7 Benefits of Gratitude

Today is a good time to pause for a moment to consider the importance and benefits of gratitude.  Although it is nice to count your blessings on Thanksgiving with friends and family, being thankful throughout the year could have tremendous benefits on your quality of life.  Here’s 7 Benefits of Gratitude.

Gratitude, by definition, is the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.  It is also a proven attribute that is associated with greater happiness, as well as better physical and mental health.  According to Harvard Medical School, “Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.”

“We are grateful for our employees, distributors and customers. Happy Thanksgiving from AMMEX!”

Here are 7 Benefits of Gratitude and how they can positively impact your life:

1.  Gratitude opens the door to more relationships

We all know that saying “thank you” is good manners, but did you know that showing appreciation can help you win new friends and build new relationships?, according to a 2104 study published in Emotion. The study found that thanking a new acquaintance makes them more likely to seek an ongoing relationship. So whether you thank a stranger for holding the door or you send a quick thank-you note to that co-worker who helped you with a project, acknowledging other people’s contributions can lead to new opportunities.

2.  Grateful people are more hopeful

Studies have shown that being grateful fosters a sense of well being and hope.  When people actively take the time to list the things they are grateful for, they feel better mentally and physically than participants who haven’t done the same.  In other words, gratitude’s benefits are not only correlational, but in some cases causal. Gratitude can act “directly, as a causal agent of well-being; and indirectly, as a means of buffering against negative states and emotions.

3.  Improve physical health with gratitude

Gratitude improves physical health. Grateful people experience fewer aches and pains and they report feeling healthier than other people.  Not surprisingly, grateful people are also more likely to take care of their health.  They exercise more often and are more likely to attend regular check-ups with their doctors, which is likely to contribute to further longevity.

Being appreciative has powerful effects on your body. Researchers have linked gratitude to lower blood pressure, fewer aches and pains, and improved immunity. A 2015 study published in Spirituality in Clinical Practice found grateful people even have healthier hearts.

4.  Be a better leader

Want to keep your employees happy and motivated? Show your appreciation. Employees who feel their work is appreciated and recognized by their boss are more likely to work harder.  Grateful leaders motivate their employees to be more productive, according to researchers at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. The study found that employees who were thanked by their managers made 50% more fundraising calls than their counterparts who hadn’t heard the same token of appreciation.

5.  Increase your resilience

Resilience is defined in psychology as the capacity to cope with stress, traumatic events and adversity. There has been a tremendous amount of research that has shown gratitude not only reduces stress, but it may also play a major role in overcoming trauma.  Studies suggest that War Veterans with higher levels of gratitude experienced lower rates of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Another study found that gratitude was a major contributor to resilience following September 11.  Recognizing all you have to be thankful for – even during the worst times of your life – fosters resilience.

6.  Gratitude improves self-esteem

A study published in the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology found that gratitude increased athlete’s self-esteem, which is an essential component to optimal performance. Other studies have shown that gratitude reduces social comparisons. Rather than becoming resentful toward people who have more money or better jobs – which is a major factor in reduced self-esteem- grateful people are able to appreciate other people’s accomplishments.

7.  Have more energy to work on your goals

Taking note of what you’re grateful for could help you reach your goals. A 2003 study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology found that college students who kept gratitude journals reported higher levels of alertness, enthusiasm, determination, energy and attentiveness compared to their counterparts.


Gratitude is a way for people to appreciate what they have instead of always reaching for something new in the hopes it will make them happier, or thinking they can’t feel satisfied until every physical and material need is met. Gratitude helps people refocus on what they have instead of what they lack.  We all have the ability and opportunity to cultivate gratitude, not only on Thanksgiving but throughout the year.   Simply take a few moments to focus on all that you have – rather than complain about all the things you think you deserve.  Developing an “attitude of gratitude” is one of the simplest ways to improve your satisfaction with life.  

