Six Common Chemicals that Require Disposable Gloves

When it comes to using disposable gloves, opportunities are everywhere. In fact, we have received so many great contest entries for our Annual AMMEX #NotWithoutGloves Twitter Contest, reminding us of the countless opportunities of what not to touch – not without gloves. There are many opportunities for disposable glove distributors too. Consider the products that you or your customers sell; many may contain multiple chemicals. Did you know that there are six common chemicals that require disposable gloves?  In fact, there are many common chemicals that require disposable gloves according to OSHA and as stated by many manufacturers instructions on product packaging. Along with warmer weather, Spring also brings many overdue home projects that involve the use of common chemicals.  These chemicals can be found in products such as pesticides, wood stains, and paints and lacquers. Before your next project, read the product instructions and protect yourself from these six common chemicals that require disposable gloves.

1. 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 wood stain products on the market, specific stains may have multiple hazardous chemicals in them. Some chemicals commonly found in wood stains are ethylene glycol, sodium hydroxide, ethyl alcohol, latex and 1,4-dioxane. Industrial grade nitrile, latex or vinyl disposable gloves provide chemical resistance and effective protection depending on the chemical and duration of use. Consumers should always follow manufacturers label instructions and take steps to avoid exposure to chemicals by using the recommended barrier protection, such as disposable gloves.  Continue reading Not without Gloves: Wood Stains to review chemicals found in wood stains and the recommended gloves for handling each.

2. Pesticides

Naphthalene, paradichlorobenzene, and capsaicin are chemicals commonly found in pesticides and are among the 6 types of chemicals that require disposable glove use. It is important to use the right glove for the right job for the best protection. For example, industrial grade latex, nitrile and vinyl disposable gloves are resistant to the chemical naphthalene and are all suitable to use when handling this chemical; but only nitrile gloves, such as AMMEX Gloveworks Heavy Duty Orange Nitrile are recommended when using paradichlorobenzene. Since nitrile is a synthetic glove material it offers superior chemical resistance and excellent protection against the chemical paradichlorobenzene.  In fact, premium nitrile gloves are three times more puncture-resistant than latex and are more chemical resistant than latex or vinyl.  Learn more about these disposable gloves and how they protect against chemicals in pesticides by continuing to read the article Not without Gloves: Pesticides.


3. Specialty Chemicals

Specialty chemicals are produced to serve a specific function and may be composed of a single chemical or a blend. Iodine, printing ink, lubricants and plastics are chemicals that require disposable glove use. These 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 in consumer goods, such as detergents, perfumes and paper items.  Because these blends vary depending on the application, specialty chemicals should always be handled with care, which means wearing disposable gloves and other personal protective equipment (PPE).  Here are some components of specialty chemicals and the appropriate gloves for handling them:  Not without Gloves: Specialty Chemicals.

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4. Perchloroethylene

What is perchloroethylene?  This chemical 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 services are 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.

Exposure to perchloroethylene is common in work environments such as dry cleaning, metal degreasing, chemical production, rubber coating, or textile factories. Although most PERC-related health problems are caused by inhalation, the chemical may cause irritation after direct contact with the skin. Industrial-grade gloves such as AMMEX Gloveworks HD Latex and AMMEX Gloveworks HD Orange Nitrile are excellent disposable glove choices to protect employees.  Along with gloves, 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. More information can be found by reading the article Not without Gloves: Perchloroethylene.

5. 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 workers use paint and lacquer thinners without gloves, they may experience dermatitis, skin irritation and numbness in the areas that come 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:  Learn more by reading the article Not without Gloves: Lacquer and Paint Thinners.

6. Salon Chemicals

Hazardous chemicals are found in many industries and products, and the beauty industry is no exception.  Acetone, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, dibutyl phthalate and toluene are among the six common chemicals that require disposable gloves. These chemicals are in many beauty industry products including nail polish, nail polish remover, nail and hair bonding glue, hair dye and hair spray. Workers in the beauty industry handle potentially toxic chemicals on a daily basis and should don the right personal protective equipment based on the chemicals used. Because chemical 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. 

Nitrile gloves such as AMMEX Gloveplus Black Nitrile are more chemical resistance than latex or vinyl and offer three times more puncture-resistant than latex.  Although nitrile gloves provide excellent barrier protection against many common salon chemicals, it is crucial to understand the recommendations for each solution.  Continue reading the article Not without Gloves: Harmful Chemicals in Beauty Salons to learn more.

When it comes to using disposable gloves, opportunities are everywhere.  For many applications from home use to industrial, disposable gloves are a necessity, and for others personal protective equipment is an added safety measure. Whatever the case, demand for disposable gloves is growing, and distributors need to supply gloves to meet that demand. Disposable gloves are an easy add-on sale, for any of your clients that sell chemicals that require disposable glove use. Your clients can increase sales metrics like Average Dollar Sale, Unit per Transaction not to mention bottom line profits. Any vendor can sell you gloves. AMMEX is here to help you sell more. Contact us today to learn how we help our distributors grow their glove sales on average of 31%!



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