September is Food Safety Month: Why Use Disposable Gloves?

The National Restaurant Association celebrates National Food Safety Month, every September as a way to increase awareness and education about proper food handling. The month-long event was established in 1994 and promotes food safety awareness through prevention and protection.  September is Food Safety Month:  Why Use Gloves?

Food Safety Month is an ideal time to highlight the benefits of disposable glove use in industrial applications such as food service, food processing and even home-use.  Restaurants and other food service venues all have a need to protect employees who need disposable gloves for safe food handling.  That equals

Did you know that the disposable glove revenue from the food service industry is an estimated $3.3 billion?

That number represents a lot of glove sales!  In fact, disposable glove revenue will continue to grow 29 percent to $4.3 billion in glove revenue opportunity by 2022. Throughout Food Safety Month this 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.

Why Use Gloves In the Food Industry?
Everyone involved in the food service industry, all have one thing in common: the need to be proactive  about containing possible pathogens and protecting employees and consumers from illnesses. Disposable gloves are among the first line of defense against foodborne illnesses like norovirus and 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 events are so important: It helps food service organizations prevent foodborne pathogens. When it comes to food service workers and hygiene, another trusted authority on food safety and proper handling is the CDC. Consider the following statics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Did You Know?

Help-Prevent-Norovirus-Outbreaks-in-the-Food-Service-IndustryAbout 20 million people get sick from norovirus each year

Help-Prevent-Norovirus-Outbreaks-in-the-Food-Service-Industry#1 cause of outbreaks from contaminated food in the US.

Help-Prevent-Norovirus-Outbreaks-in-the-Food-Service-IndustryInfected food workers cause about 70% of reported outbreaks

Norovirus and other foodborne illnesses from contaminated food are common in the food service industry.  Unfortunately, food service workers often go to work when they are sick and may contaminate food.  Of outbreaks caused by infected food workers, 54% involve food workers touching ready-to-eat-foods with their bare hands. Ready-to-eat foods are foods that are ready to be served without additional preparation, such as washed raw fruits and vegetables for salads or sandwiches, baked goods, or items that have already been cooked.Observations of food service workers have shown that they practice proper hand washing only 1 in 4 times.

Observations of food service workers have shown that they practice proper hand washing only 1 in 4 times.

What Can be Done?

Prevention, protection and policies are some of the key actions to take in fighting food contamination and foodborne illness. Tools such as disposable gloves and personal protective equipment are essential in protecting consumers.

Food service industry can

  • Adhere to food safety laws and regulations.
  • Certify kitchen managers and train food service workers in food safety practices.
  • Establish policies that require workers to stay home while sick with vomiting and diarrhea for at least 48 hours after symptoms stop.
  • Foster a work environment that encourages workers to stay home when sick, by considering such measures such as paid sick leave and a staffing plan that includes on-call workers.

Food service workers can

  • Tell a manager when sick with symptoms of norovirus such as vomiting and diarrhea.
  • Wash hands carefully and often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the restroom.
  • Use single-use disposable gloves to avoid touching ready-to-eat foods with bare hands.
  • Regularly clean and sanitize kitchen surfaces and frequently touched objects, using a chlorine based product or other sanitizer approved by the Environmental Protection Agency for use against norovirus.
  • Immediately block off, clean, and disinfect areas where there has been a vomiting or diarrheal incident.
  • Carefully wash fruits and vegetables and avoid serving undercooked (below 140°F) oysters and other shellfish.
  • Visit www.FoodSafety.gov for the latest information.

The CDC strongly recommends food workers use disposable gloves to avoid touching food with bare hands.

September is Food Safety Month:  Why Use Disposable Gloves?

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.  Food service disposable gloves can help prevent food contamination and foodborne illness in the food service industry.  Protecting workers and consumers against foodborne illness is a major concern in the food service industry. Tarnished reputations and decreased profits are the consequences when restaurants have to close due to foodborne illness.

No matter what the application or the needs of your staff, AMMEX has a glove that fits.  Regardless of which disposable gloves food service workers use, poly, vinyl, and latex disposable gloves are a smart investment for the foodservice industry.
Thousands of distributors rely on AMMEX to supply their customers in the food service industry with high-quality AMMEX disposable gloves. Contact us today to become an AMMEX distributor and learn how we help our distributors grow their glove sales on average of 31%!  Be sure to follow along with us through the month of September and show your support for Food Safety Month by using the #FoodSafetyMonth and #FoodSafetyGloves
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AMMEX New Glove! Take a Sneak Peak Now


Demand More – AMMEX Has Done it!
Introducing our latest innovation: Gloveworks HD Black Nitrile

Take a Sneak Peek Now – Offer Your Customers More Starting July 6.


