Occupational skin disease (OSD) and injuries to the hand and upper limb (musculoskeletal disorders - MSDS) are hazards for any worker wearing cheap disposable gloves. The hand is the most common site affected by OSD, with protective gloves found to be the most common primary cause.
Historically, latex gloves have been used in the medical and dental industries because of their superior dexterity and tactile feel, especially for surgical work. However, these can be problematic with practitioners and patients with latex allergies.
The National Food Safety Education Month is an awareness campaign that focuses on the importance of food safety and practices in helping to prevent food poisoning. Personal protective equipment (PPE) used in food handling and processing, is often overlooked in food safety and hygiene practices in this industry.
Wearing disposable gloves alone does not necessarily prevent the spread of bacteria and viruses on hands and surfaces. Hand hygiene is necessary, and consideration of the type and quality of glove can help reduce glove associated cross-contamination risks.
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for excellent hand hygiene, but what's the point of this if your hands are covered with cheap and ineffective gloves which fail to provide necessary protection? Here we discuss essential glove selection and hygiene practices.