Get A Grip On Palm Coated Gloves

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What Are Coated Gloves?

Nothing beats a firm grip on work. Palm Coated Gloves (AKA Dipped Gloves) are designed to protect your hands from cuts and abrasions and offer extra grip.

Most coated gloves are made of engineered knit fibers for the glove part. The glove “shell” is then dipped in various coatings to make that great gripping texture and protection!

Different Coatings, Different Jobs

Coatings provide additional protection while resisting punctures and abrasions and offering improved grip while working.

Natural Rubber Latex Palm Coated Gloves latex-coated-gloves

Natural Rubber Textured Latex Palm Coatings offer good grip. Latex coating provides abrasion resistance and is great for handling building materials. Latex has very high elasticity and grip compared to other glove materials, and withstands extreme temperature and tearing.

Latex coated gloves are great for a number of tasks including general maintenance, shipping, receiving, assembling, and concrete/brick/lumber handling.

  • High elasticity and grip.
  • Great tear resistance.
  • Poor resistance against most hydrocarbon and organic solvents (i.e. gasoline).
  • Can cause allergic reactions.

Nitrile Palm Coated Glovesnitrile-coated-gloves

Nitrile Palm Coating has high puncture and chemical resistance. It offers greater tactile feedback, grip, and abrasion resistance, even when wet. 3x more puncture resistant than rubber latex!

Nitrile coated gloves provide excellent resistance to punctures, cuts, snags, abrasions, oils, and fuels.

  • Synthetic version of latex.
  • 3x more puncture resistant than latex rubber.
  • Stands up well to oil, organic solvents, and fuels.

Nitrile Micro Foam Coated Glovesmicro-foam-nitrile-coated-gloves

Nitrile micro foam coated gloves are a good choice for working in “wet” environments. The microfoam coating acts similar to a sponge and provides extra gripping power.

  • Additional foam coating acts like a sponge, increasing gripping power.
  • Good tactile sensitivity and dexterity.

Polyurethane Palm Coated Glovespolyurethane-coated-gloves

Great for small parts handling. Non-allergenic. Good stretch, strength, and softness. Low particulate shed. Great for protection from cuts from sheet metal, steel & glass. Resistant to oils, solvents and grease. They are not designed to protect from excessive heat or cold or from harsh chemicals.

  • Grips well without being “sticky”.
  • Breathable and dexterous.
  • Resists oil, solvents, gasoline, fats, greases, and oxidation.
  • Poor resistance to hot water.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Flocked Swabs VS Spun Fiber Swabs

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There are 2 main types of swabs when it comes to tip of the matter.

Most people have experience with spun fiber swabs (cotton swabspolyester swabs, rayon swabs). Most consumer swabs for cosmetics and hygiene consist of spun cotton fiber swabs. The newest in swab and applicator technology: Flocked Swabs.

Flocked swabs are different.

Most notably, Flocked swabs have ultra tiny bristles. These are far better at picking up and releasing specimen for collection and diagnostics.

Yet, spun fiber swab traits make it far less effective for these types of uses. Specimen and material are improperly trapped in the spun fiber and often softer/porous core.

Unique, bristled design of flocked swabs makes them ideal for specimen collection. Especially diagnostic testing, buccal cell collection, DNA testing, and forensic evidence collection.

Each swab tip features fine bristles, uniformly arranged around the applicator handle. Therefore this ensures that the tips are ultra-clean and always reliable. Compared with traditional fiber swabs, flocked swabs don’t have a porous internal core to trap and absorb collected specimens.

Instead, they feature a velvet-like brush tip that ensures superior collection and release characteristics.

Sometimes picking the right swab for the job can be challenging.

We’re just a call or chat away to answer all your questions.

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Food Safety & Food Handling Swabs: Testing with the Right Swab

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 48 million people get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die every year from foodborne illness. Some of the culprits are disease-causing microbes or pathogens, such as the norovirus, ListeriaSalmonella, and E. coli. Poisonous chemicals and other substances are also guilty of causing these foodborne diseases which number more than 250 foodborne diseases.

Food is far too easy to become contaminated as it is produced and processed.