At AMMEX we are grateful to be the premier importer and distributor of high quality disposable gloves and barrier protection products. 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. AMMEX proudly supplies a wide selection of disposable gloves and personal protection equipment to thousands of distributors in a variety of industries. Whether your clients are in food service, janitorial, medical or automotive, AMMEX has the gloves you need. To get started on becoming a distributor visit our website to discover more about what AMMEX can offer you.

 

Article Source:  Harvard Medical School 

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AMMEX Corporation Launches New Website


AMMEX Corporation, a premier importer and distributor of high quality disposable gloves and barrier protection products, is pleased to announce the launch of our new website – https://ammex.com.  After 27 years in business, AMMEX Corporation is rebranding with a new logo and a new website that is designed to provide the ultimate user-friendly experience through improved navigation and functionality. The new site gives customers access to detailed product information and videos with the option to share information across all major social networking sites.

“We are focused on optimizing our company message across our website and digital marketing platforms to help our distributors grow their glove sales.” said Keyo Gold, President AMMEX Corporation.

Our new website is the result of a successful collaboration with Bearpaw Partners Digital Marketing Agency, who designed the site to include a clean and attractive layout, an engaging user experience with enhanced search and navigation, and the capability to provide a more comprehensive and interactive source of company information and services.

“AMMEX is strengthening our corporate brand to be as strong as our product brands” said Steven Ilg, VP of Marketing AMMEX. IIg continued, “Our new website further optimizes our innovative products, such as our AMMEX® Anti-Microbial Vinyl Gloves and Gloveworks® Heavy Duty Orange Nitrile Gloves which are becoming as successful as our core staples such as our Gloveworks® Heavy Duty Latex Gloves and GlovePlus® Black Nitrile Gloves

The site includes extensive product information to help customers understand AMMEX’s complete range of disposable glove and barrier protection solutions. Technical data, videos and applications by industry are all included in the new website to provide a detailed overview of AMMEX’s product line.

“Our brand images now boldly state AMMEX’s prominence in the market place with gorgeous headers opening each page. Our videos are more accessible than ever before. I am excited for the sites visitors to be able to see what we can do” said John Theroux, Visual Media Manager AMMEX.

Created with the user experience firmly in mind, the website has been designed using the latest technology so the site is both responsive and compatible with today’s browsers and mobile devices.  The new AMMEX website gives visitors a captivating experience when researching the latest products and industry trends in the disposable glove and barrier protection industry. AMMEX distributors can now benefit from richer online content that is easier to navigate and share with others across Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

“Our clients and online audiences will now benefit from a fully integrated digital marketing experience stemming from our website. Our rebranded social media platforms offer more opportunities to syndicate our content and strengthen our brand recognition as a premier distributor of disposable gloves.”  said Danielle Salomon, Digital Marketing Supervisor AMMEX.

The new AMMEX website’s refreshed and simplified look, combined with enhanced content, improved search functionality, and optimization for mobile devices allows our customers to better interact with AMMEX online.


About AMMEX

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 disposable gloves and personal protection equipment to thousands of distributors in a variety of industries. Whether your clients are in food service, janitorial, medical or automotive, AMMEX has the gloves your customers need.

For more information, visit https://ammex.com

 

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Business Automation and the Modern CIO


The chief information officer’s (CIO) role in business operations has evolved beyond managing only the information technology aspects of a company. Today, CIOs often spend more time collaborating with other members of the C-suite, looking at ways to improve efficiency and productivity, and this includes the implementation of automation throughout the business.

In fact, CIO Insight noted, “The modern CIO belongs at the fulcrum of all business matters,” lending expertise to various other departments. This ranges from chief financial officers to service desks. In regard to business process automation (BPA), CIOs likely usher in this process in their own departments, so why not utilize interdepartmental collaboration as a way to inject this time- and cost-saving practice throughout the business?

