A Minerva company has developed rubber gloves that are resistant to fentenyl and heroin. The company hopes to sell the gloves to police and fire departmenrts around the country.
MINERVA A local company has developed rubber gloves that are resistant to fentanyl and heroin.
PH&S Products said its ResQ-Grips glove line has been certified after clearing tests by Akron Rubber Development Laboratory. PH&S, which is a division of Summit Glove, said its line is the first to clear testing for accidental exposure to fentanyl and heroin.
The gloves can ensure the safety of police officers, paramedics, nurses and other first responders when they help someone who has overdosed on heroin or fentanyl, company spokesman Matt Fox said. "Our gloves can protect them in an incident."
Because of overdoses related to the national opioid epidemic a number of first responders have been exposed to heroin and fentanyl. Incidental contact with a minute amount of fentanyl can lead to death, and in some cases — two of them in Northeast Ohio — accidental contact with the drugs has caused police officers and paramedics to become sick.
Brett Sarbach, general manager for Summit Glove, said the company is confident ResQ-Grip gloves offer effective protection from fentanyl and heroin and is happy to see the testing by ARDL confirmed the gloves are safe for first responders to use.
"We are proud to be the first company able to offer them proven protection from accidental exposure," Sarbach said in a news release.
The gloves are disposable and made from nitrile rubber, a synthetic compound. Each glove has a diamond texture on the finger tips, which allows wearers to get a better grip when working with a patient.
ARDL is a third-party testing operation that formed in 1962 and now has several locations in Akron. It provides testing, development and problem solving for the rubber and plastics industry. The company tested PH&S gloves and determined they would resist fentanyl and heroin for at least four hours.
Before the tests could be done, ARDL needed approval from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. PH&S credited U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Marietta, and Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Cleveland, for assisting with expediting the testing process.
Brown, in the PH&S news release, said he was proud that Northeast Ohio companies were innovative and leading efforts to protect emergency rescue crews working on the front lines of the heroin epidemic.
Johnson said he was happy to work with PH&S to clear the hurdles and pave way for testing. "These gloves will be an important tool for our law enforcement and other first responders as they deal with the scourge of fentanyl. It's vitally important they can safely do their job while protecting themselves," he said in the release.
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