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Innovation for PPE
Skin Protection
Required in Response to COVID-19
BY BRIAN MOSELEY

Facility safety managers already faced a complex and ever-changing landscape of potential emergencies and disasters to prepare for before the coronavirus pandemic hit. Today, managers and professionals are re-writing the playbook – if there even was a playbook – to protect workers, facility occupants and even consumers from COVID-19 health risks.

The challenges are multi-faceted for manufacturing, healthcare, food processing, government and other facilities that must determine a way to operate safely, and whose frontline workers deliver essential services and good to the public. A key area of focus is Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) usage for skin protection, and The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has provided guidance on wearing gloves, eye/face protection and other PPE.

With regards to gloves, best practices are being matched with innovation to create, for example, higher performance single-
use, nitrile gloves that protect workers against COVID-19, their coworkers and other skin dangers. For facility safety managers, gaining a better understanding of glove requirements, variations in glove protection and developments in innovation when it comes to the environmental impact of disposable gloves can enhance worker safety.

In 2016, the International Organization for Standardization revamped its international testing standards for protective gloves against dangerous chemicals and microorganisms, including viruses, bacteria and funguses.

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AIHA Announces Virtual Ceremony Recognizing Honorees of 2020 AIHA Named Awards

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