AMMEX understands the value of its CIO for the entire organization, with the role serving a crucial purpose in the company’s high standards for order accuracy and overall supply chain logistics. Through the insights of AMMEX’s CIO, the company was able to achieve the following benefits:

Improved accuracy
Human error is a natural part of any business practice. However, this does not mean human error will not have extensive consequences. One misplaced figure could mean improper accounts of inventory, which then impacts fill rates and accuracy for numerous orders.

“AMMEX’s foray into BPA is another way it remains at the top of the industry.”

At AMMEX, the CIO has a hand in preventing such issues through automated workflows and reporting. Software keeps track of all orders and other movement along the supply chain, ensuring figures are accurate across all places where the data is stored. Additionally, less information falls prey to accidental exclusion, ensuring complete data. All of these advantages lend to cost containment.

More precise monitoring
Automated data collection and analytics are huge parts of modern operations, and business intelligence (BI) overall is crucial for supply chain management. Through BPA and BI as a result of that process, AMMEX has a more granular view into the supply chain from procurement to distribution. As a result, the company is able to better forecast delays and pinpoint the possible sources of these and other issues.

Increased efficiency and productivity
The CIO​’s role in ushering in BPA for the purposes of efficiency is not unfounded. Harvey Nash’s 2015 CIO Survey found 61 percent of respondents reported increasing efficiencies was the top concern in 2015. AMMEX’s use of BPA is one way the company keeps this goal top of mind.

Improvements to productivity and efficiency result from enhanced accuracy and monitoring. Fewer errors means decreased redundancy, as workers along the supply chain spend less time backtracking to find errors and fix them. Automated monitoring tools alert AMMEX managers to only the reports they need to see, allowing employees to focus on only the business operations that require improvement.

Leveraging the CIO role to remain competitive
BPA is not the only way the CIO role is influential in other departments at AMMEX. This insight has the power to help the company remain an industry leader in various ways and should not be understated. The Harvey Nash survey found CIOs worry their companies’ inability to leverage technology will cause them to fall behind in the market. However, 75 percent of respondents did not have a plan to roll out digital processes across their organizations.

While the survey put the impetus on CIOs to press for more automation and other digital workflows, AMMEX understands this is a collaborative process that requires the empowerment of the CIO role to usher in positive change. Like AMMEX’s pioneering spirit when it comes to digital marketing, ecommerce and innovative technologies like Doc-link, Vidyo and QR codes, the company’s foray into BPA is another way it remains at the top of the industry.  Join AMMEX at the top, become a distributor today!

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AMMEX Gloves Used in Agricultural Industry


In the agricultural industry, workers are involved in a number of tasks where gloves serve as a protective barrier. These duties include working with livestock, handling chemicals such a herbicides and disinfectants and dealing with contaminated soil.

With regard to herbicides and insecticides, there are hundreds of varieties that are used in agriculture, each with chemicals that can be harmful to humans. Furthermore, it is important that personal protective equipment is used to reduce or eliminate exposure to these chemicals.

In the dairy farming sector, glove use has become more common in recent years. Gloves help prevent the spread of bacteria, which is key for dairy farming, as a sick animal is unproductive until it can be brought back to health.

There are various zoonotic diseases, which are those transmitted from animals to humans. One example is brucellosis, a disease that is caused by a bacteria known as brucella and primarily affects animals. However, humans can contract brucellosis if they come in contact with infected animals or animal products. Additionally, livestock handlers need to ensure they are not passing diseases from infected animals to healthy animals.

Workers also need protection when repairing and maintaining their fleet equipment. Whether tractors or combine harvesters, the machines contain chemicals that can cause health issues if they get onto a worker’s hands and absorb through the skin.

With these risks, agricultural employees need a glove that can stand up to harsh chemicals and bacteria.

Nitrile and latex gloves for chemicals and pesticides
Agriculture is currently trending toward lighter weight nitrile gloves which offer durability and chemical and pesticide resistance at a competitive price.

