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Sep 17, 2010
This week, a Center for Progressive Reform report highlights a lack of workplace safety procedures as being a key contributing factor of health issues and complaints reported by some Gulf oil spill cleanup workers.
Besides safety training and chemical exposure monitoring, there have been concerns regarding the lack of protective equipment used by cleanup workers.
One of the main problems, according to the report, is the programs themselves (known as the National and Regional Contingency Plans) don’t contain any method of ensuring workplace safety regulations are adhered to.
“These documents, beginning at the national level, consistently pass responsibility for ensuring worker safety down the line to the next entity that has a duty to participate in planning process,” the report states. “But as they pass the buck, they never establish mechanisms for ensuring accountability at the next level for worker safety and health.”
Concerns surrounding cleanup workers’ lack of oil spill protective clothing first arose back in July when pictures showing workers in Galveston, Texas without OSHA required coveralls, rubber boots and gloves.
You can view the original pictures of the workers without proper protection at the ‘Support Health and Safety Protections for Gulf Oil Spill Cleanup Workers’ facebook group.
Aug 19, 2010
Written on Wednesday, April 14, 2010
When a work glove is marked chrome-free, this refers to the processing of the leather used to construct durable and absorbent work gloves, children’s shoes, and also used in automobile interiors. The tanning process used in a chrome-free work glove utilizes a variety of different substances in order to attain softness and the ability to withstand rotting when exposed to water. Chrome-free tanning also reduces the incidence of allergic reactions as opposed to leather tanned with chromium sulfate.
Tanning is the process that turns animal skins into leather. A variety of different materials are used in the tanning process, to include:
- Vegetable tanning: a process using tannin and other ingredients found in tree bark or vegetable matter. This form of leather is the only one suitable for use in leather carving or stamping. Unstable in water, after soaking and drying it shrinks and become harder and much less supple.
- Chrome tanning: this process uses chromium sulfate and was invented in 1858. This process yields a leather that is more pliable than vegetable tanning and is more stable in water.
- Aldehyde tanning: formaldehyde, animal brains, and oil are used in this process of tanning leather, although formaldehyde has been primarily discontinued due to the toxicity danger and sensitivity of many. This process is what is known as chrome-free and yields a very absorbent and supple leather.
- Synthetic tanning: a process that uses aromatic polymers, developed when vegetable tanners were in short supply in World War II.
When a work glove is marked as chrome-free, this means the leather was processed using oils or animal encephalon to enhance the characteristics of suppleness and to prevent water rot. The hue of the leather is usually very light or cream colored, and the leather itself is quite absorbent. Other leathers treated this way include chamois, which is usually processed with cod oil.
Using the aldehyde tanning process is safe and environmentally friendly as opposed to chrome tanning. To care for your chrome-free work gloves, never use strong detergents or cleaners or dry in front of a direct heat source. A mild soap, such as baby shampoo or a cleaner designed for leather goods, can be used, and chrome-free work gloves should be allowed to air dry. Makes sure to keep them dust free, and store them in a ventilated area. With the proper care, chrome-free work gloves can last for many years of use.
Aug 19, 2010
Hand protection is very important in certain professions, and the use of chemical resistant gloves has everyday applications, as well. While wearing gloves might be uncomfortable or annoying, the truth is in certain circumstances it’s not only mandatory, but also a safety measure in particular lines of work. The more comfortable and flexible the glove, the better the chance of compliance with established standards without compromising the health and safety of the wearer.
What are some of the most popular uses of chemical resistant gloves?
- Medical personnel are often called upon to handle chemotherapy drugs, and these drugs carry a high incidence of toxicity. These drugs are potent, and repeated handling could lead to health problems without proper protection.
- Chemical resistant gloves are also popular with laboratory technicians, who may handle a variety of hazardous materials in their research.
- Many people who clean for a living, whether it’s in hotels, a cleaning service, or simply around the house come into daily contact with harsh materials. Chemical resistant gloves provide a barrier between skin and the cleaning products necessary, reducing skin rashes and other damage that could occur.
- In the automotive industry, solvents and petroleum products are handled frequently. Chemical resistant gloves protect the hands from the skin damage that can occur without the defense these gloves can offer.
- Professional nurserymen, landscapers, and even the amateur gardener will come into contact with powerful pesticides and fertilizers. The use of chemical resistant gloves reduces the danger of absorption through the skin of the hands of hazardous material.
- Anyone who has stained a piece of furniture or applied polyurethane knows how the products can stain or burn the hands. Chemical resistant gloves are popular with those in the furniture refinishing business, as they can reduce the chance of injury when working with these powerful products.
There are many substances that can cause major injury or even sickness without the protection of chemical resistant gloves. Repeated exposure to certain products can affect the health and safety of the people required to handle this type of material. Therefore, whenever dealing with harsh or potent products, it is simply common sense and often mandated to protect the hands with chemical resistant gloves.
