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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September is National Food Safety Month


Each September, the National Restaurant Association celebrates National Food Safety Month as a way to increase awareness and education about proper food handling. The event was established in 1994 and recently passed its 20-year anniversary. This educational event raises visibility about food safety, and it’s also a great opportunity to sell more gloves. Restaurants and other food service venues all have a large number of staff who need disposable gloves for safe food handling. Thus, the food industry represents a great opportunity for glove sales. In 2012, glove revenue from this industry reached $3.3 billion and will grow 29 percent to $4.3 billion in glove revenue opportunity by 2022. Throughout September, AMMEX will support NFSM and help to educate buyers regarding the uses of gloves.

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

“All food service environments need to be prudent about containing possible pathogens.”

Despite the wide variety of businesses and organizations that are in the food service industry, they all have one thing in common: the need to be prudent about containing possible pathogens and protecting employees and consumers from illnesses. Disposable gloves are among the first line of defense against foodborne illnesses like salmonella, as well as bacteria that may be transferred to food through contamination, such as E.coli or hepatitis A. That’s why the NRA’s NFSM event is so important: It helps food service organizations prevent foodborne pathogens.

Every year, NFSM designates five educational topics: one for each week in September. This year’s educational theme is “Let It Flow,” which focuses on the movement of food through the restaurant and preventing contamination issues at each stage. Here are the topics the month-long event will cover:

  • Week one: Receiving
  • Week two: Storage
  • Week three: Thawing and Holding
  • Week four: Preparation
  • Week five: Service

Food service establishments will learn each week about a different step and best practices to ensure the food remains safe to eat. At each stage, gloves help staff prevent contamination and cross-contamination of ingredients.

Gloves in food service
In addition to best practices offered by the NRA, the U.S. Food and  Drug Administration (FDA) has several rules regarding the necessity of gloves for food contact. These rules are in place to protect both workers in food processing and consumers.

  • 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 are 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.
  • The FDA also requires all food processing employees wash their hands. This step reduces the chance of contamination because it prevents pathogens and other hazardous materials from touching the inside of the glove – one of many best practices for donning gloves.
“AMMEX gloves are excellent for food service applications.”

The right gloves for the right job
Food service positions, while they all require some sort of glove, involve handling different ingredients and kitchen equipment. Moreover, individual positions within the organization require unique gloves depending on the scope of the job. Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and vinyl gloves are common throughout the industry because of their relatively low cost and the loose fit, which makes them easier to don and doff. These features are important in food service, where workers have to change gloves frequently.

Vinyl’s advantage over poly is that it conforms to the hand more closely, increasing dexterity. Employees are also able to obtain extra protection with AMMEX Anti-Microbial Vinyl Gloves, which have built in antimicrobial agents to prevent organisms from growing and help prevent cross-contamination.

However, food service establishments should not feel the need to limit themselves to vinyl. Other glove materials are equally useful in this industry. Why not consider a premium glove, such as nitrile or latex? Both materials provide superior dexterity, as well as greater puncture resistance vinyl.

AMMEX’s X3 Series provides a number of options for food service applications. This lineup includes the following gloves:

  • Xtreme X3 Nitrile Gloves: Microtexture enhances gripping power in wet and dry conditions, and these gloves provide three times the puncture resistance of latex. Xtreme X3 Nitrile Gloves also feature chemical resistance and are FDA approved for food service.
  • X3 Black Nitrile Gloves: These gloves have all the same benefits as X3 Nitrile, with a classic black color that provides a professional appearance.
  • GPX3 Vinyl Gloves: GPX3 Vinyl Gloves are low-cost and loose-fitting for light duty applications where employees change gloves repeatedly.
  • LX3 Latex Gloves: These latex gloves are lightweight, provide superior puncture resistance than vinyl and offer more elasticity than nitrile.

GPX3, X3, and BX3 gloves also come with a choice of 200 gloves per box, which adds up to 2000 gloves per case. Buying larger numbers of gloves at once means you spend less on packaging and replace boxes half as often.

No matter what the application or the needs of your staff, AMMEX has a glove that fits. Be sure to follow along with us through the month of September and show your support by using the has​htags #FoodSafetyMonth and #LetItFlow2015.

