Why Safety Matters for All Industries


June is National Safety Month and workplace safety is no accident.  In fact, occupational accidents and injuries affect every industry and can majorly impact an employer’s bottom line.  Businesses spend $170 billion a year on costs associated with occupational injuries and Illness. However, workplace accidents can be substantially reduced with a solid safety program incorporating personal protective equipment (PPE). This June, we encourage you to learn more about why safety matters for all industries.  Each week during National Safety Month, AMMEX will share valuable industry-specific topics, tips, and trends that you can reshare or send directly so you are a Safety Expert for your clients #‎SafetyMatters.

Safety Matters for All Industries

    • Week 1:  Safety Month Launch
    • Week 2:  JanSan Industry
    • Week 3:  Automotive Industry
    • Week 4:  Food Service Industry
    • Week 5:  Medical and Dental Industry

Why Safety Matters for All Industries

Workplace safety affects all industries – whether it’s food safety in the food service industry, chemical safety in janitorial and sanitation, or protection against biological agents in the medical and dental industry – whatever the case workplace safety matters to every industry.  In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that workplace injuries reached 3.0 million in 2014 and occurred across all occupations.  Workplace injuries can significantly impact an employer’s bottom line.

“Creating a safe workplace is becoming increasingly important to business success.”

Employers that invest in workplace safety can expect to reduce fatalities, injuries, and illnesses. This will result in cost savings in a variety of areas, such as lowering workers’ compensation costs and medical expenses, avoiding OSHA penalties, and reducing costs to train replacement employees and conduct accident investigations. In addition, employers often find that changes made to improve workplace safety and health can result in significant improvements to their organization’s productivity and financial performance.

“Because much work is done with the hands, gloves are essential for workplace safety programs.”

Fatalities and injuries can be substantially reduced with the use of personal protective equipment (PPE).  Any form of PPE that acts as a barrier between the skin and the agent of exposure can be considered skin protection. Gloves are an essential tool in protecting workers. Some examples of gloves commonly used as PPE include leather work gloves and disposable gloves such as nitrile, latex, vinyl or poly.  Many different gloves are used for protection, generally against biological agents, chemical agents, and mechanical trauma.  Other than gloves, protection worn for the purpose of protecting the skin is considered personal protection equipment such as face masks, poly sleeves, aprons, and hair nets.

National Safety Month is a great time for employers to evaluate workplace safety programs and safety equipment. The benefits of a workplace safety program can directly affect the company’s bottom line, reducing costs and improving productivity.  AMMEX disposable gloves are sold by AMMEX distributors and trusted by the most prominent end users across a variety of industries.  Contact us today to become a distributor and supply your customers with superior quality disposable gloves and barrier protection products.

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Surprising Tips for Using Disposable Gloves in the Kitchen


The kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s where countless good times are shared over family dinners and where important conversations often take place as meals are prepared.  We cook, eat, entertain, and just hang out in the kitchen.  The kitchen is not only the heart of the home it is also the mission control for a lot of home tasks.  Home tasks require the right tools to complete the job. In fact, disposable gloves are ideal for many home use tasks, especially in the kitchen. Beyond cleaning tasks, consider these surprising tips for using disposable gloves in the kitchen.

 

Stop the Burn

Surprising Tips for Using Disposable Gloves in the Kitchen

Disposable gloves in the kitchen are a smart way to protect your hands from burning when cutting Jalapeños or any hot peppers. Most people associate jalapeño peppers with the burning sensation in the mouth when eating the pepper. However, just as unpleasant is the jalapeño skin burn that you can get from simply touching the pepper during food preparation. The burn from jalapeño pepper is caused by the chemical capsaicin that is naturally found in the pepper.  Food-safe disposable gloves such as AMMEX GlovePlus Vinyl Powdered Gloves creates a barrier of protection, stopping the burn before it starts.  Vinyl is ideal for safety and hygiene for a variety of kitchen tasks. Featuring powder on the inside of the glove, and a beaded cuff at the base, this glove is easy to don, even if your hands are damp. The powder makes the glove more comfortable, and will absorb sweat when you’re working in the kitchen.

