Adult Care in Nursing Homes


Nursing homes are a vital resource for elderly people who are no longer able to take care of themselves. In the future, the demand for long-term care organizations will likely increase as baby boomers begin to require these services. According to data from Family Caregiver Alliance, the number of elderly people using long-term care services will reach 27 million by 2050, more than twice the number of individuals using these services in 2000. The organization also noted people older than 85 are among the fastest-growing segments of the population and are expected to reach 19 million by 2050.

Elderly care facilities are large operations that require a significant amount of disposable gloves and other materials for staff to provide service to residents, making their needs in many ways similar to day care centers. They are self-contained living facilities that require staff to accommodate every element of care, from bathing to feeding. These facilities have nurses, janitors, foodservice staff and even landscapers who require gloves. Ongoing measures to improve quality of care in these facilities could also lead to an increase in staffing requirements, leading to the need for even more gloves on hand.

Wipes
Staff that clean and bathe elderly patients also require the right materials. AmmexCare Adult Washcloths may be used to wipe patients clean. These wipes are alcohol-free with Vitamin E and aloe to make them safer for use on sensitive skin.

“Initiatives to improve quality of care could increase staffing needs.”

Exam gloves
It is also important for staff in nursing homes to wear disposable gloves for most tasks. There is risk of spreading or contracting bloodborne pathogens, so staff dealing with patient cuts or wounds should wear exam-grade gloves. Staff should avoid powdered gloves in this environment because the powder can interfere with wound closure. AMMEX Nitrile Exam Gloves are a good option for staff. These gloves also come in several different colors, which can be helpful for organizational purposes. Companies can color code gloves by size so all staff can quickly find the gloves they need.

Other glove needs
There are many moving parts in a nursing home facility. While nurses and physicians bathe and examine patients, the cafeteria workers are busy preparing meals, and janitors may be cleaning hallways, bathrooms or dining areas. All of these employees require disposable gloves as barrier protection. Cafeteria workers need to wear gloves to prevent the spread of foodborne illness, while janitorial workers need to protect themselves from cleaning chemicals and bloodborne pathogens. Landscapers also require a barrier to protect themselves from lawn and garden chemicals.

Nursing homes require disposable gloves on hand for many different applications. Contact us or your AMMEX representative to learn more about glove needs in elderly care facilities.

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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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AMMEX’s Innovative Mindset Promotes Growth


To stay competitive in the fast changing consumer world, companies need to have an innovative, growth-focused mentality. For AMMEX, that means integrating new technology to maintain a global presence and more effectively reach customers. Here are a few of the ways AMMEX has embraced new tools to improve business:

QR Codes
QR or Quick Response Codes are barcodes that store a wealth of information, such as URLs, text and other data. These digital codes are a smart way to connect physical products to the digital world. AMMEX products have begun featuring a QR code printed on the packaging that takes customers to product landing pages with informational videos. This feature provides a quick and seamless way for customers to learn more about AMMEX’s products. This solution supports AMMEX’s marketing efforts by providing information to help move customers down the sales funnel.
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AMMEX adopted video conferencing to keep in touch with partners across the globe.

Doc-link
The Internet has made cloud-based document storage solutions possible, which is crucial when you serve customers across the country. Doc-link is a product that enables AMMEX to seamlessly process orders from customers. The software captures documents to automate sales processes. Before implementing doc-link, AMMEX’s daily sales order process took twice as long and required twice as many staff members to complete. Implementing this tool has enabled AMMEX to continue to grow without becoming bogged down in manual workflows. Doc-link also makes the process more accurate, ensuring distributors get the shipments they ordered so they move inventory more quickly.

Vidyo
One of the ways AMMEX keeps up with its staff at numerous locations worldwide in Southeast Asia and across the U.S. is through frequent contact. Staying in close touch with all team members is one of AMMEX’s core strategies. The desire for consistent contact is why the company has a morning huddle in every department every morning. AMMEX was quick to realize that Internet-based video conferencing solutions would enable the brand to easily maintain relationships and do business overseas without as much need for travel. AMMEX partnered with Vidyo, the company that pioneered video​ conferences. Vidyo’s solutions allowed AMMEX to reduce travel and time expenses by 32 percent while still maintaining the close relationships that drive business.

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

Contact us on our website or AMMEX Representative today.

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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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Get Dad Gloves for Father’s Day


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

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

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

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

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

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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 glovesThese 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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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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High Visibility Sales Results with Orange Nitrile!


The first thing you will most likely notice about Gloveworks Heavy Duty Orange Nitrile Gloves is their bright, unique color. Although AMMEX Corporation is well-known for black nitrile gloves, orange nitrile gloves bring something new to the table and are perfect for agricultural, automotive, industrial safety and manufacturing applications, among many others.

