Gloves stop contaminants from coming into contact with the skin, however, they do not prevent occupational skin disorders from developing whilst being worn.
Despite being a great barrier, when gloves are worn for long periods of time this barrier can also be the cause of some serious skin complaints.
In normal conditions, moisture passes through the skin and into the environment, in doing so, it helps to regulate the temperature of the body.
When wearing disposable protective gloves, this moisture is trapped against the skin and can cause it to soften and become wrinkled like when skin is soaked in water for a period of time.
This can weaken the skin and, if this happens regularly, can cause disorders such as dermatitis.
Gloves can also trap bacteria against the skin in a warm, moist environment that is often ideal for their growth.
If there are any small cuts on present on the skin under the gloves, these cuts can quickly become painfully infected and can impact on the person’s ability to work safely.
- Apply protection cream to the skin before putting the gloves on.
- Remove the gloves regularly and allow the skin to dry out.
- Use a suitable hand washing product – if the skin isn’t heavily soiled, do not use a harsh hand wash as this can cause damage to the skin.
- When finishing a shift and after washing the hands, use an after-work moisturising gel to help restore the skin’s natural balance.
- Avoid re-using disposable gloves.
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