 

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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. We support our AMMEX 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 nitrile, latex, vinyl and poly disposable gloves and personal protection equipment to thousands of distributors in a variety of industries. AMMEX has the gloves you need for every industry and the support you want to grow your glove sales.

Contact us today to become a distributor and supply your customers with superior quality disposable gloves and barrier protection products.

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Demand More: New AMMEX Partner Portal


AMMEX Corporation is pleased to announce the launch of our new Partner Portal, a digital toolkit that offers resources to help you manage your business, content to engage and connect with your customers, and training materials for your team to sell more gloves and other PPE products.


Demand More: New AMMEX Partner Portal

Today’s consumers both B2B and B2C are more knowledgeable and discriminating than ever before—and constantly connected. With online access to product information, price comparisons, user reviews, and “friend” recommendations on social media, they make informed and rapid buying decisions in this new omnichannel marketplace. To compete successfully, distributors must demand more – more support, tools and resources from vendors to reach more customers, tap into more opportunities and grow more sales.  Demand More:  New AMMEX Partner Portal – More Reach – More Opportunities –  More Sales!

More Reach

The main goal of the AMMEX Partner Portal is to give our valued partners exclusive access to a convenient online toolkit of resources located in one convenient place.  The portal is easy to navigate and users will find valuable information such as, digital and print marketing resources, training tools, pricing and sales information, technical details/support, and exclusive previews of new promotions and product launches that are unavailable to end users.  The new AMMEX Partner Portal will give distributors the tools to reach more customers.

More Opportunities

Take advantage of exclusive resources that will help you tap into today’s business opportunities.  The new partner portal includes all the resources to help distributors compete in today’s omnichannel marketplace. For instance, our social media section has content that can be easily shared on your social media pages including Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Google+. In this section, you can also find content for our monthly campaigns as well as individual product launches and campaigns. Tools include the new content calendar, an easy way to view the upcoming content and help you to plan yours.

More Growth

AMMEX supports our distributors with unique, industry-leading sales, marketing, and training tools that are proven to help you grow your glove sales. Log into the new AMMEX Partner Portal and see how you can grow your glove sales by leveraging valuable tools such as spec sheets, data sheets, logos, infographics, and  industry flyers.  We are here to help you sell more gloves!

New AMMEX Partner Portal

Not a distributor?  Contact us to become a distributor and gain access to the partner portal today!

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Top JanSan Industry Growth Opportunities


Safety continues to be a major concern in the JanSan industry. Whether it’s protection from harsh chemicals, avoiding cross-contamination, or preventing the spread of infection – gloves are an essential tool for safety in the JanSan industry. Consider these recent reports highlighting the top JanSan industry growth opportunities.

Many facilities across all sectors – Healthcare, industrial, education, government, commercial, domestic, hospitality, and food service – rely on the products and services that the JanSan industry provides. The JanSan industry in the U.S. is projected to have annual growth of 33% reaching $2.0 billion by 2022.  In fact, the JanSan industry has the second-highest revenue growth potential of all sectors, indicating the market is ripe for expansion. The forecasted growth for the JanSan industry is positive with two sectors fueling the demand – Real Estate, and Healthcare.

Top SanJan Industry Growth Opportunities


  1. Commercial Real Estate:  After years of sluggish growth, office space is being leased at the fastest clip since the great recession, according to a recent report by Reis Inc. Employers added 15.3 million square feet of office space in the fourth quarter, more than any other quarter since the third quarter of 2007, according to real-estate research service Reis Inc. This news should prove positive for the professional cleaning industry.  Higher occupancy translates to more building space that needs to be cleaned, and more cleaning tools, equipment, and chemicals will need to be purchased.

  2. Infection Prevention in Healthcare:  The growing demand for infection prevention products and services is forecasted to positively impact the JanSan sector. According to a new study, “Infection Prevention Products & Services,” by Market to Market, the demand for infection prevention products and services is forecasted to expand 6.7% percent annually to $16.7 billion in 2020. The study also reveals that increasing pressures on hospitals and other healthcare facilities to decrease rates of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) will boost revenues generated by infection prevention supplies, equipment, and services.

