Gloves are a huge business and nearly all gloves are packaged in film produced with petro-chemicals which we know is bad for the environment and worse when disposed and not recycled.
We also know that industrial glove consumers rarely recycle product packaging which adds to the problem since they are the largest end user.
Effective immediately, my company, GO Gloves™ (Gloves-Online.com) will begin converting to 100% biodegradable (compostable) packaging for our own brands which is expected to be completed in 6 months. We will begin to encourage our suppliers (you know who you are) to switch to biodegradable packaging. Notably: We are even switching to biodegradable packaging for sending glove samples.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a consumer or an industrial user. I need your help to support this initiative by making a comment to this post. It would also help if you send a link to this post to other individuals who may share the same concern. I want our suppliers and even our competitors to see your support to this initiative.
Together, we can make this happen. I appreciate your help and support in improving our environment.
Footnote: If anyone needs assistance on PLA (polylactide) Film biodegradable packaging made from annually renewable plants, please let me know. Since most all gloves are manufactured in Asia, a conversion to PLA film packaging will be easy. PLA films and labels are readily available in Asia.
This is a recent case study which I wrote for Assembly Magazine. Its a long post but it seemed easier to post it as is rather than provide a link.
A prominent automotive parts manufacturer that powder coats parts for a hard, tougher finish needed better gloves that provided day-long comfort, good grip with high dexterity; eliminated deposit of body oils and lint on parts; and offer cost savings.
The manufacturer tried various gloves for this new production line but workers found these gloves uncomfortable to wear for long-shift work; increased hand fatigue and perspiration; or left lint on parts. Other less expensive gloves also wore out quickly since workers had to load 25,000 parts per day onto the production conveyor hangers.
The manufacturer turned to GO Gloves™ (Gloves-Online, Inc.) for a solution since they were experienced glove specialists and handled a broad range of gloves for industrial applications. Once GO Gloves identified the production requirements and problems together with worker’s concerns, they offered 3 coated glove options based on performance, comfort, and price.
After weeks of testing the finished parts and reviewing worker evaluations, the manufacturer selected the All-Day® Micro-Dot Gloves since this model addressed each production problem and increased worker acceptance.
The solutions that the Micro-Dot Gloves provided were thinness, close fit, dust and lint free, great tactile and grip properties, breathablity, and worker comfort. Besides being very cost effective, the manufacturer only had to stock 2 sizes; one universal stretch size and one extra small size for women with small hands since more sizes would have been required with conventional coated gloves.
I was recently contacted by Jerry Laws, the Editor of OH&S (Occupational Health and Safety Magazine) regarding the persistent problem of Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome since we offer certified AV Gloves for workers with this chronic problem.
It’s the same problem I discussed back in a February post. To see my discussion with Jerry click on the title of this post. It’s an important and often overlooked issue.
I’m curious how many of you workers out there know about HAVS?
Work glove hand protection standards have existed for years but most users fail to pay attention to the ratings. Specifically cut resistance. Both the ANSI (American National Standard Institute) and the EU (European Union) have hand protection selection criteria.
Although the criteria between both is very complex, I prefer seeing the EU – EN388 symbol since it rates the gloves for abrasion, blade cut, tear, and puncture resistance.ANSI doesn’t have a single symbol covering these categories. However, in situations requiring a very high level of cut resistance, you should look for gloves tested and rated under both standards since they vary on the high end in the cut resistant category.
In the EN-388 symbol (shown) you will see a number for each category. All tests are ranked 1-4 (4 being the highest level) except for the blade cut category ranking of 1-5.
I’m preparing a paper which will discuss this in detail but in the meantime, I think this symbol and simple explanation will help on the fly. You can always contact me if you have any questions or need any assistance on work glove and cut resistant glove selections.
FYI: Since the CE (EU) glove standards are mandatory in Europe and most gloves sold in North America are imported, you will see this symbol more often. You can click on the image to enlarge it and print it.
When I was asked late last year by the IGA (International Glove Association) to write an article (about gloves of course) for the annual IGA feature in Occupational Health & Safety magazine, I knew immediately that it would be helpful to enlighten OH&S subscribers about gloves and the internet. After all, we are (GO Gloves™) the oldest glove company on the net.
(Click on the Title to see the article or you can find it under our Media Tab on our web sites)
I thought of this classic Beach Boys song when I was drafting an article for “Modern Contractor” about anti-vibration gloves and (HAVS) Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome. It’s a worthwhile read for those of you who work with any type of vibrating tools in your work.
I had some fun talking about my glove friend, Doug Little, last week but MCR Safety has really thrown down the Gauntlet last year when they introduced their HexArmor Cut Resistant Gloves.
Our 5th Century ancestors were very industrious and safety minded when they developed armored metal gauntlets (gloves) for combat (pictured). These gloves were not only cut resistant but puncture resistant. To my knowledge, no glove has ever equaled those medieval gloves. That is until MCR Safety created their own glove renaissance with the creation of their HexArmor line of gloves.
The HexArmor gloves are not only cut and puncture resistant but one model is even needle stick resistant, too. And my friend, Doug, will back me up on those claims. After all, he’s living proof.
You can check the HexArmor Glove Line out at my company’s web site and you can also see a “LIVE & UNCUT” video demonstration. What do you think MCR will come up with next in a glove?
I had the rare pleasure of meeting another Glove Guru while attending the National Safety Council Conference last September. I liken my new glove friend to a human cannonball since here was this modest, intelligent looking guy right in the middle of the sprawling Anaheim Convention Center surrounded by thousands of dubious safety engineers subjecting his (gloved) hands to literal torture. Imagine a person jumping onto a bed of nail spikes and you get the picture. It was frightening to watch his bravery and the steadfast confidence he held in the gloves he wore.
Meet Doug Little, Innovations Manager, for MCR Safety. (Pictured) Doug is one of the brains behind an extraordinary new line of MCR gloves called HexArmor Gloves.
During his presentation, Doug was using all types of evil looking props to demonstrate these new cut and puncture resistant wonder gloves. Nasty sharp things like razor knifes, razor wire (think prison fence), barbed wire, hypodermic needles, nail spikes, the list goes on. If you want to see a much tamed down version of Doug’s glove presentation, click on this You Tube link.
I’ll be talking more about these new wonder gloves in a few days but I bet if P.T. Barnum was still alive, MCR Safety might be looking for a new glove guru and human cannonball. By the way, you get one guess to know if I tried to buy and monopolize all of MCR’s stock of HexArmor Gloves.
In this world of on-line dating, finding the perfect pair of gloves for safety, work or play is becoming easier than ever. Finally, high tech gloves are meeting its match in social marketing. Surely you’ve heard of YouTube, et al.
Two of our strategic partners are now utilizing video streams to show how their gloves perform. It sure saves time, e-mails, and gas to reach customers needing a quick hand protection solution. Not only do these streams help us demonstrate the gloves, they also help customers make a suitable choice.