Nitrile, a synthetic rubber, provides the best overall chemical resistance. Agricultural workers who spend their days spraying pesticides on crops have the risk that they could get the chemicals on their hands which could be absorbed through the skin. Nitrile gloves provide protection that will not easily break down when it comes into contact with harsh chemicals. This protection is also beneficial for guarding against the many fluids that workers can come into contact with while they are performing maintenance on vehicles.

Latex gloves are the second most-common glove in agriculture. These gloves are also donned when workers are dealing with pesticide residues. When handling plants and plant products, workers use latex gloves to protect themselves even if there are not visible signs of pesticides.

While latex previously was the most-used glove type in agriculture, nitrile gloves have become more popular.

Vinyl gloves for tending livestock
When it comes to tending livestock, vinyl gloves are a more suitable option compared to other glove materials, particularly for tasks that require several glove changes in a short time. Vinyl is an inexpensive material that is perfect for short-duration tasks as workers move from animal to animal to prevent cross contamination. Vinyl gloves are common in breeding applications.

Regardless of the application, it is important to remember gloves are not solely for safeguarding workers and livestock. They also protect government and private inspectors. These parties should also don the appropriate gloves to guard themselves and livestock they inspect and ensure the integrity of agricultural facilities.

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Finishing the Glove: How does it Work?


After gloves are manufactured, they need to be finished to facilitate donning and doffing. The material of gloves often makes it difficult for users to don without some type of finishing technique. Now there are several different ways to go about finishing a glove, including polymer coating, chlorination and polyurethane finishes. Finishing the Glove: How does it Work?

Powdering

Powdered gloves, as the name implies, use a powder coating to help users don and doff disposable gloves by absorbing excess moisture on the hands. Powdering takes place following manufacturing. In the past, gloves had powdered formers, making powder a byproduct of manufacturing. Due to advancements in manufacturing technology, gloves are powdered with food-grade cornstarch, before they are taken from their formers and turned inside out. Powdered gloves are not suitable in situations where the powder could interfere with biological and chemical processes, such as chemical sealing or wound closure. Powder also damages paints and varnishes by leaving a residue behind. For this reason, manufacturers have adopted alternative ways to finish gloves.

Chlorination
Chlorination is a finishing method for powder free gloves. Manufacturers wash gloves in a chlorine gas or a solution of hypochlorite and hydrochloric acid. Gloves are then rinsed to prevent the chemical from interacting with the glove further. The solution reduces the surface tackiness of the glove and also gives it a softer texture. When used on latex, the chlorination process also reduces the amount of latex proteins, to make them less likely to cause an allergy. One thing to keep in mind is that chlorination slightly reduces the shelf life of products because the chemicals break down the glove material. This method was developed for latex gloves, but new advancements in technology have made the process available for nitrile gloves.The AMMEX Gloveworks Heavy Duty Orange Nitrile Glove is an example of a chlorinated glove.

“Finishes applied after the manufacturing process make donning and doffing easier.”

Polymer coating
The majority of disposable gloves on the market are now powder free. Applying a polymer coating is a more recent method: Manufacturers use polymers, such as silicones, acrylics and hydrogels, to make gloves easier to don. The polymer coating has less surface friction than the glove material, which makes it slip on the hand more easily. The polymer is generally applied while the glove is still on the former. Polymer coating is most frequently used on nitrile and latex. For example, AMMEX GlovePlus Black Nitrile Gloves are polymer coated.

Polyurethane
A polyurethane coating on the inside of the gloves reduces tackiness, making the glove easier to don and doff. Polyurethane is most frequently used on vinyl gloves.

Finishes allow glove users to don and doff with ease, creating a seamless experience as they change gloves. Finishes, particularly chlorination, also make the glove softer for people who need to work with their hands all day. These processes also reduce latex proteins that lead to allergies and irritation. Simply put, finishing makes disposable gloves easier and more comfortable to wear.