 

Separating the Yolk

Surprising Tips for Using Disposable Gloves in the Kitchen

Separating an egg yolk from the white is one of the most universally dreaded kitchen tasks out there. Most cooks prefer using their hands or the egg’s own shell to separate them. For those who don’t like getting messy, and want to practice safe food handling, wearing disposable gloves such as AMMEX GPX3 Vinyl is the perfect solution.  This single-use vinyl glove features a smooth polymer coating, so it is easy to switch gloves when you need a fresh pair.  Not only is vinyl cheaper than latex and nitrile, but it features a more generous fit because vinyl is less stretchy. The PVC vinyl material also features excellent tactile sensitivity and is ideal for food tasks in the kitchen. 

 

Toss the Salad

Surprising Tips for Using Disposable Gloves in the Kitchen

Another surprising tip for using disposable gloves in the kitchen is for salad tossing.  Most chefs will agree that the best tool you can use for mixing salad is your hands. Using disposable gloves such as AMMEX Stretch Poly in the kitchen makes food preparation less messy and safer for you and your family. Using your gloved hands to toss the salad allows air to get into the mix and incorporates the ingredients in a more distributed way. Drizzle your dressing along the walls of your bowl, then lightly toss your greens with your gloved hands, until the dressing is evenly distributed. This glove has enhanced elasticity. The stretch polyethylene material will give you excellent dexterity and also improved puncture resistance when compared to other poly gloves. There’s no powder inside the gloves so you don’t have to worry about messy powder residue and there’s no need to wash your hands after your food prep is done!

 

Guard Against Strong Food Odors

Surprising Tips for Using Disposable Gloves in the Kitchen

Onions, garlic and seafood are a few good reasons to don disposable gloves in the kitchen. Sometimes after handling these foods, even multiple hand washing will not remove lingering food odors from hands.  GlovePlus Blue Vinyl is an ideal disposable glove choice when handling food with strong odors. Vinyl gloves contain no latex proteins, so those allergic or sensitive to latex can work safely and comfortably. In work environments, they are commonly used for food service, janitorial, and plumbing applications – making these vinyl gloves a general purpose disposable glove at work and home.

 

Get UnstuckSurprising Tips for Using Disposable Gloves in the Kitchen

Disposable gloves are an essential tool in the kitchen, especially when it comes to opening tight lids on jars.  Nitrile gloves such as  AMMEX Heavy Duty Orange Nitrile Disposable Gloves feature, 60% more surface area than a standard nitrile glove and over 3000 raised diamonds per glove for incredible grip!  Lightly grab hold of the lid and twist, the disposable glove gives you more gripping power and will open the lid with ease.  This heavy duty nitrile glove also features excellent chemical resistance from common chemicals and is ideal for cleaning jobs in the kitchen when exposure to cleaning products is of concern.

Barrier Protection from Foodbourne Illness

Surprising Tips for Using Disposable Gloves in the Kitchen

These surprising tips for using disposable gloves in the kitchen, not only save time and minimize messy tasks they also provide a barrier of protection from foodbourne illness.  According to the CDC, there are more than 250 different foodborne illnesses. Each year, one in six Americans get sick from contaminated foods or beverages.  Foodborne illness is a common, yet preventable, health problem. Keep a 100 box count of disposable gloves in your kitchen drawer, such as AMMEX AntiMicrobial Vinyl Gloves which contains an antimicrobial agent to help inhibit the growth of microorganisms. It is powder-free so it leaves no residue, reducing the risk of contamination compared to a powdered glove. Disposable gloves help prevent foodbourne illness and help make clean up a snap.

Regardless of your tasks at home, having a box of disposable gloves on hand in the kitchen is sure to make food preparation safer, cleaner and quicker.  When choosing the right glove for the right job in the kitchen make sure that the gloves are deemed food safe.  If latex allergies are of concern then nitrile, vinyl or poly disposable gloves are alternative choices, since they contain no allergy causing natural rubber.  For all of your disposable glove needs in the kitchen and around the home, count on AMMEX disposable gloves and barrier protection products.

 

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Don’t Dare without Donning a Pair


AMMEX is pleased to announce the 2nd Annual #NotWithoutGloves Twitter Contest from April 2nd to April 21st, 2016.  Enter for your chance to win weekly prizes followed by three final grand prizes!  What wouldn’t you touch without gloves?  Enter to win starting April 2, 2016 and don’t dare without donning a pair!

