Every tool is made for a purpose and works at its best when used as intended. The same holds true for disposable gloves. They are not all created equal, so it’s important to choose the right glove to use under the right circumstances. Using the wrong glove could be a safety hazard, interrupt workflow and waste money, time and resources.
The ongoing role that Dental Hygienists play in the dentistry industry presents an opportunity to highlight the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) concerning infection prevention in general, and personal protective equipment (PPE) for dental healthcare providers.
For people trying to do all they can to protect themselves from the COVID-19 virus, along with other infectious agents, there may be some confusion about when or if they should wear disposable gloves in non-medical settings. At the start of the pandemic some people thought that wearing disposable gloves in public could provide additional protection and help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
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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