Most healthy meat and poultry can even become contaminated during slaughter by contact with intestinal contents. When we irrigate most fresh fruits and vegetables with contaminated water, these fruits and vegetables will also become contaminated.

Salmonella enterica bacterium, is a bacteria which causes a type of food poisoning called Salmonellosis and most normal looking hen eggs can be contaminated with Salmonella even before the shell is formed. Shigella bacteria, hepatitis A, and norovirus can be introduced by the dirty or improperly washed hands of infected food handlers into foods.

You can see how there are many ways for food to become contaminated during food processing.

Although the cost to human wellness and life is the greatest, foodborne illness has very serious financial implications as well. In 2014 the United States Department of Agriculture estimated these illnesses are annually costing the economy more than $15.6 billion. The number is shocking on its own, but even more so when you consider this public health burden is largely preventable.

In terms of prevention, food processing organizations must make hygiene, sanitation and cleanliness procedures their top priorities. Harmony offers high-quality food safety and environmental surface sampling devices which are very useful and important to food handlers who collect and test food for bacterial pathogens. Let’s look at these food safety testing swabs, and see which ones are best for their various applications.

Testing Meat for Pathogens with EnviroMax Plus®

In all meat processing plants, regular quality and hygiene control is always very critical. Where pathogen testing is concerned in this industry, speed is second only to accuracy. Companies want to get their products out the door quickly and they need to be confident the meat does not contain parasites or bacteria like SalmonellaListeria, and E. coli.

For rapid and effective safety testing, we recommend a firm foam-tipped swab like those in Puritan® EnviroMax Plus® Sterile Environmental Sampling Swabs.

The benefits of foam-tipped swabs are their large tip, which increases sample and elution counts, and their rigid paddle-like design which allows for the firm and even application of pressure necessary for adequate sample collection. As for ease of use, simply remove the Puritan® EnviroMax Plus® swab from the vial, collect the sample, and return the swab to the vial. Sampling is that easy and secure.

For a step-by-step guide on how to test meat with our EnviroMax swabs, read this instructional blog post from Puritan®.

Protect Your Poultry With PurFlock Ultra®

Poultry farms are often distressed by the popular avian influenza (AI) virus and one simple way to check the health of your birds is with blood tests and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing. According to the U.S. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, testing reduces the risk of spreading AI.

The PCR test is perhaps the least invasive: just take hold of a bird, open its mouth, and swab the throat. That’s right! So which of the food handler swabs are the best fit for this task? Puritan®’s PurFlock Ultra® swabs with a miniature or ultrafine tip are ideal for taking samples of the trachea or oropharynx and cloaca.

Routine monitoring of your flock for the presence of other respiratory and infectious diseases is very important. The PurFlock Ultra® flocked swab makes the random sampling process for such tests easier for the staff, less injurious to the birds, and more efficient for processing. That’s what makes it unique.

Keep Bacteria Out of Your Brewery With an ESK® Sampling Kit

As more and more small-scale breweries ramp up their production, sanitation procedures must follow suit. During the grain malting process, cereal grains are eventually converted to sugars, which are gradually consumed by yeast as the beer ferments. Bacteria thrives in this high-sugar environment. Here it can multiply, potentially ruining a batch, or worse, contributing to the contamination of an entire facility. Puritan®’s ESK® environmental sampling kits can provide an appropriate food safety testing solution for smaller-scale and microbreweries.

Companies can validate the food safety procedures at the brewery by swabbing for bacterial growth in areas through which the beer passes. Morebeer.com recommends “swabbing all areas which should be clean and sterile, including: cleaned-in-place fermenter hose ends, exit ports from hard piping, the plate cooler, or the filter.” You may also want to swab keg interiors and filling heads. Puritan®’s EnviroMax® and EnviroMax Plus® swabs can get into hard to reach areas where contaminants may be hidden. And the small polyester tip and quick-turn, leak resistant cap make for a proper environmental transport medium.

So as you can see, different food safety environments call for different testing materials. To learn more about using Harmony Business Supplies as your source for food handler and safety testing swabs, contact one of our knowledgeable product specialists at Harmony today.

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