Why should you go orange?
Orange nitrile gloves do not just look unique; the color stands out so you are more aware of where you hands are at all times, making them an excellent part of a personal protective equipment (PPE) or high-visibility program. The contrast of the color with dark environments makes workers less likely to be injured. The bright orange stands out against dim work areas, such as industrial environments, garages and under the hoods of vehicles.

Successful PPE programs require collaboration between employers and employees to conduct hazard assessments in their workplaces and minimize risks. Employees must be trained to be aware of hazards and properly wear PPE. Protective gear that is comfortable and easy to don makes employees more likely to utilize it. The orange nitrile gloves have a beaded cuff to prevent ripping and tearing at the base, which makes them easier to put on. In addition, the texture and durability of these gloves do not interfere with the comfort. Nitrile gloves conform to the hands as they are warmed with body heat and are more elastic than vinyl, making them more comfortable for longer use.

“Orange nitrile gloves stand out in dark work environments.”

Other features that will make you want to go orange
The raised diamond texture of the orange nitrile gloves gives them a superior grip. In addition, they are thicker for better durability, which makes them three times as resistant to punctures as latex. Plus, the added thickness increases the gloves’ resistance to harsh chemicals. Wearers are able to safely work with iodine, butane and pesticides for longer without having to change gloves. This helps you save money by using fewer gloves. The bright color also means no more lost gloves in the dark. In addition, the orange matches other brightly colored protective equipment.

Our Gloveworks Heavy Duty Orange Nitrile Gloves are available in sizes medium to extra extra large and measure 9.5 inches from base to fingertip. They are sold in boxes of 100 gloves with 10 boxes to a case.

Contact your AMMEX representative or contact us on our website to add these gloves to your product line. If you would like to become a distributor, contact us for more information.

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How Nitrile and Vinyl Gloves are Made


Unlike latex gloves, nitrile and vinyl gloves do not come from natural rubber. These gloves come from synthetic materials, but the manufacturing process is not too different from latex glove production.

Here is an overview of how manufacturers create these gloves:

Creating the synthetic materials
The processes for creating the nitrile and vinyl materials is similar.

The nitrile butadiene rubber (NBR) used for nitrile gloves is a copolymer, which is a substance derived through the bonding of different molecules. In the case of NBR, the two parts are butadiene and acrylonitrile, which chemists combine using a process known as copolymerization. These molecules provide specific advantages for the gloves: Acrylonitrile enhances the chemical resistance, while butadiene creates flexibility and tear resistance.

Vinyl gloves come from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) monomers alone. Because chemists use only one species of monomer to create PVC, the material is known as a polymer. Once they have polymerized the substance, the chemists add a chemical called a plasticizer to the PVC. The plasticizer makes the material flexible – otherwise, the PVC would be rigid, as it is when used to form pipe. PVC is inexpensive to create, making it a cost-effective alternative to latex and for applications where glove changes occur frequently.

“Chemists combine molecules to create PVC and NBR for disposable gloves.  For easier donning, nitrile gloves undergo chlorination or polymer coating.” 

Producing the gloves
Once the synthetic materials are available, they go to the factory for production. With a few exceptions, this process is mostly the same as the steps for manufacturing latex gloves:

  • The manufacturing equipment first runs ceramic, hand-shaped formers through water and bleach to clean them and remove any residue from the previous run. The formers then dry to remove all the water. Then, they dip in a mixture of calcium carbonate and calcium nitrate, which helps the synthetic materials coagulate around the formers. Afterward, the formers dry again.
  • The equipment dips the formers in tanks full of NBR or PVC. The following step involves heating the materials at a high temperature to form the gloves as they dry.
  • For easier donning, nitrile gloves undergo one of two processes: chlorination or polymer coating. Chlorination involves exposing the gloves to chlorine – as an acid mixture or gas – to make the material harder and more slick. Polymer coating lubricates the glove surface by adding a layer of polymer.
  • Finally, in what is known as the stripping phase, the gloves are removed from the formers. This is called the stripping phase.

Checking for quality
The last steps of the manufacturing cycle include testing the gloves and shipping them.

The quality control process, which is based on standards from the American Society for Testing and Materials (ATSM) and regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), includes the pinhole leak test. While all gloves have some pinholes, this test tells manufacturers whether a glove has enough pinholes to lead to a noticeable leak.

After filling the gloves with 1 liter of water, the workers hang them upside down for two minutes to see if the gloves can hold the water. Exam-grade gloves undergo more intensive testing than industrial-grade gloves – the latter is composed of gloves that meet basic quality tests but not the higher standards for exam grading.

These tests adhere to acceptable quality limits (AQLs), which are percentages indicating how many gloves in a batch must fail the test to determine if the entire batch fails.

The final step is for workers to package and pack the gloves. Then, the gloves ship from the manufacturing facilitates in Southeast Asia via ocean freight to their final destinations. With this journey, the gloves have taken the final step from being molecules to effective barrier protection.

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