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October 05, 2020

Gloves are a type of PPE, or personal protective equipment, that can be used to protect you from blood borne pathogens and other environmental dangers.  Gloves that are used for personal protective equipment, or PPE, should be handled with care and disposed of with even more care to minimize potential dangers to others.  Gloves should be removed in a specific manner so that any contaminants stay inside the glove and away from physical contact from others.

When removing your disposable gloves, start at the wrist and pull down towards the fingers.  The glove will be removed “inside-out”, which keeps any harmful bacteria or viruses away from skin contact and prevents others from tampering with any dangerous viruses or bacteria.  It is important not to touch the glove again after it is disposed of and make sure it is in a sealed garbage bag so that children or pets could not come into contact with it.  Extra precautions will need to be taken so that you do not accidentally touch your bare skin with the glove you just removed.  Washing your hands is highly recommended after removal of disposable gloves so that you can wash off any residual chemicals or bacteria that may have transferred to your skin. 

Gloves are one of the easiest personal protective equipment items to obtain because you can purchase them anywhere without having to go to a specialty medical supply store.  They are fairly inexpensive and are easy to use.  Gloves also serve as a visually reminder to wash your hands frequently and not engage in environmentally dangerous behaviors and to take personal responsibility in reducing the transmittal of harmful bacteria and illnesses.  If you are interested in learning more about taking off disposable with contamination, there are online videos to view as well as local medical supply stores that can give you a personal demonstration in using gloves for personal protective equipment. Learning how to remove disposable gloves without contaminating yourself can help keep you safe as well as maintain safety for others that you come into contact with.

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