Why Allergies Might Someday Mean the End of Latex Gloves



This story appeared in my in-box a few days ago and although it’s not new news, it’s a topic that I’m an expert on since it is how I got into the glove business 25 years ago. 
Latex allergies and the use of latex gloves have been a problem for decades and only gets worse over time due to repeated exposure. Link to story by ABC NEWS. 
The healthcare industry has largely migrated to Nitrile gloves to avoid user and patient exposure to latex but the food industry has lagged far behind. Now it seems that some states have even passed laws prohibiting the use of latex gloves in food handling and more are working on getting bills before state legislatures. 
As a matter of fact, we even discontinued offering latex gloves as part of our Food Service Glove line. We’ve even managed to switch most of our Food Service Glove customers to vinyl gloves which are also half the cost to latex gloves. 
We also offer glove liners for workers who continue to wear latex gloves in other industries. 
Also see link about “Problems with Latex Gloves” on our web site.
If anyone has any questions or needs any assistance on this topic please let us know. 

The Gloves that started it all


The All-Day Protective Glove Liners not only continue to be great gloves for many types of users, they also represent my history in glove design, development, and manufacturing going back to 1989. 
I originally developed these gloves as glove liners to protect healthcare workers from problems with latex gloves. That was back when these same healthcare providers had to wear gloves “by law” to protect them from blood-born pathogens due to the AIDS virus. In a nutshell, they were the first universally sized, thin-knit gloves which could be worn under disposable gloves. It isn’t rocket science today but two decades ago it was and I landed in the glove business overnight due to the unmet demand for thin knit protective gloves. 
To make a long story short, these same gloves found their way into the manufacturing glove wearing sectors and eventually became the benchmark in the photographic and imaging industry to protect films, negatives, and photographs from workers handling them. 
Today, they still find their way into new uses and a customer, who recently purchased some, told us how he found us. You have to see this U-Tube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3R1YDJIWpTU
Now, I’m in the scanner cleaning business and this guy is bringing these gloves into the digital age. 
I wish I thought of this but I’m still the Glove Guru.

The White Glove Myth Demythed

It’s unusual for me to criticize others observations about gloves. It’s also frustrating when I see seasoned business publication writers write opinions about gloves when their observations are unfounded, speculative, and wrong. So please let me vent. 
This morning, while reading the distinguished Forbes on-line (what else) business journal, I came upon a commentary about the absurdity of using white gloves for protecting documents by one of their writers, Nathan Raab.  Although Mr. Raab was on the mark about the white gloves he collectively discredited, his single observation was based on a reality show. Really!
What a shame to discredit gloves that serve a purpose to protect historical documents and archives.
You can link to his story from the title of this post and you can see my commentary reply at the bottom of “his” article by clicking on the “expand comments” link. 
Maybe Mr. Raab should have searched the internet and he would have surely found me as an inventor (in the early 90’s) of white gloves specifically used for protecting our nation’s archives, documents, and films. My observation to Mr. Raab would be that it’s not rocket science and I doubt he would see the proper white gloves for protecting documents on a reality show. 
Maybe Mr. Raab will see these links after reading my reply to him.
If Mr. Raab is as smart as I think he is, he may even contact me for a few samples of neat white gloves.  

One word about Winter Gloves….

WATERPROOF!

Based on recent phone calls, I feel obliged to repeat my post from last year below:

It amazes me that most shoppers looking for a real winter glove fail to purchase Waterproof gloves. I’m not talking about fine fashion lined leather gloves; I’m referring to the winter gloves you wear during outdoor activities such as shoveling snow, sledding, skiing, or hiking. The same applies to winter construction and work gloves.

Thermal lined gloves are a must have and will keep you warm but once the lining becomes wet, your hands will freeze. Regarding linings look for a branded lining like Gore-Tex or HeatKeep just to name a few. A branded lining on the label generally indicates that the manufacturer has made an extra effort to provide warmth. You should also look for a knit wrist or a wrist closure to keep out snow, rain and wind. Lastly, make sure the gloves are WATERPROOF or they will not be cold proof.

Tip: Check out the Youngstown Winter Waterproof Gloves (Pictured). These are by far our #1 selling winter gloves every year since they were first introduced.

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Geisinger Study shows costs decrease, safety enhanced when hospitals, health clinics switch to powder-free latex gloves

Problems caused by latex gloves got me into the glove business 19 years ago. At that time, I developed special glove liners to protect healthcare professionals from latex allergies which we still sell today.

The conclusion to this study is not new information to us on the front lines of hand protection but we know many of you must be reminded that latex issues still exist. However, latex gloves have come along way since my Glovenaut days and the OSHA regulations regarding glove use in healthcare.

Also coincidental is that I worked with Geisinger Health Services and Hospital during my early years in the healthcare industry. To read a synopsis of the study, click on the title.

Let me know if you have a question about latex gloves. I have a file cabinet full of research information.

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