With the potential for vinyl, nitrile and latex glove sales, distributors do not want to miss out on the many sales opportunities in the JanSan industry. Workers use cleaning chemicals and other tools to perform their jobs, while the most important tool – personal protection equipment – is often ignored resulting in illness, injury, and fatalities.

How can you capitalize on the growth in SanJan?  Check out our next article 3 Smart Sales Tips for JanSan Safety

June is National Safety Month and Safety is Everyone’s Business. You may not think that you are in the safety business, but safety impacts everyone in every industry. No matter how much the JanSan industry changes, there is always a need to protect the health and safety of workers. Gloves are an essential tool for safety. The JanSan industry – manufacturers, distributors, and facility managers – that can offer quality products, understand what matters, and add value by promoting solutions will be positioned to capitalize on the forecasted market growth.

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3 Smart Sales Tips for JanSan Safety


Like other B2B industries, the JanSan market continues to experience major changes  – the rapid rise of disruptive technology – the social media revolution – buying power shifts with Millennials and Baby Boomers, distribution model changes and more. No matter how much the JanSan industry changes, there is always a need to protect the health and safety of workers.  In fact, recent reports indicate that market conditions in commercial real estate and the medical sectors are fueling growth in the JanSan industry.  How can you capitalize on the growth in SanJan?

3 Smart Sales Tips for JanSan Safety

  1. Stay current on Trends
    Trends, such as increased health and safety, energy and labor savings, and sustainability, have fueled the cleaning industry and will continue to do so for years to come. Manufacturers in the JanSan industry will continue to invest in research and development and product innovation to stay on the cutting-edge.  This is a great outlook for distributors who will have a steady stream of new products that provide customers with innovative solutions to do their work safer and more efficiently. The needs are virtually endless and so is the income stream for those that stay informed and take action.
  2. Understand what matters
    Find out what’s really important to your customers.  Do you really understand your customer’s unique needs?  Curiosity is a powerful trait. The most successful  businesspeople will tell you that curiosity is one of the best qualities a salesperson can have. Curious salespeople ask probing questions and take a genuine interest in learning about their clients. if you stop selling and start asking, you’ll find out what motivates them to make decisions, and, by listening, you’ve now built a trusting relationship. It’s a win-win-win.
  3. Promote Solutions
    How do you add value?  Smart distributors understand this key fact – you don’t sell products – you sell solutions.  When describing the JanSan products that you sell, be specific about the problems that they solve for your customers in each sector in JanSan – education, government, healthcare, hospitality, food service, commercial and domestic.  Sure, you sell disposable latex, nitrile vinyl, and poly gloves, but what do you really sell?  Emphasize the solutions your products provide –
  • Healthcare: “We help hospitals reduce the spread of infections.”
  • Education:We help schools reduce student absenteeism.”
  • Industrial:  “We help facilities increase productivity.”
  • Foodservice: “We help restaurants reduce cross contamination.”

Safety is Everyone’s Business.  You may not think that you are in the safety business, but safety impacts everyone in every industry. No matter how much the JanSan industry changes, there is always a need to protect the health and safety of workers.  Gloves are an essential tool for safety. The JanSan industry – manufacturers, distributors, and facility managers – that can offer quality products, understand what matters, and add value by promoting solutions will be positioned to capitalize on the forecasted market growth.

When you partner with AMMEX you get much more than a supplier, you get the benefits of AMMEX’s Sales Acceleration Solution® a unique marketing and sales support program –  to help skyrocket your profits and reach a broader client base. We support our wholesale distributors with quality products, outstanding service, competitive prices, and proven marketing support to grow their glove sales.  Contact us today to become a distributor and supply your customers with superior quality disposable gloves and barrier protection products.

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Why Safety Matters for All Industries


June is National Safety Month and workplace safety is no accident.  In fact, occupational accidents and injuries affect every industry and can majorly impact an employer’s bottom line.  Businesses spend $170 billion a year on costs associated with occupational injuries and Illness. However, workplace accidents can be substantially reduced with a solid safety program incorporating personal protective equipment (PPE). This June, we encourage you to learn more about why safety matters for all industries.  Each week during National Safety Month, AMMEX will share valuable industry-specific topics, tips, and trends that you can reshare or send directly so you are a Safety Expert for your clients #‎SafetyMatters.

