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  • 5 Industry Uses for Latex Gloves

    The origin of the latex glove is said to date back to around 1883 but it wasn't until around 1894 that it was first developed and introduced as a useful aid by William Stewart Halstead, chief surgeon at the John Hopkins Hospital, to prevent damage to the skin of medical staff when handling chemicals. Because they are close fitting they offer more ‘feel’ and sensitivity when handling objects. Despite the fact that some people suffer allergic reactions to the latex as well as the obvious low level of protection against certain solvents or sharp objects, latex gloves are widely used throughout the world in a number of industries. Here, we take a look at some of the most widely used gloves, and the world’s industries that they’re a big part of.

    Medicine and Veterinary Latex gloves are widely used by doctors and nurses, as anyone who has had a blood sample taken will testify. The gloves are excellent for protecting any medical personnel against the risk of coming into contact with bodily fluids which may potentially be infectious. Because the gloves are sterile and disposable they are used one time only which means there is no chance of transmitting infection. Veterinarians will use them when examining animals which have oozing or infectious wounds to avoid transference of bacteria to work surfaces. Latex gloves are also widely used in the pharmaceutical research industry to keep conditions as sterile as possible and to give the user protection against chemicals like methanol and acetone.

    Catering and Food Outlets Most people who work in any aspect of the food industry, from the foodstuff producing factories, to shops and large supermarkets, to restaurants and cafés nowadays are taught and understand the need to avoid transferring bacteria on to food items being served to the general public. In this age of litigation it is necessary to be aware of the devastation which can follow from a potential outbreak of diseases like e-coli and salmonella and latex gloves are an essential tool in the fight against this. Many food safety courses across the globe promote the use of gloves in catering and food industries.

    Hairdressing and Cosmetic Procedures The hairdressing industry uses chemicals in colouring and perming hair, and latex gloves can give good protection against the dermatitis which can result for some stylists, a condition that can be incredibly painful and uncomfortable, not to mention visible. Practitioners offering cosmetic procedures like Botox injections, chemical peeling and hair removal will always use latex gloves to protect themselves and the customer by keeping the site as sterile and clean as possible.

    Auto Technicians The days are long gone when garage mechanics would go home at the end of a working day with their hands covered in oil and grease. Many now see the benefit of wearing latex gloves to protect them from the corrosive and malodorous effects of these substances and the after-effects of having hands which are difficult to get clean. An added bonus is that gloves can help to protect the customer’s car interior from dirt and oil, which would otherwise leave a permanent stain.

    Crime Solving and Forensics At a crime scene it is absolutely essential that police officers and forensic investigators wear latex gloves to avoid corrupting any evidence such as fingerprints or bodily fluids. Fresh sets of gloves can be used for each separate crime scene to avoid cross-contamination of evidence.

    So there you have it – some great examples of the use of latex gloves in different industries. It’s not hard to see why the latex glove industry is booming, and whether you’re using the gloves yourself, or ordering for your company, it’s important to get the right supplier.

  • Causes of Skin Irritation

    Skin irritation is a common problem most of us experience at some point in our lives, and can range from mild itchiness and redness to the development of sores and blisters on the surface of your skin. Here we give a guide to some of the common and also less well-known causes of skin irritation, so you can take steps to ensure your skin remains protected.

    Household Products

    Most of us are aware that cleaning products can cause skin damage and irritation. This is often as a result of contact with certain chemicals contained within these products. Whilst we would typically consider particularly strong and harsh cleaning products to be the worst culprits, other relatively mild cleaners can also cause irritation to your skin, especially if it is particularly sensitive.

    There are a number of chemicals known to cause skin irritation to watch out for, including; ammonia, which is typically found in disinfectants and general all-purpose cleaners, sodium hydroxide, commonly found in oven cleaners, and ammonium chloride, a frequent ingredient in mould removal products. These are just a few of the many chemicals found in everyday cleaning products that can cause damage to your skin and conditions such as dermatitis.

