safety question

Submitted by john on 1/4/06 at 3:45 PM. ( )

Just wondering if any of you still wear gloves after a hide or cape is tanned. anything you need to keep off your hands during the mounting process thanks

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Are you doing taxidermy?

This response submitted by George on 1/4/06 at 8:46 PM. ( )

Then have the gloves on. I ALWAYS have my gloves on. Painting, sewing, tanning, fleshing, whatever. It protects my skin like nothing else will and when I change jobs unexpectedly, I have the right protection in place. Makes it easier while you're fleshing a roadkilled possum to peel off your gloves and sit there and eat your bologna sandwich.


This response submitted by B on 1/5/06 at 12:46 AM. ( )

Save all the time of washing the crud off to answer the phone

I'm Not saying this is right but...

This response submitted by Hogger on 1/5/06 at 2:59 AM. ( )

I'm guilty of not wearing gloves. I live and work in hot climate with no air conditioning. Rubber gloves make my hands sweat and if you're talking about surgical gloves, they seem to break on me over and over again. Also I have numb fingers anyway and they just seem to take more sense of touch away from me and it throws me off.

for me, it depends

This response submitted by B2 on 1/5/06 at 8:19 AM. ( )

on exactly what I am working on, meaning which stage of the process for whichever project I am doing.

I mainly use them during the tanning process, but usually do not use them much otherwise. Like Hogger, I am not saying this is right. I do TRY to do my skinning with them on. (falling into the hot climate like Hogger, i usually think about it after i have started skinning, then just continue since i do not want to stop(that is why I said TRY)

When messing with chemicals, I always have them on. I used to do alot of work with pool chemicals, and they do not always mix well on the skin. I fall into the once burned twice shy school on the chemical issue.


Hogger, that's even a better reason to wear them

This response submitted by George on 1/5/06 at 10:19 AM. ( )

When you sweat like that, your pores are open to all the elements and susceptable to better absorption of the bad little nasties that we deal with. A shop air conditioner is much cheaper than the possibilities of having to be treated for septic and staff infections.


This response submitted by Breck on 1/5/06 at 11:53 AM. ( )

I also live in a hot climate and I lived in Hawaii for a few years also so I know what you mean, but you should at least wear gloves while skinning and fleshing (especially hogs) As you know staff (I'm not sure about the spelling) infections in Hawaii are very easily spread. I always hated working with gloves until I found the Industrial Nitrile powdered gloves. They are not like latex gloves. If you contact them and ask them for some samples they will send you some. Ask for a pair of each size to find the proper fit. WWW.AMMEX.COM 1-800-274-7354

George and Beck

This response submitted by Hogger on 1/6/06 at 12:51 AM. ( )

Thanks much for your concern and warnings. Like I said, I know it's not right, but that's the way I have been doing it. I promise If I can find a good fitting glove that wont break everytime I grip and turn the knobs of my mounting stand yet is thin enough to give me feeling I will definately wear them. For now I bank on the ole cliche "only the good die young" LOL!

I wear them all the time now

This response submitted by Hedhuntr on 1/7/06 at 1:53 AM. ( )

I never used to wear them when I was mounting a hide but after getting in the shower the next day I noticed my hands would prune easily (like when you stay in water to long)after 5 minutes in the shower so I figured it was from something in the cape/tan. Now I wear the nitriles all the time


This response submitted by Joey Murphey on 1/7/06 at 7:17 AM. ( )

I wear them all the time. The kind that I use are blue nitrile gloves. I used to purchase them for people who milked cows when I managed a dairy research farm. These are very durable, yet easy to do intricate detail work while wearing...but I still go through two to three pr/day. I especially like them while airbrushing, since laquer based products are tough on hands. Occasionally, Harbor Freight has these on sale for 5.99/box...(item #37052-4VGA) for extra large...Thats when I stock up. Once you open a box, if you don't use these frequently, place the gloves in zip lock bags. They will get brittle rapidly when exposed to air.

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