SW Safety was recently featured in the November 2017 issue of OH&S Magazine. “The Real Cost of Sweaty Gloves—It’s Not Just About Comfort” discusses common problems experienced when wearing single-use gloves. The article also addresses potential additional costs including associated health care and decreased productivity.
The article goes on to discuss the long-term effects that users experience, including skin rashes and dermatitis, as well as allergic reactions. These and other negative outcomes can often be prevented by using the right glove for the situation.
Read the full article on OH&S’s website here
SW Safety Solutions has for many years pushed the limits in quality single-use glove construction. Not just for a better, more reliable glove, but for the end user as well. Glove usage is a requirement in many work applications, and because of the nature that gloves function, many serious reactions have surfaced. From dry and itchy rashes, to severe contact allergies, and more. SW Safety has made comfort and safety an on-going priority. To that end the following Hand Health and Performance Technologies have been developed for single use nitirle and latex gloves:
Patented Aloe Vera technology soothes and moisturizes hands while you work.
SW gloves with ACTIValoe inner coating have been shown to decrease irritation, inflammation, contact dermatitis, dryness and redness, and to improve overall health and appearance of skin.
Through a stringent purification and decoloring process, ACTIValoe material is refined to deliver a mix of polysaccharide molecular weights in the range of 50,000 to 200,000 Da optimal to support the skin benefits of Aloe Vera. When activated through the skin’s natural hydration process, Aloe Vera is delivered directly to the epidermis with a moisturizing and soothing effect.
Hand health issues including dermatitis, perspiration and general discomfort, challenge life science professionals required to wear gloves to perform their jobs. Wearing single use gloves can perpetuate an occlusive environment that can damage the exterior layers of skin on the hand. SW single use gloves with ACTIValoe technology have been shown to soothe and moisturize workers’ hands.1
Keep cool and comfortable during long term glove applications.
DriTek sweat management technology provides an absorbent lining to control moisture and enhance user comfort.
Controlled moisture improves dexterity and tactility, better handling of tips, tubes and lab instruments. It also helps maintain a healthier environment for the skin. Excessive moisture can compromise skin integrity resulting in irritation, dryness and other conditions.
DriTek doesn’t stop at better comfort and skin protection. It also delivers superior durability and long life. Multilayer construction results in certifi ed ANSI Level 3 Abrasion Resistance.
The DriTek liner also facilitates easier donning, even with wet hands.
Proprietary pH balance technology helps maintain your skin’s natural defenses.
Infused on the inner surface of the glove, SW pH Natural technology restores and maintains an optimum pH level to support the skin’s natural healing ability and help protect the hand from heightened pH levels. In a study conducted by Stanford University, subjects wearing pH Natural gloves experienced a decrease in the development of redness, scaling, irritation and roughness.2
By matching the skin’s natural 5.5 pH level, this all-natural, pH-balancing lining helps to prevent disruption of the acid mantle, a very thin, slightly acidic fi lm on the skin that serves as the fi rst line of defense against the elements. This helps maintain the integrity of the stratus corneum, or the skin’s outer most layer responsible for the skin’s barrier function.
Due to the presence of excess moisture, irritants and manufacturing residuals, an elevated skin pH level is common among individuals with high glove usage.
Protect your hands and valuable samples from glove-borne manufacturing residuals.
SW TouchTek technology reduces residual chemical irritants and contaminants from manufacturing. This enhances glove quality on both the outer and inner surfaces of the glove.
Reduced residuals on the outer glove surface results in lower risk of contamination or interference with sensitive lab work.
A cleaner inner glove surface helps prevent the risk of contact dermatitis due to allergic reactions to residual manufacturing chemicals.
Protecting hands, as well as lab instruments, vessels and ultimately valuable samples from contaminants, enhances lab worker comfort, safety and overall productivity.
Get long-lasting protection without sacrifi cing tactility and dexterity.
MilTek technology delivers a more consistent material thickness across the entire glove – from fingers to palm to cuff.
Most conventional gloves are much thicker at the fi ngertips and much thinner at the cuff than at the palm. This often results in cuffs failing immediately upon donning or even when fi rst pulling from a dispenser. It can also inhibit fi ngertip tactile sensitivity and overall dexterity.
MilTek thickness control means greater dexterity and tactile sensitivity in the fi ngertips, effective protection at the palm and a cuff that is always thick enough to be tear-resistant.
Keep a safe grip on wet glassware and columns in the lab.
Patent-pending technology TracTek is the latest innovation in patterned nitrile grip, designed to greatly increase grip on wet and oily surfaces. The pattern employs a uniquely effeient raised diamond micro-pyramid grip design that channels liquids away from key areas of the hand where traction is most present, and offers 200% more tactile grip on wet and oily surfaces relative to similar products:
- Maximum points of contact optimizes grip performance
- Rigid design ensures grip does not weaken with time and wear
- Pyramid pattern keeps multi-directional fl ow channels open between points of contact to effciently expel liquid without sacrifi cing grip.
Tractek’s features create an unprecedented grip ability in a nitrile glove as tested under ASTM F2961. This design affords maximum grip in all conditions without sacrifi cing durability or sensitivity.
1. West DP, Zhu YF. Evaluation of aloe vera gel gloves in the treatment of dry skin associated with occupational exposure. Am J Infect Control 2003;31:40-2.
2. Mirza R, Maani N. A randomized, controlled, double-blind study of the effect of wearing coated pH 5.5 latex gloves compared with standard powder-free latex gloves on skin pH, transepidermal water loss and skin irritation. Department of Dermatology, Clinical Trials, Stanford University, Contact Dermatitis. 2006 55(1):20-5.