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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. Also available in an exam version, 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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AMMEX’s Go-to-Market Strategy Sells More Gloves


No matter what a business sells, it is important to have a strong go-to-market strategy. What is a go-to-market strategy? Essentially, it is a comprehensive plan that details how the business will reach customers and sell products. However, for companies that sell commodities, it is arguably even more important to have a thorough strategy to introduce products to the market and gain clients. Most commodities are interchangeable, with limited ways to differentiate the physical product. With this in mind, there needs to be some way for you to differentiate yourself from competitors selling similar products.

As a disposable glove distributor, the nature of selling this commodity has forced AMMEX’s strategy to be purposeful in two key areas: having a strong focus on speed to market and introducing a program that is focused on growth tools focused on B2B and ecommerce distribution that help clients expand their respective glove categories.

AMMEX’s go-to-market strategy
Increasing speed to market is one the smartest ways to beat out the competition. Being quicker and nimbler than competitors is simply a must in the commodities business. Product differentiation options are few in number, so getting in front of the client first is crucial to success.

A speed-to-market strategy, for a commodity specifically, should contact a wide variety of people within a broad array of industries. Escalate the velocity of the sales team by increasing the number of calls and presentations to potential clients.

Stay ahead of the competition by contacting people before they do! Then, when you have their attention, follow up with something so enticing other people can’t compete with this deal AMMEX offers!

“Commodity companies need a strong go-to-market strategy.”

Marketing assistance
Anyone can sell gloves, but AMMEX helps distributors sell more gloves. AMMEX provides businesses with marketing support to bring greater awareness to the necessity of disposable gloves. In today’s fast-paced world, digital marketing is key to reaching customers quickly. Here are a few of the ways AMMEX offers marketing assistance:

  • Search engine optimization: AMMEX provides SEO-friendly, keyword-rich content and high-quality images that encourage customers to engage with businesses online. Why is this important? Almost 90 percent of consumers use search engines to make purchasing decisions. In addition, Hubspot found that customers who find a company using organic search results are 8 times more likely to buy than those who find the company through advertising.
  • Digital resources: AMMEX also provides product and training videos to help customers with the decision-making process. When shoppers watch online videos produced by the manufacturer, they are 144 percent more likely to buy the product.
  • Content: AMMEX also supercharges distributors with rebloggable content products to keep social followers engaged. According to Executive Board, buyers go through about 57 percent of their purchasing process before they even talk to the sales team. Engaging content is crucial to gain customer trust and ensuring customers keep a specific business in mind when it is time to buy.
  • Customizable marketing content: Flyers, tailored materials and product samples provide additional support tools to have on hand with the physical samples.

“The AMMEX growth program is the key differentiating feature for our products.“

Sales coaching
AMMEX’s philosophy is to make it easy for distributors to reach out to as many customers as possible, as fast as possible. We understand that although gloves are not a core product for all our distributors, they are a great residual product. Many sales reps have a wide range of SKUs and product details they need to memorize. This includes a lot of complicated information, including specs, chemical knowledge, chemical compositions and reactions to different conditions and temperatures. AMMEX takes some of this complexity away by providing a breadth of knowledge and training for sales teams.

Finally, AMMEX provides sales reps with everything they need to close a deal. At the end of the day, high-quality service and growth tools beyond the physical product are two of the key differentiators for businesses that sell commodities. Customers may think they are able to get disposable gloves anywhere, but they will not receive the same in-depth product knowledge and insight at every business. AMMEX knows glove expertise does not come overnight, so getting distributors up to speed on the differences between glove types and uses is an important step. AMMEX’s complimentary Sales Acceleration Solution® includes glove samples, training videos and other tools to help reps on the floor overcome objections and make sales.

  • Knowledge: AMMEX provides training videos and other Sales Acceleration Solution® materials to help distributors learn everything you need to know about disposable gloves. Different industries have unique needs. Sales teams need thorough knowledge of each glove to accommodate different buyers. Does the client work in health care or food service? What is the customer’s chief concern? Through our distributor login, sales reps gain access to videos, data and spec sheets to help you get a handle on the intricacies of disposable gloves.
  • Samples: Samples equal sales. Let customers try the product before they buy them since physical samples are extremely helpful for many customers. Wearing gloves is a tactile experience that includes texture, fit and thickness. Talking about the increased dexterity and form fittedness of nitrile gloves is one thing, but customers may better understand if they are able to try on the gloves themselves. Make sure you find the right glove and fit for the task.

