Safety Moment February 2020

Always use appropriate PPE!

When improperly used, gloves can contaminate objects and surfaces and create exposure to chemical hazards. If you or others experience an acute health effect as a result of chemical contamination, it can be difficult to determine which chemical was the source of the exposure. Reduce the likelihood of chemical contamination by:

  1. Changing gloves when contaminated. Never touch door knobs or handles with gloves!
  2. Discarding gloves immediately after use. Never reuse disposable nitrile gloves!
  3. Removing gloves prior to handling personal items, such as cell phones and laptops.
  4. Removing gloves and washing hands before leaving the lab.
  5. Establishing glove-only and no-glove items such as: mice, keyboards, instruments, pens.