The Right Glove for the Job


Disposable gloves are used for a multitude of purposes, from food preparation to medical to automotive. However, it’s important to know which type of gloves are best suited for your intended purpose. Here’s a look at the main types of gloves and their uses:

Latex
Latex gloves offer the best fit and dexterity, which is why  these gloves are more comfortable for longer wear. Outside of the medical and dental fields, latex gloves are commonly used for janitorial work, beauty services, child care, safe chemical handling, plumbing and painting.

Nitrile
Currently, 80 percent of the disposable gloves in the automotive field are nitrile because they offer superior puncture resistance and barrier protection against a variety of harsh chemicals. Nitrile gloves are also becoming more popular in the medical and dental fields because of the growing prevalence of latex sensitivities. Nitrile gloves conform to the hands during wear for comfortable fit, and they are highly resistant to a variety of chemicals. Industrial and medical grade nitrile gloves come in a range of different colors, which may be functional as well as eye-catching. For example, orange industrial-grade nitrile gloves help workers be more aware of their hands when working in dark environments.

Vinyl
As more food service and processing workers use gloves during preparation, vinyl glove usage is taking off. Vinyl gloves contain no latex, have a smooth surface and have a looser fit than nitrile or latex gloves although they still conform to the hands. These gloves are also used in other industries, including medical and janitorial-sanitation.

Poly
Poly gloves are perfect for food preparation and handling because of their loose fit, which makes it easier for employees to remove the gloves for more frequent glove changes. Stretch poly gloves have a more enhanced grip and are easier to don.

 

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Not without Gloves: Specialty Chemicals


Specialty chemicals are produced to serve a specific function and may be composed of a single chemical or a blend. Specialty chemicals often have an influence on the end product in the manufacturing process and are commonly used in the oil industry, agriculture, electronics, construction and consumer goods, such as detergents, perfumes and paper items, according to Value Line. Because these blends vary depending on the application, specialty chemicals should always be handled with care, which means utilizing gloves and other personal protective equipment (PPE).

Compared to other chemicals, specialty chemicals are typically manufactured in a batch process rather than continuous, which results in a pure product, according to the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates. Each compound may have only one or two uses, which means companies need to understand the specific chemical compounds used in their processes to select the right gloves for the job. Here are some components of specialty chemicals and the appropriate gloves for handling them:

Iodine
Although iodine is elemental, compounds of this chemical often appear in specialty chemicals. Commonly used in medicines and animal feed supplements, iodine compounds may be considered specialty chemicals. Iodine is an essential nutrient, but too much exposure – 400 micrograms per day or more – has been linked to thyroid complications, according to Fox News. This condition may cause fatigue, depression and dry skin. Vinyl, nitrile and latex gloves all provide sufficient barrier protection when handling iodine.

Printing ink
Many printing inks contain carbon black, which is classified as a carcinogen. Ink is used for a variety of purposes, and overexposure may be risky. Latex and nitrile gloves protect the hands from printing ink.

Lubricants
Often found in the oil industry and automotive applications, lubricants contain mineral oils and may be carcinogenic. Nitrile gloves offer protection from this specialty chemical and are well suited for automotive applications because this glove material is highly puncture resistant and offers protection from many common engine chemicals. Latex gloves may not be suitable for automotive work because they are not resistant to petroleum-based chemicals.

Plastics
Petroleum and a variety of specialty chemicals are used to manufacture different types of plastics. Nitrile gloves are also recommended for handling petroleum of up to 100 percent.

This has been AMMEX’s “Not without gloves” series, where we have discussed hazardous chemicals and effective PPE for each. For more about chemical resistance and barrier protection, contact AMMEX today.