    Dermatitis is a skin condition arising after contact with certain substances which can cause your skin to become red and itchy. Given the widespread nature of irritating chemicals in cleaning products it is essential that means of protection such as gloves are worn when these are used for  cleaning purposes, whether on a domestic or commercial scale, in order to prevent these chemicals from coming into contact with your skin.

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    Your Garden

    Whilst your garden may look lovely, unfortunately not everything in it may be kind to your skin. For example there are a number of plant varieties that can cause adverse skin reactions. Indeed certain varieties of plants contain allergens, and whilst these don’t affect everyone some individuals may have developed a sensitivity to them, resulting in an allergic reaction.

    Contact with some plant species can also result in dermatitis, and indeed there are three main types of dermatitis that can develop as a result of contact with certain plants .The first of these is a type of dermatitis known as irritant contact dermatitis, which arises as a result of a chemical reaction  following contact with an irritant. This form of dermatitis is common and typically occurs in almost everyone following sufficient contact with a particular irritating substance.

    A further less common form of dermatitis, known as allergic contact dermatitis, is caused by a reaction of your immune system to a certain substance, known as an allergen. A final form of dermatitis that can arise is Phytophotodermatitis, a skin condition resulting from sensitivity to chemicals found in certain plants. Interestingly in this condition, sensitivity to these chemicals is triggered by a secondary chemical reaction when the affected skin is exposed to sunlight or other forms of UV light.

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    Some of the most common plant culprits responsible for causing skin problems such as dermatitis include chrysanthemums, poison ivy, eucalyptus and tomato plants, as well as tree sap. Significantly the effects of contact with certain plants is not always immediate, indeed according to an article published in the Telegraph some people can even develop dermatitis as long as four days after touching trees and flowers that contain certain allergens. Given these potential hazards lurking in your garden it is important to protect your hands when working in your garden. For the best protection for you hands, it is best to wear rubber gloves which are durable enough to protect your hands from a variety of different potential hazards in your garden. For a full breakdown of potentially harmful plants take a look at this handy list compiled by the Royal Horticultural Society.

    Food

    Whilst the fact that certain foods can cause allergies when consumed is relatively common knowledge, less well-known is the fact that particular foods can also cause skin irritation when handled. For example some individuals are also susceptible to allergic contact dermatitis as a result of food allergens and even some food preservatives. Another condition that can arise in some individuals when handling food products is contact urticaria, also known as hives, a skin condition that results in the formation of red itchy swellings on your skin as a result of contact with certain substances such as particular foods. Examples of foods that can cause this skin condition in susceptible individuals include certain raw foods such as onions and kiwi fruit. Hence as well as ensuring hygienic food practices, wearing gloves when handling food products can also be important for the purpose of protecting your skin, especially for those working in the catering industry.

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    Here at the Glove Club we provide a great selection of glove products including a wide range of rubber gloves to suit your needs, providing effective protection from skin irritation and other hazards whether at work, home or simply in your garden. For more information about our range of products and services please do not hesitate to contact us and one of our friendly team will be more than happy to help you with your enquiries.

  • A Brief History of Hygiene

    The word hygiene - a French latinisation of the Greek 'hugiene techne' - literally means 'the art of health'. These days we place a high value on it. It’s a crucial concern in many professions, such as dentistry, and is governed by laws and regulations. But whether it’s personal or occupational, it’s taken us centuries to reach hygiene enlightenment.

     

    Perhaps the earliest example of personal hygiene awareness came around 3000BC, in Mesopotamian medical texts which highlighted how to clean teeth. Two hundred years later, the Babylonians began mixing water, cassia oil and alkali, creating the world’s first soap. The long march of hygienic history crawled along at an astoundingly slow pace. Sanskrit writing from around 2000BC extolled the virtues of water purification – that is, boiling water to kill harmful bacteria. But it would take another 300 years before baths would be invented, with the first bath-tub uncovered by archaeologists in Minoan Crete.

