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Savings / Safety Tips for June 2016 from All Safety Products, Inc.

Just what is the proper glove?

The fascinating (and tragic) history of gloves in industry. Just what is the proper glove?

That's a question that could be answered by anyone from Martha Stewart to your company's welder.

But, as anyone in industrial occupations can tell you, the answers are critical. While gloves have been used for thousands of years for purposes of warmth, cleanliness and even ceremony, the use of special gloves for specific jobs is relatively recent.

In 1889, Johns Hopkins Hospital chief of surgery William Steward Halsted asked the Goodyear Rubber Company to make thin rubber gloves to protect medical staff, specifically his fiance Caroline Hampton, then chief operating room nurse. Hampton had been using a chemical to prepare the operating room for a sterile surgery when she developed a skin reaction. The gloves worked well and by 1894 Halsted ordered the use of sterilized medical gloves at the hospital. That was a good start and within just a few decades glove technology became important in industrial safety.

Although many new forms of gloves, specific to tasks, have since been developed, OSHA estimates that occupational skin disease still accounts for 10-15 percent of work related diseases.

One of the most important practices of a good tradesman is to ensure work clothes, and especially gloves, are decontaminated before they leave the work site. Welders, for example, might have slag and tiny debris on gloves. If worn home without decontamination, family members could develop skin problems, or eye problems as the bits contaminate the home and clothing.

Some hard lessons have been learned about the proper use of gloves. Among them, the tragic case of Karen Wetterhahn, a scientist at Dartmouth College who specialized in toxic metal exposure. In August 1996, Wetterhahn was studying the way mercury interacted with protein. She was careful to wear protective glasses, gloves and protective clothing. Yet, nine months later, at the age of 48, she was dead of mercury poisoning. Her illness was traced back to that August when she spilled two drops of mercury on her gloved hand. It was later established that dimethylmercury can penetrate latex in about 15 seconds.

Wearing the right glove for the job, all the time, is one of the most important modern safety precepts.

All Safety Products provides a handy glove selection chart with chemical break-through times for most common chemicals found here.

All Safety Products provides a wide variety of industrial safety gloves to fit just about every glove need for protection against hazardous materials and chemicals. Click here for the top level category for our gloves.

Healthy Tips

Studies: Pre-habilitation: Exercising now pays off before surgery

Doctors at the Mayo Clinic have found that fitness counts when surgery is scheduled. Increasing evidence shows that being fit before surgery may reduce the length of your hospital stay, as well as your risk of post-operative complications.

People who can walk a few blocks or climb several flights of stairs with no problem have fewer complications after surgery than those who aren't able to do these things.

Recommended exercises are: regular walking or cycling and strength training with resistance bands or free weights. One study found that several weeks of walking and performing breathing exercises improved fitness in a group of volunteers awaiting colorectal surgery.

Other pre-habilitation steps include:

Stop smoking. Smoking is a risk factor for surgical complications, cardiovascular problems and pneumonia.

Control blood sugar. If you have diabetes, getting blood sugar under control can reduce the risk of complications.

Get enough sleep. Sleep apnea increases the risk of post-surgery breathing and blood oxygen problems.

Improve your diet. Being underweight, especially if you have had rapid weight loss, is a risk factor, as is being significantly overweight.

Manage stress. Stress management skills can help you cope with anxiety about your surgery and recovery.

Pacing your activities and accepting help from family and friends can have a positive impact on your recovery time.

Delicious Recipe

Royale Chicken-Asparagus Roulade

A recipe fit for the Queen! Queen Elizabeth II officially celebrates her 90th birthday in June and also her 63rd year as Queen, breaking the record of Queen Victoria to become the longest reigning monarch.

Many Americans and Canadians have been royal family watchers, for marriages, births of children and grandchildren, and funerals (the Queen Mother and Princess Diana). Now, fans can picnic with the royals and 10,000 invited guests (paying $215 each) as they celebrate the Queen's charity patronages.

June is also Poultry Month. How fitting is it, to make Royale Chicken-Asparagus Roulade part of the lunch to serve at your own event.

Royale Chicken-Asparagus Roulade

  • 4 medium skinless, boneless chicken-breast halves
  • 1 lemon
  • 3 ounces goat cheese
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 16 thin asparagus spears
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • Holding a chef's knife against a long side of chicken-breast halves, slice them almost but not all the way through. Open and spread flat.
  • Make 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest and 1 tablespoon juice.
  • In bowl, combine goat cheese, mint, lemon zest and juice.
  • Spread mixture evenly on cut sides of breast halves.
  • Line up asparagus spears (cut blunt ends to unify length).
  • Place 4 uncooked spears on a long side of each breast half.
  • Roll each breast half to enclose them, allowing ends of stalks to protrude.
  • Secure with toothpicks.
  • Sprinkle with salt and pepper. In nonstick 12-inch skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat until hot.
  • Add roulades.
  • Cook, covered, 9 to 11 minutes or until chicken loses pink color, turning roulades to brown all sides.
  • Transfer roulades to cutting board to cool.
  • To serve, discard toothpicks and cut roulades into 1-inch-thick slices.
  • Place them in individual picnic basket containers or on a platter for immediate use.
Serves 4.

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