Disposable gloves offer convenience to user’s as they offer a simple use and throw away design. However, if not used, properly removed, or changed, they can cause serious harm. For instance, touching raw meat and then moving to prepare a fresh salad can cause serious food contamination and potential illness to customers. In medical settings, bacteria and illness are also huge concerns meaning that using, removing, and replacing gloves appropriately is vital to keeping environments clean and sanitary.
So how do you go about removing gloves appropriately? They key is making sure you don’t touch the outside of the glove to prevent bacteria or contaminants from touching your skin or other objects. To ensure the right process is followed simply follow the steps below.
The general term for removing gloves appropriately is ‘doffing’.
Glove #1: To start, grasp the glove a little down from the top and start pulling it down towards the wrist. Continue the motion and peel the glove downwards, being careful to turn it away from your skin and turning it inside out. Once the glove is safely removed, be sure to hold it in your other gloved hand.
Glove #2: To remove the next glove, use your bare hand to slide your fingers under the glove to the wrist area. To completely remove the glove, simply use the same process as the first glove by peeling it away from your skin and turning it inside out and peeling it over the first glove you have in your hand. Now, simply dispose of the gloves appropriately.
By having the gloves folded over each other, this helps ensure that your bare hand does not come in contact with either and prevents contamination.
Foodservice and Medical Grade Styles
Poly Foodguard, Polycast, or Revolution gloves are ideal for use in restaurants or delis for food prep, and latex Tuff Skin and Apollo can be used in food production areas. Nitrile Rhino gloves are another wonderful option for food prep and are FDA approved.
Vinyl Med-Edge, Sensi-Flex, and Chameleon gloves are medical/exam grade gloves and are ideal for use by doctors during medical examinations. Latex Ninja, Ultra Flex, and Response ER gloves can also be used by medical staff during procedures in the ER.
Nitrile Grape Grip gloves have been approved for use for chemotherapy, and Black Widow, Med-Edge, Protector XR, and NitraFlex gloves can be used by doctors during medical examinations.
With so many foodservice and medical/exam grade options available, learning how to properly remove them is essential to making sure they do their job of protecting bare hands, surfaces, and new gloves from contamination.