Lose Weight in the New Year!


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Give Your Sales Team the Jolt it Needs


Entrepreneur and motivational speaker Tony Robbins once said outstanding companies have a foundation made of outstanding people, and your sales team is no exception to this statement. Of course, you find the most exceptional sales force based on your hiring decisions, but do you ensure those workers continue to be impressive for years to come?

Employee burnout is a serious problem, and Psychology Today reported the effects of this issue are sometimes as severe as panic attacks and emergency room visits. With these risks in mind, you want to ensure your sales team is ready to tackle each day head on, understands its worth and feels energized to convert leads.

So how do you get keep your sales team going? For one, the answer is not more free coffee. If you want to supercharge your staff with more than a caffeine-fueled boost, you will need to model the energy you want to see from your workers, improve productivity and recognize your team members for their achievements.

Ramp up your energy
If Ponce de Leon was not pumped about locating the Fountain of Youth, do you think his crew would have followed him on a quest to find the impossible? The same could be asked about the many explorers who hunted for El Dorado, the city of gold. If you want to motivate your sales team, you must boldly and energetically take the helm.

“As a manager, you must model the energy you want your sales team to exude.”

How can you produce that energy for your team? Motivational speaker, author and salesman Zig Ziglar suggested having a positive attitude in all situations. At times, sales will be slow. In fact, Business News Daily said sale team members typically hear “no” more than “yes.” However, you cannot slow the momentum in these moments. If you have a grim attitude in dire situations, how is your sales team supposed to keep hope alive?

Imagine our explorers, who were faced with hostile environments, hunger and alien diseases. In many cases, they pressed on despite these obstacles, all the while assuring their crews that the prize was just within sight. You need to share that energy with your staff members so they will embody it while engaging current and future business.

Focus on the higher payoffs
What are your sales team members doing each day, and do they see the value in their work? If you said “no” to the second question, ask yourself whether your team is engaged in high-payoff activities.

Throughout the day, you may talk to your team members, and everyone appears busy. With their schedules and to-do lists full, you may not think twice about their productivity and motivation. However, how many of those items in their lists or schedules are necessary? Are they booked for meetings that they do not need to attend? Do they have nonessential duties?

If so, these employees can feel as though they are not hitting any milestones despite how busy they are. As motivational speaker and Success magazine publisher Darren Hardy said, a busy employee is not necessarily a productive one. This issue stems from managers as well as staff. Are you overloading your team with too many unnecessary tasks? If so, limit their duties to high-payoff activities, which first and foremost includes selling. This means calling leads, following up and becoming familiar with accounts are among your team’s top priorities.

Do not skimp on recognition
To further show your team’s value, set goals and reward your staff for reaching these milestones. Bloomberg Businessweek said employee engagement is key to motivation, and one way to keep workers engaged is to have clear objectives. How many new contacts should a team member obtain each week? How many lead conversions should occur each month?

“Goals give your sales team clear markers for achievement.”

Goals give your sales team clear markers for achievement, especially when those objectives are tied to high-payoff activities. But you cannot stop at setting goals. Sure, your team members will have a personal sense of value when they hit their quotas, but you must display that value from the company’s perspective.

In a keynote address delivered to SPEAK Inc., sales and sales management expert and motivational speaker Jack Daly emphasized the value of recognition, particularly for employees who go above and beyond to address client needs and ensure repeat business. Recognition must be a large part of your company’s culture and values.

These are outstanding individuals, so how do you make them feel exceptional? Not only should this encouragement come from the management level, but you should also foster an environment of peer-to-peer support, according to Forbes citing data from a 2012 Bersin & Associates study. Ensure your team members are uplifting each other.

Charging into the new year
With 2015 just beginning, this is the perfect opportunity to set a strong pace for your sales team. Get your staff in the right frame of mind to find their Fountains of Youth and El Dorados – to persevere through the slumps and keep their energy high.

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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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Changes: Gloves in the Automotive Industry


Changes: Gloves in the Automotive Industry


Not long ago, if you asked automotive technicians about wearing disposable gloves, they probably would’ve laughed.

These workers traditionally did not wear gloves, but that practice is going out the window.  In fact, technicians in this industry on average wear 13 pairs of gloves each day – and in some cases up to 16 pairs.

So what is driving the disposable glove revenue growth – about $1 billion in 2012 and projected to reach $1.3 billion in 2022 – in the automotive industry? The answer is protection from harsh chemicals, which is why 80 percent of the gloves used in this application are nitrile gloves. As more auto technicians wear gloves, this is a key growth area for distributors.


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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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Disposable Glove Usage: Industrial Safety and Chemical


Did you know the industrial, safety and chemical industries had the highest disposable glove revenue, on par with the medical and dental industry in 2012? Not only was this sector the top contender for industrial markets that year, analysts project it will continue to have the second highest overall revenue by 2022.