     

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    Fast forward to the 4th century. Romans, not content with simply owning half a continent, spread the custom of public baths across their Empire. When they weren't building straight roads or designing a primitive sewage system, they'd relax in the company of others at public baths. Today soaking in a bath is generally accepted to be a personal venture – and one to be enjoyed until your skin starts creasing – but back then it was very much a communal affair where friends could bond, business was conducted, and lovers could woo each other. Nor was this pastime restricted to one particular social stratum, as the entire empire discovered the joys of public baths. Interestingly, rather than using soap to clean themselves, the Romans preferred a very different method. Oils were massaged over their bodies, and then scraped away, along with any dirt, by a curved metal blade called a strigil.

     

    A mere century later Pope Boniface I declared bathing unspiritual, believing it to be linked to paganism, and an extravagant preserve of the idle rich. Two centuries after Boniface's declaration, leading Muslim figures emphasise the importance of hygiene in accordance to Islamic jurisprudence. Before you know it, we're in the renaissance period – a glorious era when knowledge and culture ruled all. Having said that, while steps were taken by some to understand the hows and whys of hygiene – notably Ellenbog’s 1473 pamphlet On the Poisonous Evil Vapours which explored the hazards associated with mining, coal smoke and lead poisoning - right up until the 1500s it was believed demons were responsible for many infections. Though it wasn’t until 1700, when Italian physician Bernardo Ramazzini published the seminal De Morbis Artificum, that the actual danger of workplace disease was studied in a strictly scientific sense. Despite this research, throughout Northern Europe, many favoured sweating themselves clean and dousing themselves in perfume. Which makes sense in a historical context, given that many believed that water would spread infections through the skin’s pores.

     

    Twenty-five years after Ellenbog's publication, in 1498, the Chinese invent what many consider to be the first recognisable incarnation of the toothbrush. Prior to this, society favoured simple toothpicks or chewing sticks which were rubbed against the teeth to clean them. Interesting then that the father of modern dentistry, Pierre Fouchard, advised in 1728 not to brush teeth, but to pick them clean. Not heeding such advice, just fifty-two years later (a nanosecond in historical hygiene terms), William Addis sold the world's first mass-produced toothbrush in England.  1833 saw the English Factory Act passed into law. It was the first serious attempt by the government to offer protection for workers health, and formed the basis for all further workplace health and safety regulations. In 1865, William Shepphard invented the world's first liquid soap. This was swiftly followed in 1898, by B.J. Johnson's 'Palmolive' soap brand – a brand, and company, which still exists to this day. Still hygienic standards were low during the early Victorian era. Some historians have speculated that, incredibly, those living during the medieval period bathed more than those of the 1800s. Sanitation as we recognise it didn’t take off until around the beginning of the Edwardian era. 1890 was a watershed moment for hygiene, when William Stewart Halsted used the first sterilised gloves while working at the hospital at John Hopkins University. He contacted the Goodyear Tyre Company when he discovered his assistant was allergic to the carbolic acid used to sterilise hands. He asked for rubber gloves that could be dipped in the carbolic acid. The first modern toothbrush hit the market in 1938, replacing the boar bristles previously used, with nylon ones.

     

    Twenty-two years after that, the world's first electric toothbrush – the Broxodent – debuted in America. 1964 was the year the first disposable latex gloves were produced. Two years after that, Lupe Hernadez created an alcohol-based hand sanitiser, which became popular outside of the medical profession during the 1990s. By 1975, occupational hygiene had become so important that the United Kingdom created the Health and Safety Executive, in order to further protect workers, and educate them as to the best practices at work. And in 1994 we established The Glove Club for all your hygiene requirements. The rest, as they say, is history.

     

    Here at The Glove Club we can provide you with a range of hygiene products, from protective face masks and hand sanitisers to medical-grade latex gloves. To find out more about how we can assist your needs, contact The Glove Club on 0500 456 832 today.

  • Common Causes of Allergies in the Home

    There is nothing more annoying than starting the day with a multitude of sneezes, watery eyes and wheezing, but that is what happens to thousands of people across the UK every single day. But what is the cause? Pesky household allergies! Most homes contain allergens that we wouldn’t even have thought of.

    Allergies can be a minor irritation, or they can become more serious, even life threatening in major cases, so it’s never a good idea to put up with them. In one of our previous blogs we discussed allergies at work, now however we’re going to reveal some of the causes of allergies in the home.