#NotWithoutGloves Twitter Contest

Here are the simple steps to enter the AMMEX #NotWithoutGloves Twitter Contest that starts on April 2, 2016.

Review Official Contest Rules
Start by reading the official contest rules before entering the AMMEX #NotWithoutGloves Twitter Contest.

Follow and Share
Start following AMMEX, @youneedgloves, on Twitter between April 2nd, 2016 and April 21st, 2016. Next, share an original photo on Twitter showing what you wouldn’t touch without gloves @youneedgloves with #notwithoutgloves during the contest to be entered to win.

Don't Dare without donning a pair

Win Prizes
AMMEX will select three eligible weekly winners, one for each week of the contest and three eligible grand prize winners at the end of the contest period.  Images submitted to the #NotWithoutGloves Twitter Contest will be judged based on creativity, composition quality, originality, overall impact and must meet the official contest rules.

Grand Prizes
First Place – $100 Amazon Gift Card
Second Place $50 Amazon Gift Card
Third Place – $25 Amazon Gift Card

Weekly Prizes
Three lucky weekly winners will receive one box of Gloveworks Orange Nitrile gloves for each week of the three-week contest.

Details 
Don’t forget, to review and agree to the official contest rules and good luck!  Sharing the Photo in the #NotWithoutGloves Twitter contest constitutes agreement to the official contest rules. By sharing the Photo @youneedgloves and tagging it with #notwithoutgloves, each participant receives one (1) entry into the contest.  No purchase necessary to enter or win. This  contest is open to legal residents of the United States residing in the 48 contiguous states, Alaska, Hawaii, or the District of Columbia who are 18 years of age or older.  Finish reading the official contest rules.


AMMEX Corporation is a premier importer and distributor of high-quality disposable gloves and barrier protection products. Established in 1988, AMMEX grew into a multinational corporation with offices in the United States, Philippines, China, and Malaysia. Our focus is to support AMMEX’s wholesale distributors with quality products, outstanding service, competitive prices, and proven marketing support to grow their glove sales. Today, AMMEX proudly supplies a wide selection of nitrile, latex, vinyl and poly disposable gloves along with personal protection equipment to thousands of distributors in a variety of industries. Whether your clients are in the medical and dental, food service and food processing, janitorial and sanitation or automotive and manufacturing industries, AMMEX has the gloves you need.  Contact us to become a distributor today!

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Help Prevent Norovirus Outbreaks in the Food Service Industry


The Norovirus is commonly associated with wide-spread illness that occurs on cruise ships, but those account for only about 1% of all reported norovirus outbreaks. Recent news of Norovirus affecting a popular restaurant chain confirms that it can occur anywhere people gather or food is served.  Infected people can spread norovirus to others through close contact or by contaminating food and surfaces. Food service workers who have the norovirus can contaminate food and make many people sick. However, there are ways to help prevent norovirus outbreaks in the food service industry such as following food service safety practices like proper barrier protection and hygiene policies.

A Boston-area Chipotle has been shut down temporarily after an employee was diagnosed with norovirus and two others reported similar symptoms,CBS Boston reports.

News such as this highlights the facts that the Norovirus, is highly contagious – often spread by infected food service workers – and immediate action should be taken to help prevent norovirus outbreaks in the food service industry.

Consider these Norovirus statistics from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

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 outbreaks from contaminated food are common in the food service industry because food service industry 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.

Norovirus is hard to kill and stays on food, kitchen surfaces, and utensils. It can remain infectious on foods even at freezing temperatures and until heated above 140°F and can stay on countertops and serving utensils for up to 2 weeks.  Norovirus can also be resistant to many common disinfectants and hand sanitizers.

What can be done to help prevent norovirus outbreaks in the food service industry?

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.

Due to the nature of the food service industry – where workers directly handle food  – disposable glove usage in this sector is common. The U.S. Federal Drug Administration (FDA) requires all employees to wash their hands if they make contact with food. However, when it comes to the prevention of norovirus, food service disposable gloves are the most effective barrier protection according to the CDC – it helps to prevent the spread of the norovirus.

