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Single-Use Gloves: Problems and Solutions

By Tom Draskovics, SW Safety Solutions Inc. |

When wearing single-use protective gloves, sweat can create health and safety issues. Presented here is a look at the causes of the problems and possible solutions A great many situations across the chemical process industries (CPI) require quality hand protection, both for worker safety and to prevent product damage or contamination. Examples include working with hygienic processes in the pharmaceutical industry, conducting laboratory research, taking and processing test samples, blending and compounding materials, working with paint materials and others. But regardless of the activity, the natural reaction of human hands to the tight, hot environment inside gloves is sweating. This natural skin response can make wearing gloves uncomfortable and lead to safety risks, as well as lead to skin problems that make the issue worse. Gloves are a necessary precaution, but without taking steps to reduce sweat buildup, gloves quickly become a source of discomfort and health issues (Figure 1). This article presents information about how problems related to sweat in single-use gloves are caused and offers some ideas on how to avoid them.   Figure 1. Single-use gloves protect hands, but also create an occlusive environment that can negatively…
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