    Dust Mites

    Dust mites are microscopic insects and are actually one of the most common triggers of allergies and asthma. These creatures can be found anywhere in the home, however they are more likely to be found in soft furnishings and bedding. This insect thrives in humid environments and feeds on the skin flakes of humans found in dust.

    Allergy Symptoms:

    • Runny nose • Stuffed nose • Red itchy eyes • Sneezing

    Preventative Methods:

    Try to keep your home as dust-free as possible, vacuum your carpets once a week, wear a dust mask while cleaning and purchase allergen-proof bedding.

    Mould

    Mould thrives in damp areas such as the bathroom, cellar, and loft; however it can also occur anywhere in the home. Many people suffer from mould allergies, and in some cases they can become extremely severe. The symptoms of mould allergies are very similar to dust allergies and can be experienced throughout the year, although it is more likely to be an issue throughout the damper autumn or winter months. Mould spores are microscopic particles which when touched or left to thrive can cause many problems.

    Allergy Symptoms:

    • Itchy eyes • Eczema • Asthma • Rhinitis

    These symptoms can develop into more serious conditions, it is therefore important to treat mould as soon as you notice it.

    Preventative Methods

    Minor mould growth can be cleaned with water and bleach; it is important to always wear rubber gloves when using cleaning chemicals and dealing with mould, dust or dirty surroundings in order to protect your skin. If mould spreads or it frequently returns, you must consult a professional. To prevent the growth of mould, areas need to be well-ventilated and cleaned regularly.

    Pets

    We all love our pets, however they are one of the largest causes of household allergies. Many people think that it is the hair of the animal that causes the allergy, when in fact it is the substance known as animal dander (small flakes of dead skin from the animal). Common household pets that cause allergies include; dogs, guinea pigs, rabbits, cats, hamsters, rats and even birds. Again, this form of allergy ranges from the sniffles to severe asthma.

    Allergy Symptoms

    • Sneezing • Itchy red eyes • Rashes • Asthma • Wheezing • Coughing

    Preventative Methods

    If you haven’t bought an animal yet, choose a breed that is advertised as hypo-allergenic. If you have an animal make sure that you abide by the following rules; don’t let the pet on the furniture, avoid carpets and upholstered furniture. Keeping the home clean is essential so try to vacuum at least twice a week and make sure that someone who isn’t allergic to the animal grooms and cleans it.

    Keeping your home dust-free and clean can prevent some of these allergens from harbouring in your home, making it a much safer and more comfortable environment. At Glove Club we provide a range of cleaning products, disposable gloves and all the equipment that you need to keep your home sparkling clean!

    If you would like more information about any of our products or any advice please get in contact our friendly team will be more than happy to help. Call us on 0500 456 832 today!

  • Inside a Clean Room

    It’s quite unlikely that the majority of us will ever work in or even encounter a clean room in our lifetimes. These highly specialised workplace environments are designed to maintain an extremely high degree of cleanliness through various controlling factors, removing tiny particles from the air, so work that could potentially be ruined by the presence of dust or similar tiny contaminants can be carried out safely.

    They are prevalent in the medical and pharmaceutical industries where lowering the risk of infection to an absolute minimum is of the utmost important. Clean rooms are also used by the electronics industry for the assembly of highly sensitive equipment such as semiconductors.

    Typically graded via an ISO classification, ISO 1 being the highest, clean rooms are classified by how many particles per cubic metre they allow in. For example, in a clean room classified as ISO1 there is never more than 12 particles of 0.3μm (that’s micro metres or 1/1000 of a millimetre) or smaller per cubic metre. Compare that to the ambient air outside, which on average contains about 35,000,000 particles of 0.5μm or greater per cubic metre, and you get an idea of just how clean a high-grade clean room is!

    This incredible level of cleanliness is maintained through specialised HEPA air filters that ensure no particles can pass into the room and control the airflow very carefully. Also, what is and is not permitted within the boundaries of a clean room is managed strictly. Every single item within the clean room, including the furniture, cleaning equipment and even the wall clock will is designed especially to easily clean and to shed an absolute minimum of particles.