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

Food service disposable gloves, such as polyethylene gloves commonly referred to as poly gloves are a popular choice in the food service industry.  Disposable poly gloves such as, AMMEX Poly are ideal for food service since they are single-use and workers tend to switch between various light-duty tasks, and they need a disposable glove that can accommodate their workflow.

Another popular single-use disposable glove for food service is polyvinyl chloride (PVC), also known as vinyl.  Disposable gloves such as AMMEX AntiMicrobial Vinyl are single use, FDA approved for food service and they contain an antimicrobial agent to help inhibit the growth of microorganisms.

Regardless of which disposable gloves food service workers use, poly, vinyl, and latex disposable gloves are a smart investment for the food service industry.  Food service disposable gloves can help prevent norovirus outbreaks in the food service industry – protecting workers and consumers against foodborne illness – And helps to protect businesses against tarnished reputations and decreased profits when restaurants have to close due to outbreaks.  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%!

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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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Disruptive Technology: Be Confident with AMMEX


A disruptive technology is one that displaces an established technology and shakes up the industry or a ground-breaking product that creates a completely new industry.  The explosion in popularity of mobile devices, social media, cloud solutions, big data and the Internet of Things (IoT) are forcing organizations to change the way they do business. Has your Glove Vendor taken the right steps to navigate and leverage disruptive technologies? Disruptive Technology: Be Confident with AMMEX

How have the following disruptive technologies changed your everyday way of life?

  • The personal computer (PC) displaced the typewriter and forever changed the way we work and communicate.
  • Email transformed the way we communicate, largely displacing letter-writing and disrupting the postal and greeting card industries.
  • Smartphones largely replaced cell phones and PDAs and, because of the available apps, also disrupted: pocket cameras, MP3 players, calculators and GPS devices, among many other possibilities.
  • For some mobile users, smartphones often replace laptops. Others prefer a tablet.
  • Cloud computing has been a hugely disruptive technology in the business world, displacing many resources that would conventionally have been located in-house or provided as a traditionally hosted service.
  • Social networking has had a major impact on the way we communicate and — especially for personal use — disrupting telephone, email, instant messaging and event planning.

One of the most consistent patterns in business is the failure of leading companies to stay at the top of their industries when technologies or markets change.  Companies must formulate a strategic plan that includes core competencies and future business objectives, and is in step with the customer and the changing global marketplace.

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What has your glove vendor done for you?

When you place an order with your disposable glove vendor, do you get everything in one shipment? During a busy season, waiting on products on backorder is not good for business, especially if you do not want to lose customers to the competition.

Partnering with AMMEX Corporation, getting the supply you need at the right time is not something you will worry about. We use top notch supply chain management technology and strategies to ensure your complete order arrives on time.  Here at AMMEX we leverage disruptive technology and have plans in place for the changing global marketplace and disruptive technology.

AMMEX Distributors can rest assured, our fill rate is 99.6% and our order accuracy rate is 99.8%.

To stay competitive in the fast changing global marketplace, companies need to have an innovative, growth-focused mentality and leverage disruptive technology.  For AMMEX, that means integrating new technology to maintain a global presence and more effectively reach customers. We have remained technology competitive by integrating systems such as QR codes, Doc-link, Vidyo, and our new state-of-the-art Website.

Technology always evolves. The most successful companies understand how to take advantage of new advancements and use them to improve business. When it comes to disruptive technology you can be confident with AMMEX.  We are proud to remain innovative in a fast-changing global business environment and will continue to look for the next best technology that makes internal processes more efficient and improves relationships with customers.

The organizations that can turn disruption into a business opportunity and quickly execute a strategy will be in better position to succeed. Those that can’t may spend a lot of time trying to catch-up, and some may never do so.

Anyone can sell you gloves, AMMEX helps you sell more gloves. AMMEX distributors grow their gloves sales an average of 31% annually. AMMEX carries the widest variety of disposable glove products to meet your customer needs.  Contact us today to become a distributor and to learn how AMMEX can grow your glove sales.

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A Spooktacular Halloween with Disposable Gloves


Halloween is upon us, and disposable gloves should be as much of a staple as candy is in stores and households. Gloves have many applications on Allhallows Eve ranging from decorations to costumes.

