If you’re responsible for procuring personal protective equipment (PPE) for your workplace, you know the importance of purchasing the best quality products. Unfortunately, the pandemic has made your job much harder. The PPE shortage has opened the door for poor quality and disreputable suppliers to the industry that have put inferior—and even dangerous—PPE products on the market.
On June 21, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published its first COVID-19 Healthcare Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) to address the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace. This mandatory standard applies only to the healthcare sector, but OSHA also released non-mandatory guidance for other industries.
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As the pandemic continues into 2021, it's crucial for healthcare professionals to follow the best protocols for keeping themselves and their loved ones safe. A great deal of information regarding personal protection equipment (PPE) has spread rapidly in the last year, and it’s important to filter out incorrect information, especially when it comes to wearing protective gloves.
2020 was an overwhelming year for all healthcare workers, although the prospects of a widespread vaccination are welcome news for the healthcare community. The global pandemic resulting from the spread of COVID-19 put a strain on the entire healthcare industry and called into light the importance of infection prevention.
How to put on gloves is one thing, but using them is quite another. While technical dossiers and regulated instructions take care of guidelines for donning and doffing gloves in healthcare, you may have found yourself needing to educate your local community about the general aspects of safe glove use. With healthcare institutions closely connected to their local communities, educating the lay visitor and neighbor on infection prevention measures will help keep everyone — including your staff and patients — safer.