Many household cleaners and detergents, other chemicals, oils and solvents can damage the skin and cause illnesses like contact dermatitis, for example. Rubber gloves should therefore be worn when:
- Cleaning or washing up at home or in a commercial kitchen
- Working with or using chemicals in laboratories
- Working with or using chemicals in manufacturing environments
- Using chemicals (peroxide) at work in a hairdressing salon
Types of rubber gloves
Different types of chemicals require different types of rubber gloves. In essence, when working with or using:
- Sulfuric, nitric or hydrochloric acid or peroxide, you should wear peroxide butyl rubber gloves
- Water solutions, alkalis, acids, ketones or salts, you should wear natural rubber or latex gloves
- Alcohols, gasoline, hydraulic fluids or organic acids, you should wear neoprene gloves
- Chlorinated solvents, you should wear nitrile rubber gloves
Hospital employees working in laboratories or in close contact with patients and care providers should also be wearing gloves, as they may be exposed to bodily fluids like blood, faecal matter or urine, which may contain harmful bacteria or blood-transmitted viruses.
Depending on the task at hand, medical gloves may consist of latex, nitrile rubber, vinyl or neoprene.
Gloves at work
Your employer is legally required to protect your health and safety. This means they have a duty to prevent accidents at work, as well as to ensure that you are not exposed to the risk of developing a work-related illness.
Depending on your profession, this may include provision of suitable gloves to prevent you from developing a skin disease at work or being infected with bacteria or viruses. If you develop a work-related condition because your employer did not provide you with gloves, you could be entitled to make a work injury claim.
Whether you were injured at work or developed a work-related disease, if you believe someone else was responsible for your work injury or illness, give us, Accident Advice Helpline, a call.
Discuss your situation with a helpful, sympathetic advisor to confirm your eligibility to claim and get an in-house work injury solicitor assigned to your case under a conditional fee agreement.
You can call us 24/7 on our no-obligation freephone helpline. The number to call if you are using your mobile is 0333 500 0993. If you are making the call from a landline telephone, you should dial, 0800 689 0500. Alternatively, you can also get in touch with us via our website.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice