How to Remove Dirty Gloves (Personal Protective Equipment) Without Spreading Germs

posted Mar 28, 2012, 7:28 PM by Todd Fox   [ updated Sep 24, 2016, 7:58 AM ]
Gloves are to be worn in many situations, industries, tasks and so forth. It doesn't matter whether you are a health services employee, teacher, food service worker or work behind a desk. Gloves help protect us from the substances, germs, chemicals and other harmful materials.

However, personal protective equipment only helps protect us if we also REMOVE it properly. If gloves aren't removed properly, you may still be negatively affected by harmful materials. The germs and other substances can seep into your clothes, be flipped onto you or others, contaminate sanitized areas, etc.

Read through the steps and practice with a set of gloves. The Glove Removal Steps will help you further OUTFOX infection to avoid illness and disease!

Also, you are welcome to download the free PDF of the Glove Removal Steps and Guidelines (download is at the bottom of this page).  Feel free to print as many copies and distribute!

Also see the Glo Germ kits for lessons on removing gloves properly. The simulation germs are fluorescent material that will illustrate how germs spread if gloves (and other personal protective equipment) are not removed properly. The Glo Germs come in powder that illuminate under a UV black light. See the following link for more information: Hand Washing Kits with Glo Germ
Step 1:

With both hands gloved, grasp near the cuff of one glove and pull the glove from the wrist towards your fingertips until the glove folds over. Be careful not to touch your skin as you reach near the inside of the glove.


Step 2:

Carefully grab the fold of the glove and pull the glove away from your body until it is pulled off of your fingertips turning the glove inside out. Be careful not to flip any particles from the glove as it is removed.


Step 3:

Place and hold the removed glove in the palm of your gloved hand. Keep it wadded up as much as possible so step 4 and 5 can be done easier.

Step 4:

With your ungloved hand, carefully insert two fingers into the cuff of the gloved hand. Slide your fingers down towards your fingertips until the glove folds over turning the glove inside out while also encasing the other contaminated glove. Be careful to avoid touching the outside of the glove.


Step 5:

Grasp the fold of the glove and fully remove it from your hand. Again, be careful not to flip any particles that may contaminate the area. Many germs are spread when personal protective equipment is removed. Used Glo Germ powder to help teach students or employees if necessary. The fluorescent particles (if flipped) will show germs spread if not careful. Use a black light to illuminate the simulation germs.


Step 6:

Properly dispose of the gloves. Make sure to not contaminate trash areas, especially when handling harmful substances or chemicals.

Step 7:

Thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water to ensure that any contamination from glove removal is eliminated. Glo Germ can also be used in this case to teach good hand washing habits. The fluorescent simulation germs will show where employees and students missed when practicing hand hygiene.

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