It is easy to add disposable gloves to your product line up. Become an AMMEX distributor to get started today.

 

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The Trend Toward Ecommerce


The business world has changed significantly over the past decade. Ecommerce is now a crucial part of the economy, and companies that do not have an online presence will suffer. According to data from research firm eMarketer, ecommerce in the U.S. is expected to grow 14.2 percent in 2015, accounting for 7 percent of total retail sales and reaching a total of $349 billion in sales. As the years go on, online revenue will continue to take a bite out of overall retail sales. AMMEX took the right steps to stay on top of the ecommerce trend, remain ahead of the curve and helps its customers do the same. In addition to embracing ecommerce, AMMEX developed digital marketing resources to increase Web traffic and engage with customers.

Remain competitive with ecommerce

In 2015, having an ecommerce platform is crucial to maintaining a successful business. Customers expect to be able to purchase items online. They are unlikely to work with a vendor that does not provide an ecommerce solution, especially if another local vendor does allow online sales.While there will always be a place for in-store sales, customers enjoy the flexibility of online shopping. According to PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Total Retail Survey, nearly half of respondents indicated they like being able to go online whenever they want: day or night.In addition, 27 percent say they shop online because a wider variety of products are available. These days, it is common for businesses to have more inventory available online than in their physical locations. A big-box chain may have 900,000 SKUs available on its Web store. This means all mid-sized distributors that maintain traditional stores need to also have an online site to remain competitive.

Support ecommerce with digital marketing
Many companies fail to adapt to a changing marketplace and perform badly as a result. Just think about how Kodak failed to understand customers’ interest in digital cameras and continued to invest in analog film. Despite being the first company to invent a digital camera, the company filed for bankruptcy in 2012. In contrast, AMMEX recognized early on the need to develop a robust online presence. As a multinational corporation with offices that span the globe, it was necessary for AMMEX to invest in digital solutions. As a result, AMMEX has been named one of the fastest growing companies by both Puget Sound Business Journal and Inc. magazine.

Distributors that partner with AMMEX have the benefit of working with a forward-thinking supplier. AMMEX recognizes the need to support online sales with digital marketing. AMMEX leverages marketing support as a key differentiator. With the shift toward online stores and ecommerce spaces, AMMEX embraces digital marketing.

 “Digital marketing engages customers and earns their trust.” 

Along with the availability of an online store, digital marketing programs are also an important way to keep customers engaged and earn their trust. According to PwC, 56 percent of customers research a purchase by using a search engine. Moreover, customers regularly turn to social media, especially Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, to learn more about companies and their products.

For this reason, AMMEX developed digital marketing assets, which distributors use as a resource when developing their own campaigns. AMMEX provides educational videos, a blog and social channels to educate potential customers and lead them to make a purchase online.

Whether or not customers choose to make a final purchase online, the Internet figures heavily into their decision-making process. It is important for all businesses to have an online presence bolstered heavily by digital marketing efforts such as search engine optimization, social media or email campaigns. AMMEX develops resources to support distributors and help them get started with digital marketing to bring in more customers. AMMEX embraced the digital revolution head on. It is the company’s mission to help customers do the same.

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Premium Gloves


In tough settings, it is important to have a glove that stands up to the job. Premium gloves provide top quality performance for longer duration of use. Features range from raised textures for enhanced gripping power to extended cuffs for more protection of the forearm. Here are some of the premium gloves AMMEX offers:

GlovePlus Black Nitrile
These gloves have a bold look that conceals grease and grime and gives you three times the puncture resistance of latex. GlovePlus Black Nitrile Gloves are 50 percent thicker than standard nitrile for tougher applications.

Gloveworks Orange Heavy Duty Nitrile
With superior chemical resistance, Gloveworks Orange Nitrile gloves provide a high visibility color that is useful in dark environments. The raised diamond texture on both sides of the glove for a no-slip grip.

