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Hand Protection: Consumers Opting for Safety, Comfort or Price?

Due to this economic crisis, many manufacturing facilities have started to move away to other regions where manufacturing and labor costs are low. The severity of the situation is compounded by the fact that many industries experience closures and reduced demand for their products or services, consequently reducing the number of employees. As a result there are fewer workers to protect and fewer opportunities for glovem anufacturers to sell their products. Under these circumstances, it is difficult to convince end users to upgrade protective equipment for the task they are performing because, in almost all cases, an upgrade means spending more for hand protection.

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Customer Success Story: Furmanite

As the worldwide leader in on-site and on-line plant and pipeline maintenance, Furmanite's core mission is to "maximize asset uptime" for its customers. Its broad array of specialized technical services and proprietary technology are critical to the operation and financial success of some of the world’s largest companies in the refining, chemical and petrochemical, oil and gas, power generation, pulp and paper, pharmaceutical, and national defense industries. Headquartered in Richardson, Texas, Furmanite has over 1,400 employees working from over 70 field service offices on six continents.

Customer Success Story: Johns Manville

Johns Manville, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is a leading manufacturer and marketer of premium-quality building insulation, commercial roofing, roof insulation, and specialty products for commercial, industrial, and residential applications. In business since 1858, the Denver-based company has annual sales in excess of $2 billion and holds leadership positions in all of the key markets that it serves. Johns Manville employs approximately 7,800 people and operates 41 manufacturing facilities in North America, Europe and China.

Customer Success Story: Gemaire Group

Gemaire Group, headquartered in Deerfield Beach, Florida, distributes HVAC- related equipment, parts and supplies to a nationwide network of contractors. Founded in 1969 as a single warehouse in Boca Raton, Florida, Gemaire Group employs nearly 1,000 people throughout its distribution chain of 92 showroom branche.

Consider Cost vs. Price When Purchasing Hand Protection Products

Everyone wants a bargain, especially in tough economic times. However, purchasing managers and others should take heed when buying personal protective equipment (PPE), including gloves, because sometimes an inexpensive product will actually cost more over time.

Finding the Most Suitable Chemical Resistant Gloves for the Application

Workers in the chemical processing and handling industry could certainly benefit from the "perfect" glove. The glove would be thick enough for thermal insulation, thin enough to promote dexterity and tough enough to protect workers from cuts and abrasion. It would also protect against all known chemicals and offered at a minimal price.The problem is that such a glove does not exist.

PPE Questions Addressed for Chemical Applications

Using the right personal protective equipment (PPE)—and disposing of it properly—is especially important in chemical plants where workers may be exposed to harsh and even dangerous chemicals. Below are questions often asked about selecting and using hand protection products and apparel in processing and handling applications.

Laundering Can Save Money, Extend Glove and Apparel Life

Laundering can impact the bottom line by preventing employees from prematurely disposing of used safety gloves and apparel. Workers often dispose of these products after they become soiled—even though the gloves or apparel were worn only once and have plenty of useful life remaining.

Aging Workers Require Specific, Tailored Hand Protection

Older workers are essential to American industry, with about one-third of the labor force born between 1946 and 1964. Because employers appreciate older laborers’ knowledge, experience and work ethic, this sector is likely to continue to play an important role in the years ahead.