Disposable food service gloves help reduce the spread of germs and other pathogens, but they are not an impenetrable force field!
When using the wrong type of gloves or by using the right gloves incorrectly, there’s basically no point in wearing the glove – you’ve compromised the situation all ready. Lately, there’s been a lot of buzz about gloves spreading pathogens more so in the food industry – this can be true if the person wearing the gloves did not properly use the gloves or the person uses a glove not made for food preparation.
The human hand contains millions of microorganisms, which can easily spread to food if gloves are not used correctly. In life, nothing is guaranteed, but we can significant lower the risk of spreading pathogens, bacteria, fungi, and other microorganisms by following some simple steps when using disposable gloves when preparing or serving food.
Ways to Help Your Disposable Food Service Gloves Work Effectively
Wash your hands before, during, and after handling food.
Put on and take off gloves without letting your skin touch the outside of the gloves.
Any time you want to start a new task put on a new pair of gloves.
Pay attention to tears or punctures in the gloves. Stop working immediately if you see a puncture or hole. Put on a new pair of gloves, and let a superior know about what just occurred.
Wear quality gloves that pass guidelines. You want to wear gloves made with quality raw materials and high manufacturing standards.
Find out what the AQL (Acceptable Quality Level) for the gloves you want. For food service disposable gloves, there is no AQL requirement, but many companies go by medical examination standards.
Wear a glove that fits snug. A glove that is too loose can let germs come out, while a too-tight glove can easily rip.
Wear vinyl gloves for shorter periods of time. They are recommended for short usage compared to other materials because they are more permeable and prone to holes and pathogen transfer.
Wear nitrile gloves as they are the most effective for food safety.
When using disposable gloves, always practice good hygiene and the tips/steps from above. Gloves can’t make up for the fact that you didn’t wash your hands. Gloves can rip. Gloves aren’t magical. When used correctly, a glove enhances the food safety process.
Need to Purchase Food Service Gloves in Jacksonville, Fl?
Antimicrobial Plus Gloves are quality disposable gloves that are safe to use with food. The d2p technology in the gloves is registered with the US Environmental Protection Agency and is FDA compliant for a variety of uses as an antimicrobial additive in materials that come in contact with food and any surface.
The d2p has been scientifically tested and proven to kill a wide range of microorganisms including E. coli, Salmonella, Listeria, Pseudomonas, Candida, Corynebacterium, and more.
These gloves will help prevent the spread of pathogens, but you must use them correctly and wash your hands often throughout your time preparing food, whether your work in a restaurant, school, deli, market, etc.
To learn more about these gloves, to request a complimentary pair, or to contact us, please check out our food service gloves page or call us at 888-400-4937. Antimicrobial Plus Gloves is in Jacksonville, Fl.