Gloveworks Heavy Duty Latex Industrial Gloves
With more elasticity than nitrile for greater comfort and dexterity. Gloveworks HD Latex Industrial Gloves are perfect for industrial settings.

“Premium Gloves are the right choice for tough jobs.”

GlovePlus Heavy Duty Nitrile Exam Gloves
These gloves provide a full 12-inch extended cuff to protect the forearm on top of their additional barrier protection.

GlovePlus Heavy Duty Blue Latex Exam Gloves
With three times the thickness of standard latex, GlovePlus HD Blue Latex Exam Gloves ensure added protection and increased chemical resistance.

AMMEX Anti-Microbial Vinyl Gloves
Antimicrobial technology is combined with the poly-vinyl material – not just sprayed on, but blended into the material to inhibit the growth of microorganisms by breaking down cell walls for superior protection against organisms and fungus.

AMMEX Indigo Nitrile Exam Gloves
These exam grade gloves offer excellent barrier protection and chemical resistance. The unique color makes AMMEX Indigo Nitrile Exam Gloves really stand out.

Need superior, long-lasting protection and comfort at the same time? It might be time to upgrade to a premium glove. To add premium gloves to your line up contact us or your AMMEX Representative.

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Industry Trend Toward Thinner, Lighter, Low Cost


Gloves are a necessity in many industries, but the cost adds up quickly for workers who go through a lot of gloves. Some industries, such as food service or manufacturing, require more frequent glove changes than others. For this reason, the industry trend toward thinner, lighter, low cost disposable gloves, are the best choice for short duration tasks that require frequent changes.

Value driven
Businesses where Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points (HACCP) or other regulations are a factor are required to follow strict rules to remain compliant. These rules are in place to protect the safety of workers and consumers, but they require employees to pay close attention to their activities and don and doff gloves frequently. Under HACCP, employees need to change gloves whenever they are used or torn, whenever staff begin a new task. This adds up to 20 pairs each day on average for each employee. When you consider how many employees are on each shift throughout the day at a food service establishment, the glove count grows quickly.

“Food service workers use 20 pairs of gloves each day on average.”

New technology, new trends
As manufacturing capabilities improve, it is possible to produce lighter weight gloves and still maintain the protective barrier needed. In the past, 4-5 mil gloves were the standard weight for disposable gloves. Now 3mil has become the industry standard, with the previous weight serving as the new premium grade. In addition to being lighter, these gloves have the benefit of greater flexibility and tactile sensitivity.

A growing number of industries, including automotive, janitorial, agricultural and more, are adopting the use of disposable gloves to protect workers’ hands. Occupations that traditionally did not require gloves now encourage workers to don gloves.

The need for the right glove
Not all glove decisions are solely price driven, many buyers are focused on finding the right glove for the job. According to a 2013 study from TriComB2B in partnership with the University of Dayton School of Business Administration, price dominated just 55 percent of all purchasing decisions. Product features, benefits and brand are other attributes that come into play.

For instance, many buyers in the automotive industry choose nitrile gloves over latex because the material is not as easily punctured. In addition, nitrile does not react in gasoline, as latex does. Automotive workers deal with heavy tools and sometimes sharp objects, creating a need for a heavier glove. Choosing the right glove for the job is typically more cost-effective in the long run because it results in fewer glove changes.

Many considerations go into buying disposable gloves. Cost may be a factor, but it is more important to make sure the gloves you choose are up to the specific task you need them for.

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Summer Cookout Tips


Summer is in full swing, which means people around the country are firing up the grill for barbecues. Whether you like to cook out for weekday dinners or host backyard parties during the summer, proper food safety is crucial. Here are some tips for cooking out this summer:

Meat Handling Tips
Meat is one of the most popular types of grilled food, whether it is burgers, hot dogs, ribs, steaks or shish kabobs. Raw meats sometimes have hazardous bacteria, and the juices may contaminate cooked foods, so it is important to use separate plates for raw and cooked items. Maintaining a proper temperature for meat is essential as well. All raw meet should be refrigerated or frozen as soon as you bring it home from the store, and you need to know the correct internal temperatures for the food you are making. Storing raw meat at 40 degrees or less prevents bacteria growth.

