Quick Tips from Linda: Selecting the Right Gloves for Your Staff

The right choice of gloves can have a positive impact on both employee satisfaction, and product and process yields

By Lab Manager

Quick Tips from Linda the Lab Manager

Did you know:

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 30 percent of people who have experienced a hand injury were wearing the wrong kind of glove. Additionally, the average time off from work as a result of a hand injury is six days.

Gloves are a critical component of laboratory safety. The right choice of gloves can have a positive impact on both employee satisfaction, and product and process yields. A few key characteristics to look for when selecting a glove include:

  • Comfort: Do the gloves offer tactile sensitivity and good grip? Glove material can have a dramatic impact on comfort.
  • Quality: Are the gloves strong enough to withstand the work conditions in your lab or cleanroom? Be sure that the gloves you pick are designed to protect against contamination from workers and protect workers from environmental hazards such as chemicals, acids, or biologics.
  • Fit: Gloves that are too small are more likely to rip, exposing researchers to contamination. If a glove is too large, it can inhibit dexterity and also leave the wearer vulnerable to health risks.
  • Disposal: With an increasing commitment from labs and research facilities to boost sustainability, glove recycling can help you reduce your environmental footprint and enable you to reach or exceed your goals.

For more information, visit: labmanager.com/glove-safety  

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Published: September 12, 2019

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