A Minute for Safety: Hand Washing and Glove Safety

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Hand washing is considered a routine practice of hygiene, but many workers don’t realize how important it can be in the prevention of disease. Proper skin care and hand protection help to keep workers healthier, productive and on the job.

The best defense against the spread of illness or skin ailments is to prevent them by washing them often, using barrier creams (and hand sanitizers), and wearing gloves to protect from skin contact with harmful agents and irritants. If gloves are worn, clean or replace them frequently to make sure they don’t collect or absorb irritants. Be sure the gloves you choose are the proper type and material to protect against the specific chemical or situation you’ll encounter.