Here are a few ways to use gloves for a fun and spooky Halloween:

Give homemade costumes more pizzazz
Whether for the sake of creativity or cost savings, many people like to make costumes for themselves or their children. Picking up a few items from a local thrift shop lends to the basic parts of many costumes, and disposable gloves serve as the icing on the cake.  For instance, no werewolf, witch or zombie costume is complete without creepy hands. Add claws by attaching glue-on false nails and apply paint or fake hair. To craft a costume inspired by the 1944 classic The Mummy’s Curse, use glue to wrap the glove in strips of white cloth.

For those who prefer to go heroic rather than frightening on Halloween, disposable gloves are perfect for a homemade superhero costume, especially AMMEX’s Gloveworks Heavy Duty Orange Nitrile gloves. The raised-diamond texture provides superior grip for grabbing candy, and the high-visibility color is perfect for maintaining safety while trick-or-treating after sundown.

Jazz up the party snacks
In addition to the door-to-door hunt for candy, many people will find themselves at parties this Halloween. If hosts want more creep factor for their drinks, they should grab a disposable glove. Simply fill the glove with water or flavored drink and freeze. Remove the glove once the liquid is frozen and add to the punch bowl for a chilling beverage.  Create an eerie snack for guests by putting one candy corn or Hershey kiss in each finger of a disposable glove. Fill the rest of the glove with popcorn and tie off the wrist opening for a monster hand treat.

“Disposable gloves are perfect formers for Halloween decorations.  Also, keep a few of the extra gloves handy for food prep and distribution. Poly gloves are great for this task if you need to switch gloves often.”

Create creeptacular decorations

What Halloween gathering is complete without decorations?

Disposable gloves are perfect formers for more than a way to chill drinks. For spine-tingling lighting, make a few hand-shaped candles. Simply fill the glove with hot beeswax, peel the glove away once the wax hardens and add wicks. If there are any extra gloves and cloth left over from the mummy costume, use these materials for decoration. Use cotton balls or another filler to make mummy hands to display around the house.

Play it safe while decorating

Costumes are not the only aspect of Halloween that people like to make by hand. Many consumers like to handcraft decorations for their homes or businesses. Whether wood cut outs or milk jug jack-o’-lanterns, decorators need to worry about safety as much as creativity.  Spray paint, for example, is useful for applying the iconic orange and black to decorations. With gloves, artists ensure the paint goes on their projects and not their hands. The same is true for wood stains, which contain chemicals that may be harmful to skin after prolonged use.

While ghosts, ghouls and goblins may present a fright this Halloween, harsh chemicals, bloodborne pathogens, foodborne illnesses and other risks are no match for the right barrier protection.

 

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Glove Potential in Restaurants


The restaurant industry represents one of the greatest opportunities for glove sales. According to data from the National Restaurant Association, there are roughly 1 million restaurant locations in the U.S. and 14 million restaurant employees. On top of that, workers in food service use gloves more than employees in just about any other industry. With each individual worker using an average of 20 pairs of gloves every single day, the restaurant industry collectively goes through more than 200 million pairs of gloves on a daily basis.

“Each restaurant worker goes through 20 pairs of gloves every day.”

The reason those in the foodservice industry utilize gloves so heavily is because of the safety regulations that govern this environment. Foodservice employees must either wash their hands or wear gloves whenever they handle ingredients that customers will consume to prevent the spread of pathogens. Here are a few of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s guidelines for hand sanitation and glove usage:

  • Workers must minimize bare hand and arm contact with exposed food that is not ready to eat.
  • Gloves or utensils such as tongs and spatulas must be used for contact with exposed, ready-to-eat foods except when washing fruits and vegetables.
  • Gloves can be used for a single task and must be discarded when workers switch to a new task, the gloves become soiled or the task is interrupted.

Workers in foodservice tend to use poly or vinyl gloves because they are relatively inexpensive – an important consideration for companies that know employees will switch gloves frequently. These industries avoid latex gloves in case some of the proteins pass into the food and cause a customer to have an allergic reaction. Nitrile gloves are more durable but with a higher price point, making them less appealing for foodservice. However, for certain jobs where puncture resistance is needed or even for cleaning up at the end of a shift, nitrile gloves may come in handy at restaurants.

Contact us or your AMMEX representative to learn more about gloves suitable for the restaurant industry.