Safety Matters for All Industries

    • Week 1:  Safety Month Launch
    • Week 2:  JanSan Industry
    • Week 3:  Automotive Industry
    • Week 4:  Food Service Industry
    • Week 5:  Medical and Dental Industry

Why Safety Matters for All Industries

Workplace safety affects all industries – whether it’s food safety in the food service industry, chemical safety in janitorial and sanitation, or protection against biological agents in the medical and dental industry – whatever the case workplace safety matters to every industry.  In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that workplace injuries reached 3.0 million in 2014 and occurred across all occupations.  Workplace injuries can significantly impact an employer’s bottom line.

“Creating a safe workplace is becoming increasingly important to business success.”

Employers that invest in workplace safety can expect to reduce fatalities, injuries, and illnesses. This will result in cost savings in a variety of areas, such as lowering workers’ compensation costs and medical expenses, avoiding OSHA penalties, and reducing costs to train replacement employees and conduct accident investigations. In addition, employers often find that changes made to improve workplace safety and health can result in significant improvements to their organization’s productivity and financial performance.

“Because much work is done with the hands, gloves are essential for workplace safety programs.”

Fatalities and injuries can be substantially reduced with the use of personal protective equipment (PPE).  Any form of PPE that acts as a barrier between the skin and the agent of exposure can be considered skin protection. Gloves are an essential tool in protecting workers. Some examples of gloves commonly used as PPE include leather work gloves and disposable gloves such as nitrile, latex, vinyl or poly.  Many different gloves are used for protection, generally against biological agents, chemical agents, and mechanical trauma.  Other than gloves, protection worn for the purpose of protecting the skin is considered personal protection equipment such as face masks, poly sleeves, aprons, and hair nets.

National Safety Month is a great time for employers to evaluate workplace safety programs and safety equipment. The benefits of a workplace safety program can directly affect the company’s bottom line, reducing costs and improving productivity.  AMMEX disposable gloves are sold by AMMEX distributors and trusted by the most prominent end users across a variety of industries.  Contact us today to become a distributor and supply your customers with superior quality disposable gloves and barrier protection products.

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5 Amazing Health Benefits of Giving


We all know the saying, “It is better to give than to receive.” While it is true that giving really benefits those in need, did you know studies show that giving is truly good for the giver too?  As millions come together to celebrate the holidays, let’s take a look at how giving not only adds richness to our lives but surprisingly improves our health. Here’s 5 Amazing Health Benefits of Giving

“Only by giving are you able to receive more than you already have.” Jim Rohn –

1. Greater Happiness

Biologically, giving can create a “warm glow,” stimulating regions in the brain associated with pleasure, trust and connection with other people.  In a 2006 study, researchers from the National Institutes of Health studied the functional MRIs of subjects who gave to various charities. They found that giving stimulates the mesolimbic pathway, which is the reward center in the brain, releasing endorphins and creating what is known as the “helper’s high.” And like other highs, this one is addictive, too.

2. Stronger Heart
There is significant evidence to show that when people perform charitable acts, they tend to have lower blood pressure. In one study, researchers measured people’s blood pressure before and after performing an act of kindness then before and after spending money on themselves. Findings showed that those who performed a good deed had lower blood pressure after; whereas, the group that spent money on themselves, did not show a reduction in blood pressure.  While the reasons are not entirely clear, it is believed that altruistic acts decrease stress; increase levels of the hormone oxytocin, which drops blood pressure; and in some instances is a catalyst for physical activity such as fundraising walks.

3.  Immune Booster
Kind deeds decrease stress and promote a feeling of wellbeing, both of which boost our immune system. Specifically, scientists’ studies indicate that the levels of T cells—a special immune system cell—increase in our body. What this boils down to is a better defense against germs and, even, cancer because our immune system fights cancerous growth. Additionally, altruistic acts have been shown to decrease inflammation, which is the underlying cause of a number of chronic illnesses and can actually provoke cancerous growths.

4. Pain Reliever
Acts of giving and kindness can help to suppress physical pain by releasing endorphins—our body’s natural pain reliever. In one study, when chronic-pain sufferers volunteered to lead discussion groups for pain sufferers or make weekly calls to check in on patients, their own pain levels decreased. When your body releases chemicals called endorphins. These endorphins interact with the receptors in your brain that reduce your perception of pain.  Endorphins also trigger a positive feeling in the body, similar to that of morphine. For example, the feeling that follows a run or workout is often described as “euphoric.” That feeling, known as a “runner’s high,” can be accompanied by a positive and energizing outlook on life.

