Now that a hurricane and a tropical storm have completed their runs up the East Coast, the clean up begins. But it’s not as simple as rolling up your sleeves and grabbing a push broom to move out the muck. Flood waters are usually contaminated and present real health and safety concerns. It is imperative that rescue workers, emergency personnel and clean-up crews give careful attention to hand hygiene and wear protective gloves.
Almost everyone in the glove industry heard the news back in April. Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group, petitioned the FDA to take drastic steps to protect individuals with latex allergies. They called for a complete ban on all cornstarch powdered medical gloves, as well as a ban on all natural latex rubber medical gloves.