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Poll: Which is Safest Gloves or Handwashing (145 member(s) have cast votes)

Gloves or Handwashing

  1. Gloves (20 votes [13.79%])

    Percentage of vote: 13.79%

  2. Handwashing (117 votes [80.69%])

    Percentage of vote: 80.69%

  3. Unsure (8 votes [5.52%])

    Percentage of vote: 5.52%

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#76 Dr Vu

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Posted 10 November 2016 - 07:45 PM

To quote one  food guru...


' wear gloves  only when doing non-food related activities like using the toilet.. for everything else, wash'

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Posted 05 December 2016 - 12:00 PM

To quote one  food guru...


' wear gloves  only when doing non-food related activities like using the toilet.. for everything else, wash'


Hi Dr Vu,


Alternatively - One Man's guru is another .......


Maybe the summary of 76 Posts, even if the Poll thinks otherwise ;) .

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Posted 05 December 2016 - 12:37 PM

To quote one  food guru...


' wear gloves  only when doing non-food related activities like using the toilet.. for everything else, wash'

interesting application but looking good  :rock:

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Posted 05 December 2016 - 02:36 PM

I would always vote handwashing...if the infrastructure is there to support good behaviors. There are a lot of examples in this thread of excellent handwashing infrastructure, which can be harder to have in a legacy building.


We've got a lot of employees working on catwalks etc. that are product contact, but the nearest handwashing station is down some stairs and another 15 yards because that's where the sewage line is. In situations like these the ability to change gloves (and sanitize them) is the only way to get effective compliance without having to figure out how to install a drop sink from the ceiling and hold a tank of grey water that needs to be emptied every shift, creating still another potential harborage/contamination point.


There's a long-term plan to get the needed facilities and utilities in there, but for now, gloves are the best tool for these areas.

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Posted 22 October 2017 - 08:15 PM

Where direct contact food packaging is handled the BRC Global Standard - Food Packaging does not require gloves to be worn. However, in the best practice guidelines it does say that if gloves are worn they should be replaced regularly, should be disposable, blue in colour, and be intact and not shed fibres.

So really we are talking about disposable blue latex gloves or similar.

What I wanted to know is which method is the safest Gloves or Handwashing? Pros and cons of each.

Comments please.




It is my opinion that both are vital when handling food contact surfaces, or packaging materials.  I like the policy that employees wear gloves when handling food contact surfaces and replace them anytime they pick something up off of the floor, handle a hose, or anything else that might contaminate the surface of the glove.

Hand washing is vital also, anytime a person picks something up off of the floor, replace gloves, but in between taking the old ones off and replacing them, wash your hands. 

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Posted 24 October 2017 - 10:41 AM

In my experience nothing replaces effective hand washing. The issue with gloves is two fold. Firstly, they represent a foreign body risk and secondly people seem to think they don't need to wash their hands if they are wearing gloves. There seems to be a common theme where individuals think they are protecting themselves from the food rather than vice versa

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