Other popular uses for chemical resistant gloves occur in the food industry, and are utilized by tattoo artists and product inspectors. Since chemical resistant gloves provide such a powerful barrier to solvents, petroleum products, and animal fats, they have become popular in the mainstream population as well. Housewives, amateur hobbyists, gardeners, and people who maintain their own automobiles have taken advantage of the protective attributes of chemical resistant gloves to reduce the chance of irritation or injury.
Aug 19, 2010
Written on Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Nitrile gloves are said to be the best. They contain no latex protein and offer amazing resistance to punctures and tears. They are made of a form of synthetic latex. They rise above other types of gloves in their degree of flexibility and solvent resistance. Nitrile gloves have brought the world of hand protection a very long way.
There are many companies that manufacture the best Nitrile gloves. Some of these companies include but are definitely not limited to Delta Gloves, Black Lightening Gloves. PalmFlex, HOSPECO. Certifies Safety Mfg., Inc., Innotech Products, MGH Healthcare Solutions, Liberty Industries, Conney Safety just to name a few.
Nitrile gloves come in three grades. The first grade is best used in the medical field for everyday procedures and contact precautions. They offer the lowest level of protection against puncture and tearing. The second grade works best for paramedics and anyone giving emergency services. These offer a little more resistance to punctures, tears, and solvents. The third type is recommended for use outside of the medical field. This type of Nitrile glove is appropriate for very light duty jobs such as painting.
You have the option of getting Nitrile gloves that have a cornstarch like powder. This allows the gloves to slip on as easy as possible. This is great for people who are frequently switching gloves like those who work in the medical field. When you pull off one pair of gloves, your hands have a tendency to have a film of sweat. This can make it very hard to slip on gloves. It is also hard after you have just washed your hands.
One of the best options is the ability to get disposable and non-disposable gloves. The disposable gloves are up to three times more resistant than thicker vinyl or rubber gloves. Nit rile gloves respond to the body’s heat to form to the hands. They are great for professional and general uses. The non-disposable Nitrile gloves are proving that quality is now becoming more significant than price. These are great for the resistance of physical and chemical hazards. If you are looking for the best in non-disposable Nitrile gloves, make sure you find the type that suits your needs. Look at hand protection and barrier protection that will be needed within your job. When you have disposable gloves, this isn’t so much of a worry.
No mater what type of nitric glove that you choose, know that you are getting the best when it comes to quality and a higher standard of function. These gloves surpass many of the different types of disposable and non-disposable gloves that are out there today. Feel confident in knowing you are getting the best from your nitrile gloves.
Aug 19, 2010
Written on Tuesday, September 15, 2009
There have been many innovations in the world of work gloves. One of the best innovations is the creation of the HTP gloves. These fantastic gloves are made of nylon with a PVC foam sponge coating (Hydropellent Technology). These gloves are amazing at repelling liquids, while you maintain a grip whether wet or dry. There is another aspect of these gloves that makes them top of the line. There are treated with a product called Actifresh to kill bacteria and promote freshness.
HTP gloves offer designs that make life easier. They take advantage of the latest in hand technology, and are created by one of the largest glove manufacturer today. This is a product that you can trust. This product is extremely popular and sold by many companies online. It is very easy to obtain HTP gloves and other industrial items that contain Actifresh.
It doesn’t matter if you are wearing these gloves for materials handling, warehousing, shipping, assembly, or materials handling, you will feel nothing but great comfort while feeling good knowing you are maintaining a high level of safety. HTP gloves are great for general use as well. You probably will never find a more versatile, comfortable and safe glove. HTP gloves are curt resistant and can be used in a variety of different temperatures.
Actifresh is a great freshener that is composed of cyclodextrin. It is used to prevent bacteria and fungus in various industrial clothing including HTP gloves. Because of this technology, industrial clothing will be able to resist odor that is caused from external and internal environmental factors. These may include things such as sweating and people smoking.
Actifresh traps bacteria using a type of barrier-like fashion. This keeps bacteria from spreading. You can wear garments such as HTP gloves with the confidence of knowing that they are staying fresh. HTP gloves are stylish as well, with an almost sport-like look. If something looks trendy and attractive, workers will be more willing to wear it and promote safety.
HTP gloves and any garments using Actifresh can even be washed! Since the old bacteria are washed out, the Actifresh actually becomes able to trap more bacteria.
Due to new innovations such as HTP gloves and Actifresh, working environments are becoming more and more comfortable and sanitary. We can only hope that these innovations and advancements will just keep coming. There will be no complaints when everyone is working away in the pinnacle of fashion, comfort and safety.
Soon the days of safety equipment causing discomfort will totally be gone. People will be waiting to put on their HTP gloves and other gear. Everyone will be feeling confident that they smell great and don’t have to worry as much about bacteria in the work place. This really can increase the production of workers. The more comfortable workers are, the more likely they will be able to focus on what they have to do. HTP gloves and Actifresh are a huge innovation in the world of industry.