Barrier Protection Needs in the Beauty Industry


Whether customers seek no-chip manicures or a relaxing foot massage, nail and beauty technicians need barrier protection to guard themselves against harsh chemicals and pathogens. This presents a large sales opportunity for distributors of disposable gloves and masks.

Not only are salon owners looking out for the safety of their employees, but they are also liable to regulations from the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA). These best practices and rules are in place for a good reason.

The chemicals used by technicians include acetone, toluene, methyl ethyl ketone and isopropyl acetate. Prolonged exposure to these substances via skin contact or breathing in the vapors leads to symptoms such as:

  • Dizziness
  • Skin, eye, mouth and nose irritation
  • Burns
  • Harm to fetuses of pregnant technicians
  • Difficulties concentrating
  • Coughing fits and asthma attacks
  • Kidney and liver damage

With regard to biological risks, employees need protection against bloodborne pathogens.

To address these risks, salon owners should purchase a few types of barrier protection:

Disposable gloves
Several glove materials are fitting for the safety risks present in salons. Latex gloves, such as the LX3 and Gloveworks Industrial Latex, are suitable for guarding against chemicals and pathogens.

However, because of the growing prevalence of latex allergies, the industry is trending toward non-latex gloves, such as nitrile and vinyl. Though nitrile gloves, such as the X3, X3D, and AMMEX Indigo Nitrile Exam Gloves, are not recommended for use with acetone, technicians are able to use these gloves because they have limited exposure to the chemical. Stretch synthetic vinyl gloves are also suitable. With these alternatives, neither workers or customers are exposed to latex.

“Gloves protect nail technicians from pathogens and harsh chemicals.”

Masks
Not all masks provide equal results in nail and beauty salons. Many salons use ear loop face masks (ELFMs), which also protect customers from what workers exhale.

N95-rated masks are filtering face pieces. These products, such as the N95 face mask, are useful for nail buffing and applying acrylic powders because they filter out germs and dusts. To fully realize this protection, workers must have properly fitted masks. They will find proper fitting information on the mask packaging.

Reaching the wide open market
With the aforementioned information in mind, it’s not hard to see why the more than 375,000 nail technicians in the U.S. need barrier protection. Distributors who would like to learn more about products that are suitable for their salon clients should speak with their AMMEX sales representative or contact us on our website for more information.

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What to Know: OSHA’s Change MSDSs to SDSs


In 2012, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) updated its Hazard Communication Standard (HCS). The revision sought to make the HCS align more closely with international compliance and provide a more standardized approach to the formatting of OSHA’s material safety data sheets (MSDSs), which will transition to safety data sheets (SDSs). Additionally, the update implemented new labeling requirements. These changes will make the HCS closer to standards of the United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).

OSHA is introducing the update gradually. The implementation period started Dec. 1, 2013 and ends June 1, 2016. Employers must be compliant with the SDSs requirement by June 1, 2015.

What the revised HCS entails
The new provisions pertain to distributors, importers and manufacturers of chemicals. While the goal of the HCS, which is to give end users information about hazardous chemicals in products, remains the same, OSHA revised the standard to make the information more accessible. Per OSHA’s standards, these chemicals are:

  • Pyrophoric gases
  • Combustible dust
  • Simple asphyxiants
  • Health or safety hazards for any other reason

Manufacturers, distributors and importers must now communicate these hazards to end users via SDSs, which are largely the same as MSDSs. The key change is the new forms use a 16-section format to make the information easy to digest.

“Employers must be compliant with the SDSs requirement by June 1.”

Overview of the 16 sections
Sections 12 through 15 are the ones that specifically align with the GHS. The preceding sections detail information about the chemicals as well as control measures. The final section is for any other pertinent data.

The sections cover a number of issues. Sections 4, 5 and 6, for instance, list steps for responding to emergencies stemming from the chemical. These include first-aid, firefighting and accidental release measures.

Other sections define the nature of a chemical. What is it and what hazards are associated with it? If the chemical is a substance or mixture, what are the ingredients? What are the physical and chemical properties? These and other factors are covered in Sections 1, 2, 3, 9, 10, 11 and 12.

Other factors addressed in the SDSs include disposal guidelines, storage guidelines, associated regulations and shipping restrictions and requirements.

Caveats to the rules
OSHA has some exceptions to its new rules for SDSs. One particularly important designation is the exemption relating to articles. These items are exempt from the regulations because they do not release the chemical used in their development or present an exposure risk by any other means. For example, nitrile gloves do not need SDSs.

