It’s No Mystery: Understanding Industrial, Exam Glove Distinctions

A pair of hands wearing single-use indigo-colored gloves as the right hand stretches the glove on the left hand.

We often encounter confusion about different types of disposable gloves and which is the right choice for any given job.

A great example is “surgical gloves.” You may have heard or seen—in media coverage or TV police procedurals—a criminal said to be wearing surgical gloves while committing a crime, whether it’s a bank heist or (shudder) a serial killer at work.

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Why Work With AMMEX? It’s in Your Best Interest

A photo of AMMEX's Atlanta warehouse.

We often have conversations about this question with customers and partners, and while the precise answer may vary, we aim to keep it simple: We help our customers buy the right disposable glove for the job. And we effectively reduce risk with expert services and tools.

Since the company’s founding in 1988—yes, in March we’re coming up on 35 years in business—we’ve been helping our clients with all aspects of global procurement, supply chain, and operations to ensure quality and efficiency in the single-use glove market.

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Disposable Glove Market Less Likely to Feel Impact of Recession

2023 stylized with a bull's eye instead of the zero and economic goals written out in the background.

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Most economists are in agreement on one word to describe what 2023 holds for the U.S. economy: uncertainty. The divergence of views on what will happen is as large as it has been in many years.

A steady drumbeat of “recession is coming” rattled around the public consciousness for the last half of 2022. The Federal Reserve raised interest rates seven times last year in an effort to throttle inflation. Underperforming stock markets have not helped matters.

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Risk of Latex Allergies Should Drive Your Transition to Nitrile

Dental technician wears nitrile disposable gloves while working.

Latex allergies get a lot of attention, especially in the disposable glove business. An important part of finding “the right glove for the job” is determining whether the person wearing said glove is allergic to natural rubber latex proteins, and recommending substitutes if necessary.

In truth, such allergies are rare. They affect approximately 1 percent of the general population and 8 to 12 percent of healthcare workers. (Latex allergies become more prevalent in people who are exposed to the material regularly, and most medical-grade gloves are made from latex.)

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Safety Is Job 1 for Every Business, and Gloves Play a Key Role

Road sign says SAFETY BEGINS WITH YOU

“Workplace safety” may be a somewhat vague and generalized term, but it nevertheless carries huge significance for businesses of all sizes.

The trend toward workplace safety is clear over the last 30 to 40 years. In 1980, probably 1% of auto mechanics used disposable gloves. In 2022, that figure is much higher—and because it’s still relatively small in the context of the overall industry, there is lots of room to grow.

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Top 3 Reasons to Choose Nitrile Gloves Over Other Materials

A man works on a lawnmower while wearing X3 Industrial Black Nitrile Gloves (BX3) from AMMEX.

Of the most common disposable glove materials, nitrile is far and away the most popular. Latex may have better fit, feel, and comfort—and vinyl may have a lower price point—but it’s difficult to beat nitrile for its all-around appeal.

Nitrile disposable gloves have for years been a popular alternative to latex in many industries, especially those that require more interaction with harsh chemicals and solvents, such as automotive work.

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Disposable Glove Market Right-Sizes Itself as Supply Chain Improves

A container ship sails on the ocean.

For importers and distributors affected over the last couple years by supply chain dysfunction—in other words, pretty much everybody—the big picture is looking a bit brighter.

Shipping bottlenecks are beginning to loosen. The recent drop in wholesale inflation (for the first time in two years) provided a sign that some of the U.S. economy’s inflationary pressures have begun to cool. The New York Fed’s Global Supply Chain Pressure Index fell for the third straight month in July, hitting its lowest point since January 2021.

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