Disposable gloves

The Hidden Costs of Not Using Disposable Gloves

by Patrick Novak on April 13, 2023

Disposable gloves are essential to many jobs, from healthcare to food service. They provide a barrier between workers' hands and potentially harmful substances, such as bodily fluids, chemicals, and sharp objects. Not using disposable gloves can have a number of negative impacts, both on workers' health and the environment.

Health risks

The most obvious risk of not using disposable gloves is the potential for exposure to harmful substances. This can include:

  • Bodily fluids: Blood, saliva, and other bodily fluids can contain a variety of pathogens, including bacteria, viruses, and parasites. Exposure to these pathogens can lead to a number of infections, including HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C.
  • Chemicals: Many workplaces use a variety of chemicals, some of which can be harmful if they come into contact with the skin. These chemicals can cause skin irritation, burns, and even cancer.
  • Sharp objects: Sharp objects, such as needles and scalpels, can cause cuts and puncture wounds. These wounds can become infected if they are not properly cleaned and bandaged.


How to use disposable gloves safely

To use disposable gloves safely, follow these tips:

  • Choose the right type of glove for the job. There are different types of gloves available for different purposes. Make sure to choose the type of glove that will provide the best protection for the task at hand.
  • Put on gloves before you come into contact with any potentially harmful substances.
  • Change gloves frequently. Gloves can become contaminated with harmful substances over time. Change gloves every time you come into contact with a new substance, and especially after using the restroom.
  • Remove the gloves carefully. When you remove the gloves, be careful not to touch the outside of the gloves with your bare hands. Dispose of the gloves in a closed container to prevent the spread of contamination.

By following these tips, you can help to protect yourself and the environment from the negative impacts of not using disposable gloves

In addition to the above, here are some other things to consider when using disposable gloves:

  • Be aware of your allergies. If you are allergic to latex, nitrile, or vinyl, make sure to choose a type of glove that is hypoallergenic.
  • Check the expiration date. Disposable gloves have an expiration date. Make sure to use gloves before they expire.
  • Store gloves properly. Disposable gloves should be stored in a cool, dry place. Do not store gloves in direct sunlight or near heat sources.
  • Dispose of gloves properly. Disposable gloves should be disposed of in a closed container. Do not flush gloves down the toilet or put them in the trash.