Gloves can become contaminated just as easily as hands. Meaning just because a worker is wearing gloves, their hands aren’t necessarily clean or safe to be working. Workers must wash their hands before putting on gloves otherwise the gloves may become contaminated with pathogens.
Employees should wash their hands before putting on a glove and in between each glove change. Typically, gloves must be changed when switching tasks, if they become damaged, if they become contaminated, and at minimum once every four hours. Glove contamination can occur if a worker touches exposed skin or when switching tasks such as discarding garbage.
The most important thing to remember is that gloves are a great tool, but must be accompanied by frequent and effective handwashing.
PathSpot most frequently detects contamination in the early morning and during shift changes— it’s important to ensure team members wash their hands at the start of each shift!
Contamination is regularly detected at a higher rate during the initial period after PathSpot has been installed. Providing real-time feedback on handwashing quality empowers team members with the knowledge to reduce contamination rates in the future.
Another major factor in handwashing effectiveness is manager turnover. When team leaders change, handwashing rates change dramatically.
A full 20 seconds of handwashing time is required to properly clean your hands.