SDS regulations apply to several parts of the supply chain.

For items to be classified as articles, they must meet additional criteria. The product must have a specific design or shape that defines its end use. Disposable gloves are shaped to fit hands and provide barrier protection for those body parts, so they are articles.

One glove-specific exemption is medical-grade gloves. Unlike industrial-grade gloves, which receive oversight from OSHA, these products fall under the purview of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are therefore not liable to the HCS provisions.

How this affects AMMEX and our distributors
AMMEX is currently updating our MSDSs to SDSs. Both distributors and customers have inquired about when the change will be finalized. Per the OSHA deadlines, we encourage all vendors to ensure their products are compliant by the June 1 deadline.

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March Madness Team Latex

 While a team full of young guns can bring a new pace and finesse to the court, veteran squads like AMMEX’s X3 series Team Latex have been playing the barrier protection game for years. These latex gloves are the oldest of all the teams in our March Madness lineup but do not think their skills have dwindled with age.  Here is our starting lineup for March Madness Team Latex

HD Industrial and HD Exam Latex
These two players are cut from the same cloth – both are able to stay in the game for longer because of their thickness. The HD Industrial latex gloves and HD Exam latex disposable gloves are twins, with the former playing best within the industrial sector and the latter dominating the medical industry. Plus, when it comes to fit and feel, these two latex gloves are all-stars.

“March Madness Team Latex is full of veteran players.”

Gloveworks Heavy Duty Latex is an industrial grade glove that is more than twice as thick as a standard disposable latex glove. With enhanced puncture resistance, each glove has a longer duration of use so you don’t have to switch gloves as often during tough jobs. Latex gloves feature more elasticity than nitrile, and better puncture resistance than vinyl. The textured surface of the glove will give you an enhanced grip in wet and dry conditions. It’s also powder free, so you don’t have to worry about messy powder residue.

AMMEX Heavy Duty Latex Exam Gloves are powder free featuring a smooth interior for easy donning and a textured surface for an outstanding grip. These latex gloves are twice as strong as standard disposable gloves. AMMEX HD latex disposable gloves are perfect for your more demanding tasks and are commonly used for medical and dental applications, food processing, janitorial, and in laboratory settings.

LX3 
If you want that player that can move around the court and provide exceptional dexterity, AMMEX’s X3 series have the skills you need, including the LX3 Latex gloves. They are thinner than their teammates, providing more tactile sensitivity and a full range of motion. Also, these gloves come with a polymer coating for easier donning. X3 is an all around solid contender on the court.

AMMEX LX3 Latex disposable gloves are well suited for all industrial applications where excellent dexterity and comfort is required. These gloves are commonly used for painting, janitorial, manufacturing and food service.  LX3 latex is also more elastic than nitrile and features excellent chemical resistance against various acids and bases.  LX3 industrial latex disposable gloves feature a fully textured palm and fingertips providing a strong grip in wet or dry conditions.

“Boost your Brackets with Team Latex”

While some will see their brackets fall to pieces, others will play to win. Why take a gamble when the perfect barrier protection is your best bet?Contact us to today to become a distributor and add Team Latex to your player line-up!

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Are you Ready for Spring Cleaning?


As temperatures begin to rise across the country, many Americans are ready to throw open their windows and rid their residences of stale air and old dust that accumulated during winter.

Kate Strauss, president of Grand Forks, North Dakota-based cleaning service Maid Simple, told Inforum getting your supplies together is the first step to starting spring cleaning, which means you need a fresh supply of disposable gloves. Before using chemicals and harsh detergents, removing mold or tossing out that mystery container of food at the back of your fridge, safeguard yourself with the right barrier protection.

This is particularly important if you risk coming across rodent droppings while cleaning. In Washington, for instance, state health officials warned residents to be careful if they encounter signs of rodents while cleaning, as these small animals carry hantavirus and other diseases, The Associated Press reported. Spring cleaning is a high-risk activity for hantavirus because many people unknowingly stumble upon infected surfaces.

To protect yourself – and your family or community if you are conducting a team effort – from harmful bacteria and contact with harsh cleaning solutions, make sure your cleaning supply bucket has ample disposable gloves.

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Gear up for St. Patrick’s Day


St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, and you should stock up on disposable gloves in addition to green apparel, decorations and beer. Gloves will be out in force as much as the parade-goers March 17 – and the day after.

Many revelers will be dying or painting hair, paper mache decorations and other items green, and they need gloves to keep the chemical dyes off their hands.