5. Longer Life
According to a study from University of California, Berkeley, study, people who were 55 and older who volunteered for two or more organizations were 44 percent less likely to die over a five-year period than those who didn’t volunteer — even accounting for many other factors including age, exercise, general health and negative habits like smoking.  In a 2003 University of Michigan study, a researcher found similar numbers in studying elderly people who gave help to friends, relatives and neighbors — or who gave emotional support to their spouses — versus those who didn’t.

As we look through our holiday lists, we should add daily acts of “giving, generosity, and kindness” to our lists as it not only helps others, but as studies show, giving helps our health too! It looks like science has proven that it is indeed better to give than to receive.

Sources: The Cleveland Clinic and The Washington Times

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Essential Safety Tips for Working in Cold Conditions


Despite some unseasonably warm weather, winter starts today. Don’t be fooled, this year’s El Niño among the strongest on record, is expected to really pack a winter punch across the country. Forecasters at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center issued the U.S. Winter Outlook favoring cooler and wetter weather in Southern Tier states with above-average temperatures most likely in the West and across the Northern Tier.  “A strong El Niño is in place and should exert a strong influence over our weather this winter,” said Mike Halpert, deputy director, NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center.

While the danger from winter weather varies across the country, nearly all Americans, regardless of where they live, are likely to face some type of severe winter weather at some point in their lives. Winter storms can range from a moderate snow over a few hours to a blizzard with blinding, wind-driven snow that lasts for several days. Many winter storms are accompanied by dangerously low temperatures and sometimes by strong winds, icing, sleet and freezing rain.

Winter weather can be severe,unpredictable and a hazard, especially to thousands of workers who are exposed to cold outdoor work environments in the winter months.  A number of industries and occupations involve substantial outdoor cold exposure. Some workers may be required to work outdoors in cold environments for extended periods, for example, snow cleanup crews, sanitation workers, police officers and emergency response and recovery personnel, like firefighters, and emergency medical technicians.  However cold outdoor work is not the only hazardous work environment.

Many indoor workers — such as those in the food processing industry, cold storage industry, supermarkets or in the transportation chain — also can be negatively impacted by cold work environments if not properly protected and trained.  Anyone working in a cold environment may be at risk of cold stress, frostbite or even hypothermia.  The following tips will help workers understand the dangers of working in cold temperatures and how it can be prevented.

As with any workplace hazard, prevention is key to protecting workers and preventing cold-related injuries.

 When working in cold temperatures, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the following essential safety tips for working in cold conditions:
  • Wear layers of loose clothing and avoid tight clothing, as it can restrict blood circulation.
  • Ensure the ears, face, hands and feet are properly covered.
  • Wear waterproof and insulated boots.
  • Move into warm locations during breaks.  If working in remote areas with no access to heat, use single use air activated heat packs to provide warmth for your hands and feet.
  • Include a thermometer and chemical hot packs in your first aid kit.
  • Workers should watch out for one another. Monitor your physical condition as well as your co-workers.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, when exposed to cold temperatures, the body starts to lose heat faster than it can produce it. If this happens for a prolonged period of time, the cold eventually will use up all of the body’s energy, resulting in hypothermia, or an abnormally low body temperature. Symptoms vary from person to person, but early signs of hypothermia include shivering, fatigue and confusion. More advanced symptoms include blue skin, dilated pupils and loss of consciousness.  Studies suggest that more people are dying from hypothermia in the United States, a new government report shows, raising fresh worries for a nation that is facing the strongest El Niño, in twenty years.

Heavy snowfall and extreme cold storms can quickly immobilize an entire region.  The National Weather Service refers to winter storms as the “Deceptive Killers” because most deaths are indirectly related to the storm. Another words, winter storm fatalities can be caused by traffic accidents on icy roads and from hypothermia from prolonged exposure to cold. No matter the circumstance, it is important to be prepared for winter weather before it strikes.

Preparation and prevention is the key to avoiding cold-related workplace hazards. Employers should take the steps now to ensure a safe workplace for workers exposed to cold conditions.  AMMEX can help – We proudly supply 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 and personal protection equipment that you need.