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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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Not without Gloves: Wood stains


Wood stains come in a variety of compositions and consistencies. Some are semi-transparent, and others are intended to create a thick coating over the wood. Because of the variety of products on the market, specific stains may have multiple hazardous chemicals in them. Here are some chemicals commonly found in wood stains and effective disposable gloves for each:

Ethylene glycol
Although many wood stains are water-based, they still contain a small percentage of a solvent, such as ethylene glycol. This chemical is poorly absorbed through the skin, but the U.S. Centers for Disease Control still recommends chemical-resistant gloves for handling ethylene glycol. For ethylene glycol in its liquid form, vinyl, nitrile and latex gloves all provide protection. In the solvent’s ether form, latex and nitrile gloves may be used for a limited time. On-site testing should always be conducted to determine the safe handling time for a particular solution.

Sodium hydroxide
Sodium hydroxide is a corrosive with the potential to cause burns on any tissue it comes into contact with. Chemical burns may even lead to deep tissue damage, so this chemical should always be handled with care. Solutions of sodium hydroxide with up to a 50 percent concentration may be safely handled with latex, nitrile or vinyl gloves.

Mineral spirits are hydrocarbons commonly found in wood stains, paints and paint thinners. Direct contact with mineral spirits causes skin burns, irritation and even necrosis. Nitrile gloves offer protection for safe handling of mineral spirit concentrations of up to 100 percent.

Ethyl alcohol
Ethyl alcohol is most commonly found in alcoholic beverages, and it is also used as a solvent and to manufacture other chemicals. Ethyl alcohol is flammable, and high concentrations may irritate the skin or cause redness or dryness. For wood stains containing ethyl alcohol, latex and nitrile gloves are well suited for application. Vinyl gloves may be used for a limited time.

Latex
Some film finishes are latex-based for a more solid finish and better color retention than other stains but adds risks for people with latex sensitivities. Nitrile gloves are suitable for people with latex sensitivities or allergies, and these gloves provide superior chemical resistance for many different compounds.

1,4-Dioxane
1,4-dioxane is a chemical found in wood stains and a suspected carcinogen that may also cause skin irritation. Latex and vinyl gloves may be used for a limited time for protection from 1,4-dioxane.

 

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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 gloves
These 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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Not Without Gloves: Pesticides


Pesticides should always be handled with the proper barrier protection. Different formulations target various organisms, such as insects, rodents, algae, weeds and fungi. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulates the use of all pesticides and requires chemicals that have been registered for many years to be reassessed to ensure they meet current standards.

Pesticides typically come in organic or inorganic solutions with an active ingredient. Although some pesticide formulas are less toxic than others, they are still hazardous to human health in high levels, and anyone handling these products must protect themselves. Here are some of the hazardous chemicals commonly found in pesticides and effective gloves for handling each:

Naphthalene
Naphthalene is made from crude oil, coal tar or created when other chemicals burn. It was the first registered pesticide in the U.S. in 1948. Because this chemical is found in mothballs, it has been shown to cause anemia in infants when the clothing was not washed prior to wear, according to the National Pesticide Information Center at Oregon State University. It has been linked to anemia in adults as well. Although naphthalene breaks down in the environment over time, workers should wear gloves when handling pesticides that contain this chemical.

Latex, nitrile and vinyl gloves are all resistant to naphthalene. Because these types of gloves all provide protection from this chemical, it is easier for companies to accommodate people with latex sensitivities.

Paradichlorobenzene
Another common insecticide, paradichlorobenzene causes a burning sensation on the skin after prolonged contact. Nitrile gloves are recommended protection from skin exposure to this toxin.

Capsaicin
Even naturally occurring chemicals can cause harm. Capsaicin, for example, is a naturally occurring chemical that gives chili peppers their heat. It is used to deter mites, insects and animals. While it is safe for humans to eat, it may irritate the skin or eyes upon contact, especially when highly concentrated. The effects are temporary and it is considered a safer pesticide because it is a naturally occurring substance, but skin contact may cause pain. High concentrations of capsaicin may burn through latex gloves in a short time. Nitrile gloves provide greater protection from this harsh substance.

For any pesticide, it is important to know the solution’s chemical composition and then test disposal work gloves for resistance to identify safe exposure levels. Contact your AMMEX representative or contact us on our website to learn more about the right barrier protection and add gloves to your line up.

