COVID-19 GLOVE RESOURCE CENTER
KNOW THE FACTS. STOP THE SPREAD.
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has forced the world to urgently discuss and evaluate hand hygiene and protection from the highly contagious virus.
1. GLOVES HELP STOP CONTAMINATION
Eagle Protect has over 14 years of experience sourcing disposable gloves and clothing. Social distancing is necessary, but food safety and public health hinges on workers hand hygiene and glove management - correct glove type selection and use, including dispensing, glove change frequency and disposal.
2. PPE SURVIVAL TIPS
This crisis has put immense stress on the country's PPE supply. Here are some survival tips to help maintain operations, without sacrificing food safety, until you're able to source your usual PPE supplies.
Glove Shortage (Food Contact Workers):
Food Contact Workers
- Ready-to-eat food handlers and cooks should wear good quality, preferably nitrile gloves
- It is possible to extend the use of gloves without changing them only if you continue to work in the same department, handle the same food groups and do not touch any surfaces outside the food contact zone
- Nitrile alternatives, such as the Eagle STRETCHPoly glove, could be used for light food processing/handling. This will help limit nitrile glove use and extend the time your nitrile inventory lasts.
Non-Food Contact Workers
- Non-food contact workers could sanitize hands instead of wearing gloves
- Non-food contact workers can (cashier, stockers, cart collection, baggers, loading dock) wash and reuse thicker gloves for a full work day, and sanitize between tasks
- Non-food contact workers could use a non-nitrile glove, such as the Eagle STRETCHPoly, that is durable enough to withstand light tasks such as cleaning.
- Delivery drivers could wear thicker gloves all day and sanitize before and after delivery
NOTE: All gloves must be discarded if tears or holes are visible. The use of alcohol-based
hand sanitizers may degrade vinyl gloves.
3. HAND HYGIENE
Proper hand hygiene, which includes effective handwashing, is crucial to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
- How to Wash Your Hands Properly: A Step by Step Handwashing Guide with hygiene expert Paul Barnhill (Meritech)
- Why hand hygiene is essential for food safety
4. BEST PRACTICES FOR BUSINESSES
These best practices from the FDA and CDC will help prepare and protect your business and workers through these unprecedented times.