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

 

 

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The Benefits of AMMEX Orange Nitrile Gloves


Orange nitrile gloves are one of AMMEX’s premium glove products – ideal for many industries and situations. When it comes to versatility, it is hard to beat AMMEX’s orange nitrile gloves. Want more information? Check out the infographic below!

Texture and gripping power
These gloves have a raised diamond texture designed to give wearers a better, stronger grip. With more than 3,000 raised diamonds on each glove, these products have 60 percent more surface area than a standard nitrile glove. The raised diamond grip allows wearers to work effectively in wet or dry conditions. The diamonds create channels that allow liquid to pass through easily, preventing fluids from interfering with work. The texture is all over the surface, making the gloves ambidextrous.

Better visibility
In dimly lit environments, orange nitrile gloves are a worker’s best friend. The high-impact orange color of these gloves is easy to see even in dark areas, like garages or industrial workplaces. The color of these gloves are a helpful warning to those around you that says, “Be careful! I’m working here!” For companies that prioritize safety, these gloves are a must-have. The high-visibility color also increases safety compliance.

Thickness and protection
Orange nitrile gloves are three times more puncture-resistant than latex and also have enhanced chemical resistance and durability. In fact, nitrile is recommended for employees working with 67 percent of chemicals, 28 percent more than latex or vinyl. These gloves are also incredibly comfortable. As body heat warms them up, they conform closely to the hand for a better fit. Along with a beaded cuff that makes the glove easier to put on, they are also chlorinated for powder-free donning. The chlorination process also makes them softer and more supple.

A variety of uses
With their high-visibility, orange nitrile gloves can be a central part of PPE. The thickness of the gloves also makes them ideal in oily environments, such as in automotive, manufacturing and industrial sectors. However, any industry from agriculture to painting and plumbing can benefit from having orange nitrile gloves on hand.

Contact us 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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Premium Gloves for Heavy-Duty Auto Technicians


All automotive vehicles require maintenance, but due to their sheer size, heavy-duty automotive vehicles, such as back hoes, steamrollers, tractors and more, require a significant amount of upkeep.

Servicing heavy-duty automotive equipment contains all the challenges of regular automotive service with the additional issues of dealing with equipment that is very large and has unique specifications and parts associated with it. As a result, it can take years to acquire all the knowledge and skills required for heavy-duty auto repair. According to Construction Equipment, it can take up to seven years to train technicians in this field, which is why most contractors outsource repairs rather than having an in-house team.

“It takes years for technicians to acquire skills to service heavy-duty vehicles.”

Challenges for heavy-duty auto technicians
Why does this profession take so long to learn? Heavy-duty auto technicians face a job that is tougher than the average auto technician. Like any technician, these professionals work with chemicals like hydraulic fluids, gasoline and antifreeze that are harmful to hands. Moreover, they frequently deal with sharp objects. For heavy-duty auto workers, all these tasks take place on an even larger scale. Construction equipment typically weighs several tons or more. This means the frames are much larger than typical automobiles, often requiring a stronger grip.

Companies tend to run their heavy-duty equipment for longer periods of time, sometimes 24 hours a day, seven days per week. As a result, this equipment acquires significant wear and tear, leading to a greater need for repairs. Moreover, companies have begun to realize that implementing a preventative maintenance plan is the most cost-effective means to protect vehicle fleets, resulting in more consistent trips to the technician.

Premium gloves for tough environments
In a heavy-duty environment, only the toughest gloves will do. These tough jobs require technicians to wear premium gloves for protection. Technicians would be wise to go for gloves that have a longer duration of use, raised textures for an enhanced grip and extended cuffs to protect the forearm. Nitrile or latex gloves are the best choice because of their chemical protection, puncture resistance and comfort.

Gloveworks Heavy Duty Orange Nitrile Gloves and GlovePlus Black Nitrile Gloves are good options because they hold up to longer use with three times the puncture resistance of latex. Xtreme Extra Long Nitrile Exam Gloves and GlovePlus Heavy Duty Nitrile Exam Gloves are 12 inches long – a full two inches longer than the average disposable glove.

Latex has greater elasticity than nitrile, providing more comfort in harsh environments. Gloveworks Heavy Duty Latex Industrial Gloves provide superior protection to the average latex glove. GlovePlus Heavy Duty Blue Latex Exam Gloves offer extended length as well.

 

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