Glove Safety

In Tips and Adviceby Robert Irvine

WEARING GLOVES FOR SAFETY

  1. Stop Transmitting Bacteria
    • Everything you touch throughout the day contains bacteria, which can easily be passed on to what you handle and can make you sick. For example: gas pumps, door handles to stores, carts and transport equipment, shelves in stores, products on shelves. Everything you touch has the potential for someone else to transfer bacteria to you and to your gloves. When you later touch something, even with your hands protected, you will transfer the bacteria again and then at some point may touch that item or spot without gloves again later.

 

  1. Change Your Gloves Often
    • Wearing gloves doesnt guarantee that pathogens won’t be transferred during activities. Gloves can easily be contaminated with pathogens just as your hands can be. To ensure pathogens aren’t spread, change your gloves:
      • If they become damaged
      • If they become contaminated
      • When switching tasks

 

  1. Wash Your Hands
    • You should always wash your hands with soap before putting on a new pair of gloves.

 

  1. Proper hand washing Procedure
  • Use the hand washing sink
  • Turn water to as hot as is comfortable for you.
  • Moisten your hands and arms, apply soap.
  • Wash and scrub for 40-60 seconds or more.
  • Rub hands briskly. Wash between fingers, the backs of your hands, your palms, around your fingernails, up to the wrists and forearms, and under jewelry.
  • Rinse your hands and arms thoroughly.
  • Dry your hands and arms on single-use paper towel.
  • Use paper towel to turn off faucet and open any doors.
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