Skin Health Alliance Endorses SW Safety Products

Skin Health Alliance SHA LogoSW Safety Solutions products have been awarded the Skin Health Alliance dermatological accreditation and endorsement. The Skin Health Alliance (SHA) is an independent not-for-profit organization working with international dermatologists, researchers, scientists and industry with the common interest of promoting skin health. The SHA’s ‘dermatologically accredited’ mark is an independent assurance that products have met a standardized set of skin safety requirements that are not set by the manufacturer or brand, but which have been agreed upon by leading international dermatologists and skin scientists.

Wherever consumers see the SHA dermatologically approved mark, they can be confident that the product has been tested to meet the rigorous SHA criteria which means it is skin safe and that any claims are evidenced by robust scientific and clinical research.

SW Safety products are the first single-use gloves to carry the Skin Health Alliance symbol. This globally recognized and respected symbol stands for the following:

  1. A product is skin safe when used for its intended purpose in strict accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
  2. A product adheres to current safety directives and legislation in those countries or regions where sold.
  3. A product and its packaging are not harmful to the environment at any stage of its research, development, manufacture or disposal.
  4. The product’s research has been professionally assessed by an independent committee made up of dermatologists and skin scientists unaffiliated to the manufacturer.
  5. The product user and the manufacturer are supporting legitimate skin disease and skin cancer charities around the world.

The benefits of this new endorsement to SW Safety’s valued customers include the following:

  1. SHA accredited products provide consumers with peace of mind as they are skin safe when used properly.
  2. Assures them that the science and research behind a product is robust.
  3. Assures them that the product meets international regulatory standards.
  4. Assures them that the product is not harmful to the environment at any stage in its development, manufacture or disposal.
  5. By using SHA accredited products consumers know they are helping to fund treatments and cures for the millions of skin disease sufferers around the world.

SW Safety is committed to always putting its customers first and leading with innovations and improvements that help promote their success.

For more information on the Skin Health Alliance and its accreditations please visit the Skin Health Alliance web site.

To see a list of SW Safety brand products that have been accredited and endorsed by SHA as being skin safe, please visit SHA’s Approved Products.

 

 

Skin Health Alliance Approves SW Safety Products

Peace of Mind Purchasing

SW Safety Solutions products are now Dermatologically Accredited and Skin Safe by the Skin Health Alliance. The Skin Health Alliance (SHA) is an independent not-for-profit organization working with international dermatologists, researchers, scientists and industry with the common interest of promoting skin health. Wherever consumers see the SHA dermatologically approved mark, they can be confident that the glove has been tested to meet the rigorous SHA criteria which means that it is skin safe and that any claims are evidenced by robust scientific and clinical research.

Skin Health Alliance Logo

SW Safety Solutions is the first single use glove brand to be endorsed by SHA and demonstrates SW Safey’s ongoing commitment to the development and manufacture of skin-safe products for all its valued customers.

Among the benefits that a product must provide in order to gain SHA accreditation are the following:

  • – SHA accredited products provide consumers with peace of mind as they are skin safe when used properly.
  • – Assures them that the science and research behind a product is robust.
  • – Assures them that the product meets international regulatory standards.
  • – Assures them that the product is not harmful to the environment at any stage in its development, manufacture or disposal.
  • – By using SHA accredited products consumers know they are helping to fund treatments and cures for the millions of skin disease sufferers around the world.

Click here to learn more about SHA and SW’s approved brands.

Hand Health

Manage What’s on the InsideNew hand health technologies and therapeutic advancements are changing the landscape of the single use (SU) glove. Going beyond serving as a barrier from the elements, SU gloves now actually protect your skin and manage the things that can cause irritation, dryness and chapping in an occlusive environment.When you don an SU glove, your hand is enveloped in a barrier material that safely protects your hand from a variety of liquid, chemical and light mechanical risks. However, this same barrier can also create a harsh, occlusive environment around your hand that presents an entirely new set of risks for hand protection.SW Safety Solutions Inc: Hand HealthWhen wearing an SU glove, your hand is contained in an enclosed environment with restricted airflow. Temperature begins to rise, which causes sweating and increased moisture, and pH levels to increase.The longer the glove remains on your hand, the more damaging this occlusive environment becomes and increasing the likelihood of skin dryness, redness and irritation.

Your skin’s pH is slightly acidic, ranging from 4.0-6.5 in a normal environment. Inside an SU glove, your hand loses moisture (sweats) and pH levels quickly rise, further effecting the skin surface and underlying layers. The skin’s ability to regulate its surface diminishes and the resulting alkaline environment can actually accelerate bacterial growth.

Imagine wearing a SU glove in the workplace for hours at a time over a period of days, months and even years. Add in the fact that your hands are “working hard” inside the glove while you grip, move, rub, etc., to complete your work tasks. This leads to friction and mechanical abrasion of the skin further exasperating an already difficult hand environment.

The need for “inside the glove” protection is clear and new technological advances by SW makes it easier and safer than ever before to offer protection “inside and out.” Your hands are not only shielded from external elements, but now the environment on the inside is managed, as well, to provide optimum skin health.


Medical or Industrial Grade?

Medical grade gloves…

  • are thoroughly tested to meet stringent FDA specifications for production and quality control standards.
  • are approved for use as a barrier to bodily fluids and chemical agents.
  • are also known as “examination” (exam) grade.
  • are not sterile or recommended for surgical use.
  • are ideal for doctors, dentists, labs and salons.

Industrial grade gloves…

  • Do not have an FDA 510K
  • are manufactured to lower standards according to ASTM International (American Society for Testing and Materials) requirements.
  • are accepted for use in general purpose applications or industrial settings where bodily fluids and chemical agents are not an issue.
  • are also known as “utility” grade.
  • are commonly used for food handling and automotive.

Health Care Trends in the USA

In the USA health care costs continue to rise year on year. Currently, estimates indicate that over 2.7 trillion dollars are spent annually on health care.  Although health care spending continues to increase year after year, during 2013 the growth rate was at an all-time low. In 2013 although the rate of growth was thought to have declined to 3.6%, in 2015 it is expected to increase to over 6%. The effect of this trend is already being seen in the health care industry.

ebola glovesPreviously, Americans who had to pay out of pocket for procedures were electing to have fewer procedures done, but with the affordable care act’s mandate for country wide health insurance, more and more people are electing to have more procedures done. Furthermore the affordable care act has caused health care costs to increase at a slower rate. Essentially, there has been more spending but less costs for hospitals. This has been great news for the health care Industry and also good news for many citizens who are able to get the treatment they need but previously couldn’t afford it.

As health care spending growth continues to outpace the rest of the US economy, there is no better time than now to capitalize on this trend. With the increased demand for elected procedures in the USA, there also will be an increase in demand by hospitals for materials needed for these procedures (such as gloves). In Q2 of 2014 alone, revenue increased by over 8 billion dollars, more than the previous four quarters combined.

 

As such, hospitals have more revenue to purchase superior made gloves and now are moving away from purchasing low-quality cheap options as during the recessionary period. As the recent Ebola outbreak highlighted, cutting corners with cheap inferior products is not an option and has come under intense public scrutiny. Today, many nurses and doctors insist on triple gloving when dealing with possible Ebola infected patients to maintain security. It is important for any supplier to have options that can protect from blood penetration, bacteria as well as liquid and gases.  When purchasing gloves make sure they have the proper ASTM level clearance to be assured of their quality and ability to protect users from any threat. When it comes to health, cutting corners is not an option.