The FDA and ASTM international play a role in the manufacture of medical face masks. The FDA recognizes ASTM F2100 as the standard specification for the performance of materials used in a surgical face mask, where specific criteria must be met in five categories. The masks can be labelled as surgical, laser, isolation, dental or medical procedural masks.
Frequent Glove Users: What are barrier creams? Why moisturize?
The COVID-19 situation in which we currently live leads us to revisit, change and / or improve certain habits in our everyday life. Whether at work, at home or in the few outings necessary for restocking, hand care has become a priority for all of us and more specifically for front line, healthcare, dental or any workers who must wear gloves. Keeping the skin of your hands intact and healthy is key to infection control. Frequent handwashing is a primary cause of irritant as soaps and detergents have been described as the most damaging of all substances applied to the skin.
The quality of a glove is extremely important as it provides a first line of defense against harmful microorganisms. While a high-quality glove is available in the market, sometimes those of less quality are purchased and worn unknowingly. Check out our article on how to choose the right glove for the proper protection
Ces EPI usagés qui pourraient être contaminés par le virus s’accumulent et constituent un risque non seulement pour l’environnement, mais aussi pour les personnes qui pourraient être en contact avec ces derniers.
Dans le cadre de l'équipement de protection, de nombreux travailleurs doivent porter des gants dans différents secteurs de travail pour se protéger les mains. L'équipement de protection individuelle (EPI) est nécessaire pour accomplir leur travail et assurer leur sécurité.
As part of protective equipment, many workers must wear gloves in different work areas to protect their hands. Personal protective equipment (PPE) is necessary to perform their job and ensure their safety.
Many people do not give a lot of importance to the choice of gloves and wear what is provided to them. Making the right choice of gloves provides optimal comfort, improved tactile sensitivity and prevents hand fatigue. Conversely, making the wrong choice of gloves could lead to poor performance, increased hand fatigue and an increased risk of developing musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs)
Intact skin is the body’s primary defense against bacteria. Therefore, careful attention must be at hand! Hand dermatitis, cracks, cuts and abrasions can all trap bacteria and compromise hand hygiene. Safe and effective practices are key to providing frequent glove users with a way to protect hands. Hand eczema has the potential to lead to decreased work productivity, increased sick leave and increased health care costs. A common barrier to proper hand hygiene and asepsis is actually due to the negative effects of products and frequent handwashing which causes a breakdown of the epithelium.
A virus causes several different diseases in humans, animals and plants. A human virus is smaller than bacteria and comes in many shapes—but their general structure consists of a nucleic acid core (DNA/RNA) that is surrounded by a protein coat called a capsid. An outer structure of lipids, proteins and polysaccharides—called the envelope—can also be present. A virus is not free-living. They do not have the metabolic ability to synthesize new protein coats/nucleic acids, so they must use the metabolic machinery of living cells to replicate and multiply—unlike bacteria.
Gloves protect from direct contact of a microorganism and indirectly from a contaminated surface. Healthcare workers (HCWs) should wear disposable gloves during all patient care activities where there is a potential to be exposed to different hazards—such as contact with saliva, blood and mucous membranes. They should also be wearing gloves when handling items or surfaces contaminated as well as infectious materials and/or sharps. Healthcare workers should be provided with appropriate gloves to meet the needs for their protection.
For keeping your hands safe & healthy - not all gloves are created equally. Your choice of protection products depends on the type of jobs you have to do with them. Health care workers need to choose gloves that are approved for use in their field and labelled as medical (examination) grade. Industrial workers have requirements for choices of gloves that offer them protection and keep themselves safe as well, but these are not typically labelled.
Hands are one of the most important body parts containing microorganisms and spreading diseases. There are two types of microbial flora on the hands.
Resident skin flora—consisting of microorganisms that colonize the skin and become permanent residents. They can never really be removed completely, even with a surgical scrub—but can be reduced.
With the most recent developments surrounding the world regarding the Pandemic of COVID-19 the correct use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) rationally and helping to save lives is an important topic right now.
With the COVID-19 infected number rising everyday the demands for proper and sufficient PPE especially for all frontline workers and other essential workers are impacted right now! The necessity to use PPE everyday while helping to save lives and keep themselves safe and healthy while doing their very important jobs is definitely on our minds.