Trade is an industry where both sellers and customers have a constant contact with each other and with goods. We can all be carriers of bacteria, viruses and fungi. Our hands are the primary route of transmission for microorganisms, so shop and warehouse staff are required to use disposable gloves, especially in grocery shops, as a sanitary regime must be maintained when handling fresh food. It is recommended to use latex or disposable plastic gloves. However, the same gloves should not be used all the time when working at the counter and touching different devices, such as slicer or scales keyboard. Any contact of the employee’s hand with an object other than meat and sausages requires changing gloves after washing and disinfecting their hands. Gloves should also be changed for different assortments handled.
- Trade in medical supplies
- Other trade
What to pay attention to?
The most important standard that employees and customers in the retail industry should note is ISO 374-5:2016.
It is also advisable to choose gloves made of non-sensitising materials – they will be used every day, so they should feel comfortable on the skin.
When handling food, a special Food Contact Material certificate will be required. All gloves offered by Mercator have this certificate.
Use only disposable gloves and discard them after doffing!
For hygiene reasons, wear disposable gloves for each activity.
Do not disinfect gloves – it is not allowed!
Select appropriate glove material for the specific task; note the barrier properties of the material.
Always disinfect hands before and after donning and doffing the gloves; wash your hands if necessary.
When working with your gloves on, do not touch personal objects (such as a mobile phone), which provide a hotbed for bacteria.
During operations with a high risk of mechanical damage to hands, use gloves made of a thicker material.
If your glove is mechanically damaged during use, be sure to take it off and put on a new pair.
Choose the correct glove size and raw material for your hands.
In the medical industry, the raw material used to make the gloves is particularly important, as many procedures require instruments that can mechanically damage the material. There are several types of raw materials used to manufacture gloves: