Choosing the Right Type of Protection Gloves
A study made by the University of California, Berkeley provided a detailed view of what is the right type of protection gloves to use according to your job description. Below is a summary and other useful information on this important topic as we are facing a serious world spread of dangerous viruses and infections.
- Identify the material: Let the type of materials and/or tissue let you determine the right type of glove to use.
- Determine for how long you will be wearing your gloves: There are two types of contact, incidental and extended.
o Incidental: Consider disposable, exam-type gloves but check them for any punctures. Disposable means to use once and throw away.
o Extended: These depend solely on the type of chemical or material you will be handling. Some of these protection gloves can be reusable; however it is important to keep regular checkups on them.
- After you have used your disposable protection gloves or your reusable gloves have come to their expiration, dispose of them according to health protocols.
Some of the gloves mentioned on the study made by the UC Berkeley are specifically made for handling hazardous chemicals and are not intended for this article’s purposes of protection gloves often used by doctors and medical staff which is why they will not be included.
- Latex (natural rubber): often used in surgery procedures for their high sensitivity during contact. They are advantageous for handling biological and water-based materials.
- Nitrile: A good alternative for those allergic to latex. Great for general use. Often seen in examinations.
- Vinyl: The have good resistance to certain chemicals and have good isolation features.
Regardless of the usage you will give your protection gloves it is important to understand health protocols and standards given by the authorities, especially lately with all the world commotion in regards to the Ebola spread. A good and thorough hand wash plus immediate contact with the medical authorities is only part of the recommendations provided. Be careful and take all protective measures.