    Staff who work in clean rooms must also go through rigorous measures to ensure that they do not bring contaminants into the clean environment. Protective clothing (protecting the clean room from the people rather than the other way round) is always worn; suits that completely cover the body, head coverings, latex gloves, and eyewear ensure that no hair or shedding skin can enter the environment. Staff will also have to pass through an airlock to get into a clean room , which in many cases will be equipped with an ‘air-shower’ that blasts away particles of dust that might be clinging to the staff member’s protective gear. Additionally, staff will be unable to bring in materials such as paper, natural fibres or pencils, so alternatives are used.

    Everyone conceivable method of lowering the risk of extremely tiny particles getting into a high level clean room has been thought of and is implemented efficiently. However, this incredible level of control doesn’t occur in all clean rooms, and some that carry lower classification will not have such strict measures in place, although this is by comparison only! Even an ISO7 clean room will have tight control methods.

    Here at The Glove Club we stock an extensive selection of protective and sterile gloves made from latex as well as other materials. Many of the products that we carry are suitable for use in sterile and clean environments. For further information about any of the products in our range then please do not hesitate to contact The Glove Club directly or give us a call on 0500 456 832. We’ll be happy to assist you with any queries you may have.

  • Allergies at Work

    It’s estimated that at least 21 million adults in the UK alone suffer from at least one allergy, and that of those 21 million, around 10 million have more than one allergy.

    When you consider the effect that allergy symptoms can have on a person – and the side effects that common allergy treatments can have – then it’s clear that this has a large impact on the average working environment.

    sneezeAllergic reactions range from skin conditions, breathing difficulties and other minor symptoms to severe problems including anaphylactic shock, which can be lethal if not treated immediately. They may be caused by coming into physical contact with allergens, breathing them in or consuming them. Although many allergies can be treated effectively, drugs like antihistamines can often cause side effects such as drowsiness, which may mean the employee is less effective at their job.

    Some industries are more affected by allergies than others, because the nature of the work involves exposure to common allergens. In many cases, people can develop allergic symptoms through repeated exposure to a particular substance, or repeated exposure can cause existing symptoms to worsen. For example, people working in the health care sector are far more likely to suffer latex allergies than members of the general population, because they use latex gloves on a daily basis and are therefore exposed to the latex proteins that cause the allergic reaction. It is for this reason that many health care providers now rely more heavily on nitrile gloves and other latex-free alternatives.

    The most effective way of relieving the symptoms of an allergy is quite simply to avoid the allergen which causes it – but avoiding exposure is not always simple. For example, if an allergic person goes to a restaurant they may need to ask how their food will be prepared; will there be any danger of cross contamination? It may sound bizarre, but for a person with a severe allergy it only takes a miniscule amount to trigger a reaction – as small as a sandwich that’s been handled by somebody in latex gloves, or that’s been packaged in the same area as products containing peanuts. Making sure that your customer-facing staff know what products and procedures are in place - whether your food preparation staff use latex gloves or vinyl gloves, whether you have the facilities to cook a specific meal in a dairy-free area, etc. - will help them to advise your customers accordingly.

    danger sandwichIn any workplace, it is important to be aware of allergies and deal with them sympathetically. Take them into account whenever you’re arranging activities that may include triggers – for example, pot luck dinners or even a cake brought into the office to celebrate a special occasion can be a nightmare situation for somebody who has food allergies. This can be alleviated by simply asking people to be aware, to label any food that they bring in which may be unsafe, and to avoid bringing in any products which may trigger particularly severe reactions.

    For those with airborne allergies, systems like the Cleanaer air purifier can be extremely helpful, as they can massively reduce dust and pollen levels in the air and offer relief from symptoms without needing to rely on antihistamines. It may also be possible to locate the employee’s desk in a part of the office that is less affected by their particular triggers.