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Not without Gloves: Salon Chemicals

Helping clients look their best may come at a price for salon workers because they are often exposed to hazardous chemicals. Hair and nail salon workers handle potentially toxic chemicals on a daily basis, and they need to know how to protect themselves. Employees must be aware of the risks and don the right personal protective equipment based on the chemicals they handle. Here are some common salon chemicals and barrier protection for each:

Acetone
A common ingredient in both nail polish remover and hairspray, acetone may cause skin irritation. In some cases, there may not be sufficient alternatives to allow salon workers to completely avoid exposure to this chemical. However, latex gloves offer superior barrier protection so employees minimize skin exposure. Vinyl is not resistant to acetone, so latex is the best choice for handling acetone. However, depending on the length of exposure to chemicals, nitrile may be a better choice to avoid exposure to latex.

Formaldehyde
Formaldehyde, which is often found in nail polish and nail hardeners, is one of the riskiest chemicals for salon workers to handle because it may cause cancer after long-term exposure. From short-term exposure, formaldehyde causes skin irritation and dermatitis. Even low concentrations of formaldehyde may lead to negative side effects. The U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) recommended respirators for handling formaldehyde. Many salons are well-ventilated, but N95-rated masks filter out dust and germs. Gloves should also be used to protect the skin. Latex, vinyl and nitrile gloves offer protection from this chemical for concentrations up to 99 percent.

Trichloroethylene
Often used in hair extension glue and lace wig glue, trichloroethylene may cause eye and skin irritation, as well as nausea and disorientation. Long-term exposure may lead to dermatitis and liver and kidney damage. Nitrile gloves provide protection against this chemical. In addition, vinyl gloves may be used for a limited time to guard against trichloroethylene exposure.

Dibutyl phthalate
Dibutyl phthalate is found in nail polish and may cause skin irritation. Within the selection of glove materials, nitrile gloves protect workers from dibutyl phthalate whereas latex gloves may be used for a limited time to protect from this chemical.

Toulene
Used in many different industries and common in a number of beauty products, including nail polish, nail glue, hair dye and hairpiece bonding, toulene is one of the most toxic chemicals in salons. It has been linked to skin rashes, nausea, eye irritation and headaches. If workers are exposed to this chemical for an extended length of time, it may lead to birth defects or the loss of a pregnancy. Because this chemical is so toxic, vinyl gloves may be used, but for only a limited time.

Because concentrations may vary, it is important to check the safety data sheet issued by the manufacturer and conduct in-house testing to determine the safe exposure time. Gloves should always be replaced if they are torn or compromised in any way. Although nitrile gloves offer barrier protection against many common salon chemicals, it is crucial to understand the recommendations for each solution. Concentrations may vary by manufacturer, and salons need to ensure they select the right gloves for the application. In addition to chemicals, salon workers need gloves to protect them from customers’ nails, blood or skin.

To learn more about what glove is best for the chemicals you may be using 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 what AMMEX can offer for you.

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Not without Gloves: Lacquer and Paint Thinners


Lacquer and paint thinners are harsh solvents that should not be handled without the correct personal protective equipment (PPE). This is because these substances, which are used in the construction, automotive, retail and maritime industries, present several health risks when they are not handled safely.

If certain workers use paint and lacquer thinners without gloves, they may experience dermatitis, skin irritation and numbness in the areas that come in in contact with the solvents. With repeated exposure to the chemicals, the side effects become more severe, ranging from liver disease to an increased risk of cancer, as indicated by material safety data sheets (MSDSs) for these solvents.

With these hazards in mind, always consider the following PPE for safe handling of paint and lacquer thinners:

The importance of disposable gloves
Disposable gloves protect workers’ hands while they use paint and lacquer thinners.

Nitrile gloves are perfect for handling these substances because they stand up to the specific chemicals that are typically found in these solvents. This is because they are made from a petroleum-based synthetic material that is designed to provide chemical resistance. According to an MSDS from GC Electronics, its paint thinner contains a mixture of toluene and hydrotreated naphtha – about 40-50 percent of each. Based on these chemicals, the data sheet recommended nitrile gloves for use because the material is resistant to this mixture.

