.  Regardless of which disposable gloves food service workers use, poly, vinyl, and latex disposable gloves are a smart investment for the foodservice industry.
Thousands of distributors rely on AMMEX to supply their customers in the food service industry with high-quality AMMEX disposable gloves. Contact us today to become an AMMEX distributor and learn how we help our distributors grow their glove sales on average of 31%!  Be sure to follow along with us through the month of September and show your support for Food Safety Month by using the #FoodSafetyMonth and #FoodSafetyGloves
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What are the Benefits of Disposable Nitrile Gloves?


Disposable nitrile gloves offer superior performance in a variety of work applications and across a broad range of industries. Nitrile disposable gloves are a popular alternative to latex gloves in many professions. There are lots of reasons why disposable nitrile gloves are the best choice for tough jobs.  What are the benefits of disposable nitrile gloves?   

Nitrile gloves are highly puncture resistant – three to five times more so than latex.

What are the benefits of nitrile disposable gloves?

Many professions rely on the durability of Nitrile gloves, especially when exposure to blood borne pathogens and other environmental contaminants are of concern. Nitrile gloves, such as, AMMEX Powder Free Indigo Nitrile Exam, are FDA approved for medical use and are highly puncture resistant providing excellent durability, and barrier protection. These gloves are powder free, so you don’t have to worry about messy powder when working with fresh adhesives or ink. AMMEX Powder Free Indigo Nitrile gloves are commonly used by medical and dental professionals, tattoo artists, spas and salons, and in laboratory settings. These gloves are also FDA approved for food service.  AMMEX nitrile exam gloves are perfect for doctors, nurses, emergency medical technicians, tattoo artists, dentists, veterinary, and laboratory workers.

 

They provide a stronger barrier of protection and offer greater chemical resistance.

What are the benefits of nitrile gloves?

Nitrile rubber is more resistant than natural rubber to chemicals, oils and acids, and has superior strength. Nitrile disposable gloves such as AMMEX Gloveworks Heavy Duty Orange Nitrile gloves, are three times more puncture-resistant than latex and are more chemical resistant than latex or vinyl. In fact, nitrile is recommended for employees working with 67 percent of chemicals, 28 percent more than latex or vinyl.  Heavy Duty Orange Nitrile gloves are one of AMMEX’s premium glove products – ideal for many industries and situations, such as automotive, manufacturing, janitorial, plumbing, paint shops, heavy duty and industrial applications. When it comes to versatility, it is hard to beat AMMEX’s Heavy Duty Orange Nitrile Gloves!

 

Nitrile Gloves are latex-free, so anyone with a latex allergy can work safely and comfortably.

What are the benefits of nitrile disposable gloves?

Nitrile gloves have become the preferred synthetic alternative to natural rubber and are ideal when latex allergies are of concern. More medical professionals rely on the latex-free dependability of Nitrile gloves. Exam grade disposable gloves, such as AMMEX powder free nitrile gloves, are FDA approved for medical use and provides excellent strength, durability, and barrier protection against bloodborne pathogens and other environmental contaminants. The micro-roughened finish on the surface of the glove gives you a non-slip grip when gloves are either wet or dry.  These nitrile gloves are perfect for medical and dental professionals, child care and senior care.

 

Nitrile conforms to the shape of your hand, providing a snug and comfortable fit.What are the benefits of nitrile disposable gloves?

As body heat warms nitrile gloves, they conform closely to the hand for a better, comfortable fit.  Nitrile gloves such as AMMEX GlovePlus Black Nitrile, a premium industrial grade standard nitrile glove, are 50% thicker than standard nitrile gloves for added durability so that each pair of gloves lasts longer while you’re working.  They are more elastic than vinyl and can be used in a variety of applications, including automotive, manufacturing, janitorial and sanitation services, the industrial, safety and chemical industries and are FDA approved for food service. 

 

A lower resistance to friction makes nitrile gloves, easier to don and doff.

What are the benefits of nitrile disposable gloves?

Nitrile rubber gloves alone have a lower coefficient of friction, making them easier to don and doff.  However, during the disposable glove manufacturing process, finishes are applied, allowing glove users to don and doff with ease, creating a seamless experience as they change gloves.  When the finish is applied to nitrile gloves it provides the following features and benefits:

  • Powder makes the gloves easier to don by absorbing excess moisture on the hands.
  • Polymer coating makes the gloves easier to slip onto the hands with a slicker finish.
  • Chlorination reduces the tackiness of the material and makes it softer.

Industries such as food processing and food service, frequently change gloves. General purpose gloves such as, AMMEX X3 Blue Nitrile gloves, offers seamless glove changes, which is perfect for short duration applications where frequent glove changes are required.  This nitrile glove is an industrial grade, blue, disposable glove commonly used in industries where dexterity is needed, such as, for food processing, janitorial, manufacturing, automotive and industrial applications. X3 gloves are also FDA approved for food service.

Nitrile gloves are versatile and their benefits are used across a large spectrum of industries. For countless industries, nitrile gloves are an ideal choice because they can offer numerous more benefits than either latex or vinyl for many applications.  


Looking for nitrile gloves? AMMEX has you covered. AMMEX offers an outstanding selection of both industrial grade nitrile and exam/medical grade options. Our latex free disposable nitrile glove line-up is certain to have the right glove for your application. Looking for powder free nitrile gloves or powdered nitrile gloves, AMMEX has them. When it comes to color options, AMMEX offers orange nitrile gloves, black nitrile gloves, blue nitrile gloves, indigo nitrile gloves and green nitrile gloves, and when it comes to style options, we have extra thick and extra long nitrile gloves as well.

Contact us today to get started on becoming a distributor, or to add nitrile gloves to your line up.  If you are already a distributor, speak with your salesperson to discover the advantages of our Sales Acceleration Solution®.  Stay informed on industry trends by following us on Facebook.

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Beyond Medical Exam Gloves


Did you know workers in the medical and dental industries use an average of 15 pairs of disposable gloves each day which is 3,960 pairs each year? While this number may appear high, it is not that different – or even the highest usage – compared to glove usage in other industries.

When people think of disposable gloves, they often picture doctors or nurses snapping latex gloves on their hands. However, the medical and dental industries are far from the only places where gloves are used.

Let’s consider the glove revenue for these combined industries, which was nearly $5 billion in 2012. While this is an impressive figure, it is a little more than half the glove revenue for the industrial safety industry. If this is not enough of an indication of how medical and dental glove usage is just a small part of the total market, consider that the revenue share for this sector was approximately 27 percent of the total in 2012.

This is all not to say there are not still opportunities for glove use in exam settings – all applications are projected to see significant growth. Yet, the data does indicate there are a wealth of opportunities to get workers in various industries the gloves they need to get the job done.

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Disposable Gloves in the Food Industry


When it comes to disposable glove usage in the food processing and food service industries, the phrase “less is more” finds a home.

These industries have the highest glove usage of all sectors – 20 pairs per worker each day on average. However, employees use some of the most affordable glove materials: polyethylene and polyvinyl chloride. Because these gloves are inexpensive, they’re perfect for the two food industries, where workers change gloves often.

Consider the combined 2012 disposable glove revenue for these industries, which was $3.3 billion and the second-highest among all industries. With an affordable price point, imagine how many pairs of gloves that figure represents. Customers can purchase a lot of gloves to get the protection they need at a low price. In the end, poly and vinyl gloves offer the value and ease food service workers need.  Become an AMMEX distributor today to learn more about gloves suitable for the food industry.

“Take a look at this handy infographic to determine the right glove for the right job in the food industry.”

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