While industrial safety is a broad area, one need remains key: chemical protection. This is why nitrile gloves account for 65 percent of the glove material distribution in this industry.

Considering the American Burn Association said 3 percent of hospital admissions for burns from 2003 to 2012 were for chemical burns, and 9 percent of all burns were occupational, workers in the industrial and safety industry are vital potential customers for nitrile and other glove materials that offer chemical resistance.

 

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Getting Ready for New Prop 65 Requirements


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

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

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

There is a specific standard label for DINP products:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Unexpected Uses for Disposable Gloves: Fishing


Who would have thought that disposable gloves could be an excellent holiday gift! According to The Vancouver Columbian, nitrile gloves are a perfect holiday gift for individuals who enjoy outdoor activities such as fishing.

Many anglers like to wear gloves when they are on the water, and the holiday season is the perfect time to promote nitrile gloves. In Vancouver’s lower Columbia area, for example, fishers typically use the gloves during the spring chinook salmon season, according to the source.

One key selling point for glove usage while fishing is gloves are useful when releasing fish, Field & Stream reported. Anglers need to grasp the fish without harming it’s vital organs by holding too tightly. A textured nitrile glove provides the necessary grip.

Additionally, the Vancouver Columbian noted these gloves are useful for sardine wrapping a lure. Because there is a barrier between wearers and the sardines, the scent of the wearers’ hands will not get on the bait. Plus, because these gloves offer top-notch dexterity, they are suitable for the minute tasks that come with fishing, such as stringing a lure or cleaning fish.

With these advantages in mind, it is a great idea to purchase nitrile gloves along with their other fishing-related gifts. Not to mention, they are great to have on have on hand for boat motor repairs and cleanup.

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All About Powdered Gloves


If disposable glove wearers need a product that is easier to slip on their hands, powdered products are the solution. There are powdered latex, nitrile and vinyl gloves available.

The history of powdered gloves
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, researchers began searching for a way to facilitate easier glove donning in surgical applications in the late 1800s. Early methods included wetting the glove material and using various powders, such as talcum powder and a powder made from Lycopodium spores, which are ground pines or club moss. However, both of these powders led to postoperative complications.

Food-grade cornstarch began appearing in gloves by 1947, and by the 1970s, it grabbed the largest market share. Compared to the previous two powders, cornstarch has necessary absorptive properties and does not lead to irritation. Although this powder is currently the most commonly used, gloves are also powdered with calcium or lactose, according to Infection Control Today.

These dusting powders are applied to the gloves near the end of the manufacturing process. After the glove forms are dipped in the glove materials and excess proteins and other residues are removed through the leaching process, the gloves are powdered before they are stripped from their forms. The FDA noted the cornstarch powder mixture is 2 percent magnesium oxide. This keeps the powder from turning into a paste or otherwise thickening.

What are the benefits of powdered gloves?
In the past, natural rubber latex was the main material used for disposable gloves. Latex is a flexible material that closely conforms to the hand, a feature that makes donning difficult for some wearers. This point became more pronounced when glove usage increased as a result of growing awareness of HIV in the 1980s.

To provide more ease in donning gloves, the food-grade cornstarch powder absorbs moisture on hands. This is a key benefit for individuals whose palms are prone to sweating. Additionally, the powder absorbs excess moisture that is present after wearers wash their hands, a step that should be undertaken before gloves are donned.

Powdered gloves are not suitable for all applications, as the cornstarch powder interferes with certain biological and chemical processes, such as chemical sealing and wound closure, respectively. Additionally, the powder damages paints, varnishes and lacquers, and if even a speck of powder lands on a freshly painted surface, it may cause a fish eye. However, outside of these applications, powdered gloves are found in many industries.

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EMS Workers Must Follow Proper Glove Procedures


Emergency medical services (EMS) workers go through a lot of training regarding safety when donning and doffing barrier clothing such as disposable gloves, according to the Journal of Emergency Medical Services.

However, these workers must remember to change their exam grade gloves at appropriate times during a call so they do not contaminate clean surfaces. This is true even if the patient does not have any visible lesions or is not vomiting. Per best practices, EMS workers should don gloves prior to touching a patient and remove them after a procedure or assessment is finished before touching a clean surface.

If workers must come into contact with patients after removing their gloves, they should immediately don a new pair. This indicates that workers should have ample supplies of disposable gloves on hand for the multiple changes.

Additionally, EMS workers need the appropriate gloves for the call. EMS workers frequently choose heavy duty exam grade gloves for the extra protection offered by the additional thickness and extended cuff. Additionally, if they are responding to a call involving dangerous chemicals, such as an on-the-job injury at a manufacturing plant, they must have a glove material that is resistant to the chemical involved in the accident, according to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

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