How to Remove Gloves Safely (You Could Be Doing It Wrong)
Gloves are a standard piece of personal protective equipment (PPE) that are used to reduce the risk of spreading infectious diseases. They should always be used when responding to emergencies. But many people choose to use them in their personal lives.
If you aren’t removing your gloves properly, you may be risking contamination without even realizing it. Read on to learn how to safely remove and dispose of gloves.
Removing Gloves 101
Follow these steps to remove your contaminated gloves safely.
Pinch the base of one glove and slowly peel it off. Hold it in the gloved hand.
Slip two fingers inside the other glove and carefully peel it off.
End with the gloves inside out, one inside the other. Dispose of them properly.
A great way to see if you are properly removing your gloves is to practice. Use shaving cream, ketchup or another substance to act as a visual guide. Place a small amount in your hands and then rub your hands together. So that it covers different areas of your gloved hands.
Then, practice carefully removing your gloves. Move slowly to avoid any splatters or transference of the substance onto yourself and surrounding areas.
Glove Removal FAQ
What happens if you touch or rub your eye or scratch your nose with gloved hands?
You may transmit infectious disease from your glove to your body.
What do I do after removing my gloves?
Wash your hands immediately after removing your gloves. Use soap and running water. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds and rinse well. Read about best practices for handwashing.
Where should I dispose of contaminated gloves?
Place contaminated gloves in a biohazard bag or container. If one isn’t available, place them in a leak-proof container or plastic bag and seal it. If you’re at work, be sure to follow your workplace policy for disposal of contaminated materials.