    If you suspect that you have a workplace allergy, it is important to get a proper diagnosis, so that you and your employer can take the right corrective measures. Keep a record of when you have your symptoms, and what activities they are associated with, and consult your doctor. It is possible to test for most allergies, and once you have your diagnosis you’ll be much clearer on what exactly you need to avoid. You can then talk to your employer about the particular measures you may need to take.

    Here at the Glove Club, we offer a wide range of products that can help in dealing with allergies in the workplace; alongside latex-free gloves and air purification systems, we also offer a range of cleaning chemicals to help remove allergens from your workplace and protective face masks which can reduce the effect of airborne allergens. For more information on these or any of our products, call us on 0500 456 832 today.

  • How to Store Hazardous Chemicals

    Hazardous chemicals can be anything from harmful acids, to arts and craft materials. Whether at work or home they can cause harm to both adults and children if not stored correctly in a safe and practical manner. Correct storage will greatly reduce the risk of accidents involving any form of hazardous chemicals or material.

    Ignitable, Corrosive & Toxic Materials

    If a substance is corrosive, ignitable, toxic or reactive then the chemical is classed as hazardous. It may come as a shock, but most household products will actually come under this category. Anything from anti-freeze to insecticides must be stored correctly. Follow the instructions below to ensure that you are storing hazardous substances in the safest possible way.

    1.       Check the Label

    Read the storage instructions on the reverse. It’s amazing how many people actually fail to do this. The requirements for the chemical in question will be displayed on the back. Many will instruct you to keep out of direct sunlight and away from electronic devices.

    2.       Wear Protection

    When dealing with chemicals we recommend that you wear protective gloves. We supply a vast range of nitrile gloves which are disposable yet resistant to many oils, solvents and acids. They are a good alternative if you suffer from latex allergies.

    3.       Keep in Ventilated Areas

    Substances like turpentine, white spirit and antifreeze can severely harm humans and produce a very unpleasant smell. It is therefore important that they are kept in well-ventilated areas -This will provide protection – especially if there is a leakage.

    4.       Store at Safe Temperature

    It is imperative that flammable products are kept at the recommended temperature range. If the temperature is too high the containers can bulge and burst or even ignite. If kept in too low at emperature materials can freeze, expand and explode releasing the harmful substance.

    5.       Keep Liquid in Original Container

    Always keep the substance in the container that it arrived in. The manufacturer will have designed packaging of the safest possible standard.

    6.       Keep Away from Children

    Ensure all products are stored out of reach from children; cleaning materials such as bleach can be fatal if ingested. Choose products with child safe lids to ensure optimum protection.

    Following these steps will provide a safer environment. Hazardous chemicals can be extremely harmful to the skin or even fatal to humans if stored in correctly.

    At The Glove Club, we supply a vast range of plastic disposable gloves that are suitable for people who suffer from latex allergies. For more information please get in contact with our team who will be more than happy to help. Please call 0500 456 832 to talk to someone today.

  • Working with Biohazards

    520px-Biohazard_symbol_(red).svgWhilst it may sound like something only a scientist would do, the fact is that many of us work with biohazards – to some degree – on a day to day basis. Biohazards are any biological substance that could pose a threat to human health, so in fact something as simple as helping a colleague put a plaster on a particularly nasty paper cut could be included.

    If you are working with biohazards, it is important to have the correct protection in place in order to reduce the risks to your health. For a designated first aider in the average office, this could be as simple as ensuring that you have a sufficient supply of nitrile gloves, so that you can apply dressings and bandages without coming into contact with the injured party’s blood.

    Cleaning staff in many industries also need to be prepared to face biohazards; if you are called upon to clean up after somebody who’s been sick on the floor, having the correct kit for biohazard disposal will make your job not only easier but also significantly safer. At the very least, you would expect to have plastic aprons to protect your clothes from contamination, gloves to protect your hands and the right chemicals and equipment to clean it up effectively.

    For others, such as anyone working within the medical and care industries, biohazards are a matter of daily routine, and they will have a wide range of products and equipment around day by day to help deal with this. For example, when you visit the doctor you will see fresh couch roll to protect the medical examination bed from contamination, and you will often see hand sanitiser made available in the reception area for everyone passing through – this all helps to reduce and control the risks of infection.

