Disposable Gloves and the Food Processing Industry

Posted by Melanie Predolich on

The food processing industry has a huge range of needs for disposable gloves and safety measures. In general, there are two basic categories of safety needs in the food processing industry: low care and high care. Low care areas typically necessitate a lower level of hygiene and cleanliness while a high care area requires very stringent de-contamination methods in order to maintain cleanliness.
When workers go between a low and high care area, they may have to change some of what they’re wearing in order to avoid cross contamination. This may include changing to a new pair of disposable gloves.
Depending on what specific type of food processing application you are dealing with, you may need to use different types of disposable gloves for certain tasks, depending on the risk. In this day and age there are hundreds of different types of disposable gloves ranging in material, thickness, internal and external treatments, elasticity, coatings, and textures. You can be confident knowing that there will be a disposable glove on the market to meet your needs.
Some other important things to keep in mind when choosing a disposable glove for use in the food industry is that just because a glove is labeled “medical grade” does not automatically mean that it is safe to use when handling food. With that, you should look to the FDA, who realizes that there are different needs for disposable gloves in the food industry. This is why they have come up with two main categories of gloves: single use and multi use. This helps you to know the strength, durability, and puncture resistant of a glove. If a glove is categorized as a single use gloves, this means it is not very durable or puncture resistant, and should only be used for one task, and then be changed to a fresh pair. Multi use gloves on the other hand are built to be more durable and are typically thicker, giving them greater puncture and cut resistance, which means they can be used for multiple tasks before needing to be changed.
Once you know specifically what type of task and environment you’ll be working in, you’ll have a better idea of what you need in a glove. It is always important to research what level of cut, puncture, and abrasion resistance a particular pair of disposable gloves has, so you can be sure you’ll be

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