After getting their emerald apparel and decorations together, many Americans will have a hankering for corned beef and cabbage, keeping restaurants and pubs across the nation busy on St. Patrick’s day. As customers crowd into these venues, food service workers will need an ample supply of barrier protection on hand.

While corned beef and cabbage is a staple of St. Paddy’s Day cuisine, it is not the only common sight around the holiday. Many cities, food service venues and others will be cleaning up after all the festivities and will need ample supplies of gloves for the task. For instance, Chicago, which has an iconic celebration that includes dying the Chicago river green, expects 500,000 people to attend the festivities, according to Medill Reports Chicago, and cleanup crews will need the right supplies, including gloves, to pick up behind the revelers.

Many will claim the luck of the Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, but certain things should not be left to chance. Make sure you have the gloves you need.

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March Madness: Team Vinyl


Do you want a disposable glove lineup with the balanced stats you need to score a bucket for barrier protection every time? If so, look no further than Team Vinyl. These gloves know how to play the game from inside and beyond the arc as well as on offense and defense to keep harmful chemicals and pathogens at bay.

Here is our starting lineup for Team Vinyl:

“The star players for Team Vinyl are great for food service and janitorial-sanitation applications.”

Antimicrobial
This player is all about containing the offense, as it inhibits the growth of microorganisms. Antimicrobial Vinyl Gloves, which are a fan favorite in food service and janitorial-sanitation, help prevent cross-contamination by double teaming pathogens on the court.

Stretch synthetic
These gloves, which are also great for food service, have the feel and fit of latex without the allergy concerns. Plus, Stretch Synthetic Vinyl Gloves are a low-cost solution, leaving more in your wallet to bet on brackets.

Blue vinyl
When the defense has a player wrapped up, it can be hard to see an open player for the pass. That is not the case with Blue Vinyl Gloves. With the vibrant color, you will always be able to spot a glove.

With Team Vinyl, you get an all-around lineup of barrier protection superstars.

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March Madness: Team Poly


March Madness is about to begin, and some of the best disposable gloves are ready to make a slam dunk for barrier protection. The first team on the brackets is Team Poly. 

These gloves are known for having a strong bench, with many fresh gloves waiting to be called into the game when a current pair is worn out. This makes them great for food service, where gloves are changed frequently for short duration tasks.

Here’s our starting lineup for Team Poly:

“Stretch synthetic and traditional poly are the all stars of Team Poly.”

Stretch Synthetic
Stretch Synthetic Poly Gloves are the starting point guard for Team Poly because they offer exceptional dexterity compared to regular poly gloves. Plus, they have a light texture for great grip.

“These gloves have combined unique characteristics of conforming fit in a low cost poly glove,” one commentator said.

These features make the Stretch Synthetic Poly Glove a star player.

Traditional Poly
Traditional Poly Gloves score points by focusing on the fundamentals, but this does not mean they do not stand out on the team, as they are heat sealed rather than dipped like other glove types. They also show off a little style with an embossed texture for additional grip.

Team Poly has the players to defend food products against cross-contamination.

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How Latex Gloves are Made


Natural rubber latex glove production is an interesting process that starts with nature and ends with comprehensive barrier protection. Each step along the way ensures the gloves are of the utmost quality when they arrive to distributors and end users.  Here is an overview of the production cycle from start to finish.  How latex gloves are made:

The harvesting phase
The process begins with the Hevea brasiliensis tree, which mostly grows in Southeast Asian countries like Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia. Farmers extract the trees’ milky white latex sap from mature trees through a process called tapping. This occurs in the early morning, as the sap coagulates faster when temperatures rise later in the day. Farmers start by stripping bark from the tree at a downward curve. This directs the sap to a spile, which then allows the latex to drip into a cup affixed to the tree. Then, farmers boil the milky white latex to make it more concentrated, which gives the sap a consistency similar to syrup. Rubber trees are suitable for tapping for five years.

“Farmers remove latex from trees through a process called tapping.”

