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.
The way healthcare and other primary necessity workers use personal protective equipment (PPE) during a patient or customer interaction is crucial. In healthcare and other primary necessity industries such as public safety, sanitary products and food manufacturing, pharmacies, grocery stores, transports and logistics, workers should wear PPE, including the proper use of gloves. Gloves are to be used as a single use item and are not meant or designed to be used for multiple use, prolonged use or daily use. And in order to provide effective protection, gloves have to be worn following a specific safety protocol. The wearing of gloves when going out for day to day activities is not recommended for the general public because it is not effective to protect against COVID-19 for this type of usage.
It's everywhere in your professional life, you could not work without it and yet most of you know very little about it. No, I'm not talking about your morning coffee, I'm talking about nitrile.
Nitrile itself is not a material, it is rather any organic compound where the carbon and nitrogen atoms are connected by triple bonds. There are therefore several kinds of nitriles. The one used for your gloves is butadiene-acrylonitrile but you understand why we prefer to simply refer to it as nitrile on our boxes!
Whether you are from the dental, aesthetic or food industry, infection protection is the basis of your daily work. Before putting on your mask, are you able to properly identify the protection you need? Maybe this little description will help.
All our masks follow the standards prescribed by ASTM, the American Society for Testing and Equipment. Like ISO, ASTM is a standards body that has been writing technical standards for materials since 1898. Born of a need for standardization in the railway industry, ASTM now has more than twelve thousand standards in its catalogue.