What are the standards and regulations for needlestick and puncture resistant gloves?
There are no specific ANSI regulations for needlestick and puncture resistant gloves, but there are standards for the materials used in these gloves, such as ASTM F2878 for hypodermic needle puncture resistance. In addition, some industries, such as healthcare, may have their own regulations or standards for PPE including gloves.
How do I know if a glove is needlestick or puncture resistant?
Gloves that are designed to be needlestick or puncture resistant will typically have a rating or certification on the label or packaging. Look for gloves that are certified to meet the appropriate standards for the materials used in the gloves.
Are all gloves that provide cut resistance also needlestick and puncture resistant?
Not necessarily. While some gloves may provide protection against both cuts and punctures, not all cut resistant gloves are designed to provide adequate protection against needles or other sharp objects. Be sure to look for gloves that are specifically designed to provide needlestick and puncture resistance if those hazards are present in your workplace.
Can I use needlestick and puncture resistant gloves for any type of job that requires hand protection?
While needlestick and puncture resistant gloves provide excellent protection against those specific hazards, they may not be the best choice for all types of jobs that require hand protection. Be sure to consider other hazards that may be present, such as chemical exposure or impact, and select gloves that provide adequate protection against all hazards present.
Are there any additional precautions I should take when using needlestick and puncture resistant gloves?
Yes, it's important to remember that even the most puncture resistant gloves may not be 100% effective at preventing needlesticks or punctures. Always follow proper handling procedures and dispose of sharp objects in designated sharps containers. In addition, regularly inspect gloves for signs of wear or damage, and replace them if necessary.