Selling a commodity like gloves is a challenge, but with an established strategy that increases speed to market and empowers sales teams to hit the ground running, AMMEX remains competitive, and we help our distributors to do the same.

Contact an AMMEX representative today or contact us on our website to get started on becoming a distributor. If you are already a distributor, speak with your salesperson to discover more about teaming up with AMMEX and the advantages of our Sales Acceleration Solution®.

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Disposable Gloves in Baseball Stadiums


The Major League Baseball (MLB) All-Star Game took place July 14 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio. Most viewers tuned in for a chance to watch the best players team up and compete against each other. This year, the lineup included Dallas Keuchel of the Houston Astros and Zack Greinke of the Los Angeles Dodgers as starting pitchers as well as Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout and Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates up to bat. A lot of drama played out on the field, but what would the baseball experience be without hot dogs and peanuts, not to mention a properly groomed playing field? All of these activities require the right protective gear. Here are some of the aspects of stadium upkeep that require disposable gloves:

Concession stands
Where do fans go to buy their peanuts and Cracker Jacks? At the concession stand, of course! From popcorn to ice cream sold in tiny plastic ball caps, disposable gloves abound in concession stands. To avoid contamination, workers need disposable gloves, preferably ones that are easy to don and doff. When switching between tasks or even between customers, food service workers must always change their gloves. The right choice for these employees would be poly or vinyl gloves. Loose-fitting poly gloves are perfect in most circumstances, but in cases where greater dexterity is needed, closer-fitting vinyl gloves come in handy.

“A lot of work goes into preparing the stadium for a game.”

Groundskeepers
Most of the time, fans only see groundskeepers quickly resetting the field during the seventh inning stretch, but a lot of tender loving care goes into maintaining that field when players and spectators are absent. Most fields are still made of grass rather than AstroTurf, which means landscapers need to take care of it on a day-to-day basis. To keep a fresh green appearance, groundskeepers apply pesticides and other chemicals that could irritate or damage hands of workers. Nitrile gloves provide a protective barrier against chemicals and are still strong enough to protect from other irritants. In other situations, like removing thorny plants from the field, groundskeepers want a more heavy-duty work glove, like nitrile or latex dipped gloves.

Maintenance and cleanup
Once the crowds are gone, it is the staff’s duty to get rid of the peanut shells and plastic cups to make way for the next group of fans to fill the bleachers. According to data from Business Insider, the average MLB ballpark is 2.49 acres, or more than 100,000 square feet, with plenty of nooks and crannies workers need to look over. All in all, cleaning up a stadium is hard work, and it is not only the seats that need attention. Janitorial staff also need to attend to bathrooms and hallways, while concession staff scrub and sanitize their areas for the night. All of these activities require gloves of varying thicknesses.

“Cleaning requires gloves of varying thicknesses.”

Janitorial staff use harmful chemicals in the line of duty. Glass and metal cleaners that include hydrofluoric acid, nitrilotriacetate and phosphoric acid could cause burns or irritation if staff do not use a protective barrier. Bleach is also corrosive to the skin.

Vinyl gloves are a good option for janitorial staff because they are relatively low cost but still generally provide enough chemical resistance. Vinyl gloves protect hands against hydrofluoric, phosphoric and 10 percent concentrated nitric acids. Nitrile gloves provide even greater chemical resistance and are less likely to tear.

Disposable gloves might not be in the starting lineup, but the game is a lot more fun with their support. These gloves help carry out the tasks needed to keep the field in good condition and provide the amenities that make the game more enjoyable for spectators.

Learn how you can add all-star disposable gloves to your product line today, by becoming an AMMEX Distributor.  If you are already a distributor, speak with your dedicated sales representative to discover the advantages of our Sales Acceleration Solution®.  Stay informed on industry trends by following us on Facebook.

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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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