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.
Nitrile gloves have come a long way. In the early days, when nitrile gloves were the “new” latex-free option, healthcare professionals did not find them nearly as comfortable as natural rubber latex gloves. And the price for these new medical nitrile gloves was higher than latex. Still, in order to reduce the very real problem of latex sensitization, the healthcare world began to transition to nitrile gloves.