Surgical or Examination Gloves Standards Regulations
"Gloves. Gloves shall be worn when it can be reasonably anticipated
that the employee may have hand contact with blood, other potentially
infectious materials, mucous membranes, and non-intact skin; when
performing vascular access procedures except as specified in paragraph
(d)(3)(ix)(D); and when handling or touching contaminated items or
"...it is the individual's hands which have the highest
probability of coming in contact with blood or OPIM...Utilization of
gloves has become the most widely used barrier precaution against
transmission of infection, not only from employee-to-patient but also from
patient-to-employee." OpCit Summary p.69
Disposable (single use) gloves such as surgical or examination gloves,
shall be replaced as soon as practical when contaminated or as soon as
feasible if they are torn, punctured, or when their ability to function as
a barrier is compromised."
Degree of protection, Type of material:
"There are no documented differences related to type of material." Summary
"The Agency concludes that both vinyl and latex are appropriate materials
for glove use." p.73
...food handling gloves ('baggie' gloves)...are not strong enough...nor
would they fit...would not be considered appropriate." p.73
Disposable (single use) gloves shall not be washed or decontaminated for
Recent 2018 Standard: Powdered Gloves are no longer to be used.
Nitrile Gloves are chosen by those who have Latex Allergy.
Nitrile is not as protective when punctured.