Little Known Ways to Get the Most out of Disposable Gloves
People who wear disposable gloves probably think more about protection against outside hazards, such as cuts and abrasions, and not so much about protection against the gloves. But when disposable gloves are worn for long periods of time, they can become a hazard or make hands more vulnerable to injury after the glove has been removed.
What’s Wrong with Disposable Gloves?
These single use gloves are beneficial when it comes to protecting the skin against chemicals, contamination or infection, in the medical profession as well as food handling, disposable gloves keep everyone safer because they minimize the spread of germs and bacteria.
But what goes on inside the gloves is a different story. By nature, most disposable gloves form a water and air-tight barrier around the hands. Hands naturally sweat, and the gloves trap moisture inside.
To avoid this problem, users tend to change gloves more often. But hands softened from sweat are more prone to injury and the repetitive damp then dry then damp again conditions can cause hand irritation and even pain.
What is Available Today
Since heat and dampness can upset the natural pH balance of hands, moisture-wicking materials like our Sure Knit™ Ultra-Thin Half-Finger Nylon Inspector Gloves could help. Moisture is drawn away from the skin, keeping hands drier, and the result is a cooler glove that is more comfortable to wear. When workers are comfortable, they’re more likely to wear gloves when they need them.
Look at your Options
It used to be that the only disposable glove option was made with latex, today Nitrile and Vinyl are popular alternatives because they do not produce allergic reactions. The symptoms of latex allergies include red rash stopping wear the glove ends, itchy bumps and in severe cases this allergy can result in shock.
Remember the Basics
It doesn’t matter if you’re using the gloves day-in, day-out or for a single use, glove selecting principles still apply:
Proper Fit is Critical:
If the glove is either too big or too small, the wearer will suffer from reduced dexterity or hand fatigue and stress.
Select a Glove that Matches the Task:
Is tactile feel or extra-protection required? Don’t select an 15mm thick glove when a 5mm thick glove is needed and vice-versa.
Make Sure they are Convenient to Use:
It comes back to compliance, will a worker take an extra time to use gloves if they are a struggle to don and doff? Probably not. Make sure the disposable gloves you select are easy to use.
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