It is also important to ensure meat packaging does not have any tears or leaks because it could contaminate other food in the fridge. Additionally, use a meat thermometer to be sure meat reaches the appropriate temperature for consumption when grilling food.To further reduce the risks of cross-contamination, handle uncooked meat with disposable gloves. Vinyl, nitrile or latex gloves are all suitable for food preparation. In addition, antimicrobial vinyl gloves are one of the best choices for food preparation because they are meant to be changed frequently. Be sure not to touch cooked items with gloves that have handled raw meat because this may spread bacteria.

Jalapeños and Hot Peppers
For those who enjoy spicy foods in the summer, safe handling of peppers is crucial. A pepper’s heat comes from the amount of capsaicin in the particular variety. While peppers add delicious spice to marinades and foods, hot peppers may burn the hands or eyes if you handle them without gloves. The seeds and veins are what gives peppers their heat, and cutting them without gloves may irritate the skin. If you accidentally rub your eyes without washing your hands, you may cause further irritation. Considering higher concentrations of capsaicin , are used as a pesticide it is important to handle peppers of any heat with care.

While jalapeños are fairly mild combined to other types of peppers, cutting up a large amount of them may expose you to a great deal of capsaicin. For peppers higher on the heat index such as chilies and ghost peppers, a single pepper has the potential to cause irritation. Because of the potential for contact dermatitis, peppers of all heat levels should be handled with gloves.

Latex gloves are a suitable choice as long as neither you nor your guests are allergic to latex. If anyone has a latex sensitivity, nitrile gloves may be a better choice. After cutting peppers, it is important to properly wash all cutting boards, knives and bowls. Dispose of the gloves carefully to avoid coming into contact with capsaicin.

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Handy Equipment for Fireworks Manufacturing


Independence Day is just around the corner, which means Americans around the country will be preparing to watch fireworks displays to celebrate. While many enjoy this holiday tradition, some people may not know most fireworks are still manufactured by hand to reduce the risk of factory explosions. This is because automated machinery has the potential to create sparks that would ignite the explosives.

As sales are increasing it is a great time to talk about how fireworks are made and why the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) is necessary in facilities.

A brief history of fireworks
First invented in China more than 1,000 years ago, fireworks have come a long way from sparks to large-scale aerial displays. Although China is still the leading producer of fireworks, the U.S. is one of the largest fireworks consumers. Aerial fireworks are typically made in an external shell filled with black powder and connected to a fuse.

People first started experimenting with colored fireworks during the Italian Renaissance. Different chemical compounds, typically metal salts, are responsible for the various colors. Strontium and lithium make red; calcium chloride makes orange; sodium salts produce yellow; barium compounds create green; copper compounds and chloride make blue; mixing strontium and copper makes purple; and aluminum, titanium and magnesium produce silver. Blues may be more difficult to create than other colors.

“Fireworks have changed a lot in the past millennium.”

Appropriate gear for handling fireworks
Some of the metal salts used in fireworks may be carcinogenic to humans. AMMEX N95 Cone Masks reduce the inhalation of the dust from these chemicals when inserting them into the cone that will be lit. Most aerial fireworks are made up of a cardboard cone with an igniter at the base, a fuse and stars, the pellets that add the color. The way the stars are arranged determines the pattern.

Some of these chemical compounds cause chemical burns, which are a serious workplace hazard. Gloves should be worn to minimize skin exposure to dangerous chemicals. Latex and nitrile disposable gloves protect the hands from harmful materials used to create fireworks while providing dexterity that makes it easy to handle smaller parts.

All in all, facilities need to provide the right protective coverings to keep their employees safe. On that note, have a safe Fourth of July!

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