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Why Disposable Gloves are Essential

by mdsassociates
Wed, Mar 3rd 2021 08:00 am

Disposable gloves are worn practically everywhere nowadays. Latex-free styles such as nitrile and synthetic vinyl are the most popular styles. Single-use gloves might get dirty quickly, but they're very easy and cheap to replace. There's always a new pair waiting, and they don't need special laundering. For workers who need a tactile protective hand barrier but don't require a specialized protection such as cut resistance, disposable gloves are the best option.

Single-use or disposable type gloves are beneficial when it comes to protecting the skin against chemicals, contamination, fluids or infection, in the healthcare profession as well as food handling, law enforcement and dentistry. Disposable gloves keep everyone safer because they minimize the spread of germs and bacteria.

1. Single-use gloves prevent cross-contamination or touch contamination

This is a daily risk for a number of workers. In the food processing and preparation industries especially, cross-contamination can spread bacteria such E.coli or Salmonella throughout very quickly.

2. They prevent pathogens from spreading

Hospital, medical, dental, tattoo and veterinary office workers come into contact with bodily fluids such as blood, urine, salvia on a regular basis. Because of this, bacteria and viruses can spread fast.

3. They protect you from unknown hazards

Some workers have no idea what they might encounter from one day to the next. Such is the case with plant and wildlife professionals, forensics, labs, EMT's, mechanics and doctor's. In the field, a worker might make contact with fluids or substances such as fentanyl that are toxic or can cause a severe allergic reaction.

4. They won't wear out

Their name says it all. Disposable gloves get tossed after one use — whether it's after a full shift or after coming into contact with one patient or specimen.


  • Avoid touching or adjusting PPE
  • Change gloves between patients/activities
  • Remove gloves if they become torn or damaged
  • Perform hand hygiene before putting on new gloves

Use double gloves if any strenuous activityor tasks in which contact with blood and body fluids are anticipated. Use heavy duty/rubber glovesfor environmental cleaning and waste management

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