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Auto body repair shops represent another opportunity to sell disposable gloves and other supplies for fixing, cleaning and detailing vehicles. According to market research from IBIS World, there are roughly 263,000 auto mechanic shops in the U.S., which employ 560,000 people. If workers are on the floor at a mechanic shop, chances are they wear disposable gloves.
Skilled mechanics perform various services, from replacing mufflers and brakes to repairing engines. As they perform these duties, mechanics require the use of gloves to protect their hands from hazardous materials and harsh industrial environments. Prolonged contact with brake fluids causes various health risks, including nerve damage or paralysis.
In this industry, mechanics generally choose between latex or nitrile gloves. Both materials stand up to tough environments and conform to the hand for dexterity. However, latex gloves don’t stand up well to oil, grease and gasoline. In addition, the latex proteins may eventually lead to sensitivity to this material.
“Auto body shops employ 560,000 people across the U.S.”
Nitrile gloves lack latex proteins, and this durable material stands up better to chemicals than its latex cousin. Nitrile gloves also have greater puncture resistance than latex. Nitrile is slightly less elastic than latex, but conforms closely to the hand as it heats up. AMMEX offers nitrile gloves in many colors, which are beneficial for maintaining visibility in dim environments.
Whether mechanics choose to use latex or nitrile gloves, powder-free options are ideal because the powder can leak from the gloves and affect varnishes and finishes.