The production phase
Once farmers collect the sap, it goes to a factory for production. This phase includes several steps:

  • Preparing the latex: While latex gloves come from natural rubber latex, they are not 100 percent pure. This is because manufacturers combine the latex concentrate with a number of compounding chemicals during the initial step of the production process. This step enhances the latex’s properties, such as the elasticity, as well as stabilizes the material and its shelf life.
  • Cleaning the formers: To mold the latex into the shape of a glove, manufacturers use hand-shaped ceramic formers. The first task is to wash these formers by dipping them in water and then bleach. This ensures no residues are left from the previous batch. Afterward, formers dip into a chemical solution of calcium carbonate and calcium nitrate to help the latex stick.
  • Dipping in latex: Once the formers are ready, manufacturers dip them into a tank full of latex, with the length of time the former is immersed in the tank varying based on the desired glove thickness.
  • Vulcanizing the rubber: To ensure the rubber does not crack while drying, the formers enter an oven to dry and solidify. The development of the vulcanization process was integral to the creation of the latex rubber.
  • Leaching the gloves: This process involves dipping the gloves in water tanks and removing excess latex proteins to lower the risk of wearers having an allergic reaction and enhance the feel.
  • Beading the cuffs: Once the gloves are done with leaching, the manufacturers roll the cuffs to make the gloves easier to remove. The gloves may undergo leaching again after beading.
  • Applying powder: If the gloves are powdered, they enter a wet food-grade cornstarch powder slurry. Afterward, manufacturers dry the gloves again.
  • Chlorinating or polymer coating the gloves: If the gloves are powder free, they undergo alternative processes to facilitate easier donning. The first is chlorination, which makes the latex less tacky. The second involves coating the gloves with a polymer, which makes the surface smoother.
  • Stripping the gloves: Once the gloves are finished, workers remove them from the formers by hand.

“Medical-grade gloves are subject to more rigorous testing.”

The quality control phase
To ensure the gloves are of the highest quality, manufacturers test them. Workers test gloves using methods from the American Society for Testing and Materials (ATSM), and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates these standards. The pinhole leak test is one of these methods. Workers first fill the gloves with one liter of water. Then, they close and hang the gloves to check for leaks.

The tests adhere to guidelines regarding acceptable quality limits (AQLs). These standards designate a percentage to evaluate a batch of gloves. If a batch’s failed gloves exceed this percentage of the total batch, all the gloves in that batch fail.

The results of these tests determine whether the gloves will be industrial- or medical-grade. The latter are subject to more rigorous testing.

The packaging phase
Once the gloves are done with production, workers package and pack them for shipping. The gloves travel from the manufacturing plants in Southeast Asia to the U.S. by ocean freight.

And there you have it, that is how latex gloves are made.  From something as simple as tree sap, you get durable barrier protection in latex gloves. Learn how you can add the durable protection of Latex Gloves to your product line today, by becoming an AMMEX Distributor.  More disposable glove distributors rely on AMMEX to supply their customers with superior barrier protection products.

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2014 Person of the Year: Barrier Protection Saves Lives


Equipped with barrier protection, the Ebola fighters quieted the epidemic, earning the title of Time Magazine’s 2014 Person of the Year.

This distinction did not go to an individual, but instead, recognized the many medical professionals who risked their personal safety to help combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa that turned into an epidemic. Media outlets have likened these individuals to brave heroes facing deadly villain.

“Proper barrier protection helped Ebola fighters slow the virus’s spread and earn the title of Time Magazine’s 2014 Person of the Year. “

Their main defense included intense containment protocols and barrier protection in the form of disposable gloves, hoods and other items. With the epidemic waning, it is clear that these measures have been successful in quelling this international threat.

In addition to being recognized as Time Magazine’s 2014 Person of the Year, The White House congratulated these courageous men and women for their achievement. While the Ebola epidemic is an extreme case, it demonstrates the importance of having the right personal protective equipment.

Whether you are in the ranks of Ebola fighters, a dentist or even performing an oil change, make sure you have the right gloves for the job.

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Stock up for Super Bowl XLIX


Super Bowl XLIX is approaching, and while the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots will provide the spectacle on the field, what about the one in the stands at University of Phoenix Stadium? How about the scenes in bars, restaurants and other venues across the country?

While players will be showing off on the field, hundreds of millions of people will be watching the game with a hot dog, nachos or other food item in their hands, which means members of the food service industry must stand ready to handle the high demand. This means having enough pairs of disposable gloves handy to feed all those hungry football fans.

Chicken wings, for example, are a staple of sports game cuisine. In fact, the National Chicken Council predicted in 2014 that Americans would eat 1.25 billion wings during that year’s championship game. With popular restaurants providing numerous orders of wings of all flavors, how can these and other food venues not afford to stock up on gloves before the big game – especially considering this industry goes through 20 pairs a day during normal periods?

Whether it’s the concession vendors at the big game or a local pizza joint pushing out pies to viewers at home, now is the time to get the right barrier protection.

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