    Here at the Glove Club, we offer a wide range of protective equipment, sanitation products, cleaning chemicals and more to help you deal with the hazards of your workplace, whatever they may be. For more information, you can call us on Free Phone 0500 456 832 or contact us online.

  • Are Black Gloves Best?

    In certain industries the use of black and coloured gloves can greatly enhance the productivity and focus of those who wear them, as well as providing their usual hygienic protection. With the simple addition of a coloured dye these gloves can come in handy in numerous situations. For those who suffer with latex allergies black gloves can also be made from nitrile, using the same dye to give the gloves a deep black appearance.

     

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    The black glove offers the same hygienic protection of the standard coloured white or cream alternative, but is often made tougher and more robust. With it being thicker it is strong enough to keep viruses and bacteria from penetrating, making them safe for bio hazardous situations.

    A further reason that makes the coloured glove appealing to certain industries is the fact that they don’t show stains. This can be highly beneficial to a messy industry to reduce distraction. Tattoo artists, for example, may opt for the black glove so that ink stains won’t show on their hands. A black glove can also be used as a frame when tattooing to allow a crisp visualisation of the area of skin which is to be tattooed.

    Other professions that might benefit from using black gloves include mechanics and beauticians as the lack of visible stains can aid focus for the worker.

    Generally, black rubber gloves aren't powdered and also come with a textured grip. Other key uses of coloured gloves, not only black but blue and other colours, are to indicate the gloves properties. If you are working in an environment where both latex and nitrile gloves are needed the different colours can be key coded to represent the different options available.

    Here at the Glove Club we can provide you with a wide range of coloured gloves, from black to pink to suit all your needs. If you wish to discuss our range of rubber gloves available contact us now on 0500 456 832 and we will be more than happy to help.

  • The Benefits of Wearing Gloves for Beauty Therapy and Hairdressing Professionals

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    Though the benefits of wearing gloves may be obvious for those in medical, dental and chemical professions, beauty therapists and hairdressers can also benefit immensely from the protection that rubber gloves provide.

    In November 2006 the 'Bad Hand Day?' campaign was launched in order to raise awareness of work-related dermatitis in the hairdressing industry. Hairdressers were identified as one of the occupational groups with the highest risk of developing work-related contact dermatitis.

    Dermatitis, or eczema, is the inflammation of the skin and the formation of dry, flaky, blistered, cracked, weeping and extremely itchy patches. The cause of dermatitis is unknown, but is presumed to be a combination of both genetic and environmental factors, and exposure to harsh chemicals can aggravate and provoke an episode of dermatitis.

    It is thought that up to 70% of hairdressers will suffer some form of skin damage at some stage in their career, and the main causes of work-related contact dermatitis in hairdressers are exposure to some of the chemicals present in hairdressing products, and frequent ‘wet work’, including shampooing and rinsing.

    Prior to the campaign, many hairdressers didn’t use gloves because they thought they might be uncomfortable or might snag in clients’ hair. However, after trying them, most agreed that using protective gloves didn’t cause any problems and prevented dermatitis and sore skin. As a result of the campaign, many hairdressers now wear gloves at work, and celebrity hairdresser Mark Hill, who supported the campaign, said: “Buying and wearing gloves to protect your hands from skin damage makes good business sense.”

    However, it isn’t just hairdressers who can reap the benefits of wearing protective rubber gloves, as beauty therapists can put them to good use too. Beauty therapists who conduct waxing, manicures and pedicures can protect themselves against fungal infections, infestations (such as scabies and lice), viruses such as hepatitis, and many bacterial infections by wearing gloves.  Gloves should be worn when there may be the chance of contact with a mucous membrane (such as during intimate waxing), or when there may be a chance of blood spotting (during waxing of coarse hair) and micro-dermabrasion.

    Whatever your needs, whether they be cosmetic, medical, dental or otherwise, The Glove Club can provide you with high-quality, yet reasonably priced, rubber gloves. Please do not hesitate to contact us, or call us on free phone at 0500 456 832.

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