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Gloves in Cafeterias


Gloves are a necessity in cafeterias around the country to ensure food safety. When people think of food production environments, cafeterias don’t often come to mind, but there are many of these establishments around the country. According to the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are more than 400,000 people employed in cafeterias across the U.S., in schools, hospitals, continuing care facilities and even office buildings. Schools are the most prominent of these environments, with more than 120,000 individuals in school cafeterias.

With foodservice overall set to to increase 29 percent to become a $4.3 billion market by 2022, this creates a great opportunity for distributors to sell more gloves! In the foodservice industry, employees are required to change gloves with every new task, meaning these institutions require a large number of gloves on hand to accommodate all the different tasks that need to be performed.

For those in the foodservice industry, vinyl and nitrile gloves are generally the smartest choices because they are durable and lack latex proteins which can contribute to sensitivity. Vinyl gloves provide great dexterity by conforming closely to the hand. Antimicrobial gloves can also be used to more effectively prevent the transfer of harmful bacteria.

​Meanwhile, nitrile reacts to body temperature, which makes it conform for a perfect fit. Nitrile gloves also feature three times the puncture resistance of latex, which is useful in an environment that requires the use of sharp objects. Nitrile is also a smart choice for cleaning tasks, as it is resistant to many cleaning chemicals.

Contact us or your AMMEX representative to learn more about nitrile and vinyl gloves in cafeteria environments.

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Why Disposable Gloves are the MVP of Football


With the countdown to the National Football League 2015 season looming, not to mention thousands of high schools and colleges preparing for upcoming seasons of their own, it is worthwhile to consider the place disposable gloves hold in football stadiums.

This year’s NFL kickoff takes place on Thursday, Sept. 10 at Gillette Field in Foxborough, Massachusetts, where the Pittsburgh Steelers will face off against the New England Patriots. According to the stadium’s website, up to 5,000 staff members are needed to operate the stadium for each game, including food service, janitors, medical professionals and vehicle support. The number may be larger or smaller in high school and college stadiums around the country, but one thing is for sure: Football stadiums require quite an arsenal of disposable gloves to meet the needs of employees. While the athletes themselves won’t sport nitrile, latex, or vinyl gloves, there are many employees in the background who rely on gloves to get their jobs done. Where would a football stadium be without food service employees to keep hungry fans happy, janitors to keep the stadium clean, physicians to deal with injuries and vehicle support staff to ensure players make it to games?

Food service
Gillette Stadium boasts that Patriots fans eat more than one ton of Italian sausage on a typical game day and consume 186 gallons of clam chowder. To safely deliver these food items, as well as any others a stadium sells, workers need disposable gloves to prevent cross-contamination. These employees need to change gloves frequently and go through up to 20 pairs each day. For this reason, food service employees are most likely to wear poly or vinyl gloves, which provide the required protection at a low cost.

Janitorial and maintenance
Overall, Gillette Field has a capacity of almost 67,000 people and covers nearly 2 million square feet, according to the stadium’s website. That’s a lot of space to clean. To protect themselves from cleaning chemicals and bacteria, janitorial staff require disposable gloves. These employees may use vinyl, nitrile or latex gloves. Vinyl is the most cost-effective option, but nitrile and latex provide superior chemical and puncture resistance.

“Disposable gloves play a big role behind the scenes at football games.”

Medical
Football players often sustain many injuries throughout the course of a season, ranging from serious concussions to minor cuts and scrapes. Medical professionals don disposable gloves, such as latex or nitrile, to provide a barrier against potential bodily fluid contact and protect wounds from contamination.

Vehicle support
When watching players face off on the field, it’s easy to forget many of them had to travel hundreds of miles to get there. A CBS News profile of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ travel to a game in Pittsburgh noted all the players board a bus to and from the airport, and roughly 16,000 pounds of equipment accompanies the team to each away game. Stadiums may keep mechanics and vehicle maintenance staff on-site to make sure vehicles are in working order to transport players and gear from point A to point B. These staff are most likely to wear durable latex or nitrile gloves for their enhanced protection.

Hundreds of thousands of spectators across the country will fill stadiums this season, but without disposable gloves, it would be impossible for them to watch their favorite players on the field. Disposable gloves are every year’s most valuable player.

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