Lacquer thinner, which has a higher solvency than paint thinner and is therefore a harsher substance, often contains chemicals such as methanol and hexane. Nitrile also provides sufficient resistance to these and other ingredients commonly found in lacquer thinners.

Workers should keep in mind the permeation times for each chemical in these solvents in relation to nitrile. For instance, the naphtha in a mixture will not wear down a nitrile glove quickly, but the permeation time could decrease if the solvent contains methyl ethyl ketone, which is not recommended for use with nitrile gloves. This chemical clearly degrades the glove material. Latex gloves are a better option for handling thinners with methyl ethyl ketone but for only a limited duration per glove pair.

Face masks
Paint and lacquer thinners can be used with spray applicators. Also, they are often present in lacquers and paint to thin those coatings for use with a spray applicator. To reduce the inhalation risk, workers should don N-95-rated face masks. These products will prevent individuals from directly inhaling the solvents during the spraying process. It is important to note face masks address the risk of particles from the spray solutions entering the nose and mouth but do not filter vapors. Depending on the compounds being sprayed, a respirator mask is appropriate for more dangerous chemical use.

The importance of on-site testing and glove changes
When selecting PPE for handling any chemical, it is important to conduct on-site testing. This is particularly true of paint and lacquer thinners, as chemical mixtures for these substances vary by manufacturer. Testing allows workers to have a more accurate picture of permeation times and degradation, which provides a better idea of how often workers must change gloves and which material works best based on the task.

The chemical being sprayed will set the tone for the best glove choice. The GlovePlus HD Heavy Duty Nitrile Exam Gloves are the most commonly used gloves for lacquer and paint thinners.

Stay tuned for the next installment in our series, which will cover the best PPE for salons.

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Not without Gloves: Perchloroethylene


There are a number of things you shouldn’t touch without gloves, but AMMEX has you covered with superior barrier protection. Perchloroethylene is a non-flammable, colorless, volatile organic compound frequently used in dry cleaning applications. It is also known as tetrachloroethylene, PCE and PERC. While dry cleaning fabrics is the most common use for PERC, it is also used to manufacture other chemicals, such as chlorofluorocarbons, rubber coatings, insulating fluid or cooling gas for electrical transformers, solvent soaps, printing inks, adhesives, leather treatments and automotive cleaners, among others.

Employees may be exposed to PERC if they work in a facility that dry cleans, degreases metal, produces chemicals, manufactures textiles or coats rubber, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

How are employees exposed to PERC?
Although PERC is the most common solvent used in dry cleaning, it poses serious health risks to workers, especially if employees regularly breathe in vapors or their skin comes into contact with the substance. Exposure may immediately lead to dizziness, blistering or irritation of the skin. Over time, exposure may cause loss of coordination, memory loss and delayed reaction times. Some studies have indicated PERC leads to an increased risk for esophageal, cervical, kidney, liver, skin, lung and bladder cancer, as well as lymphoma and leukemia, although it is unclear if other risk factors affect this. Several organizations, including the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the National Toxicology Program and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), have classified PERC as a probable human carcinogen. Employees with heart, liver, kidney or lung diseases are at a heightened risk of the effects of PERC.

Dry cleaning workers may be exposed to high levels of this chemical when loading dirty clothes to a machine because contaminated air is forced out. In addition, removing clothes before a cycle is finished, transferring items, cleaning lint traps and changing solvent filters exposes employees to PERC.

How employers combat PERC exposure
Although most PERC-related health problems are caused by inhalation, the chemical may cause irritation after direct contact with the skin. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration limits PERC exposure in the workplace. Over the course of eight hours, workers should be exposed to no more than 100 parts PERC per million (PPM). The maximum PPM is 300. In addition to these federally regulated limits, facilities need to have the right protective gear on hand.

Industrial-grade latex and nitrile gloves protect workers who handle PERC, and face masks should be used to minimize exposure. AMMEX N95 Cone Masks are rated N95 by NIOSH, ensuring a high level of protection for employees.

Stay tuned for our next installment on lacquer thinner.

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