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#1 speziafoods


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Posted 22 November 2017 - 01:33 PM

Hello all, I have a question regarding gloves and hand sweat. I work in the maintenance department in a food packaging plant and any time I put on any type of glove - latex, vinyl, mechanics gloves, powdered, powder free - it really doesn't matter the type of glove and I know it will be asked I am not allergic to any of the materials. The sweating begins immediately and after not even a minute the sweat literally pours out of the glove. Not only is it embarrassing it is obviously highly out of compliance. What can I do in this situation? I have seen Glovemates but for almost $30 for only 100 gloves it's way beyond my budget. Any suggestions would be EXTREMELY helpful. Thank you.

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Posted 22 November 2017 - 04:05 PM

Hi Speziafoods,


Have you ever been checked to see if you have Hyperhydrosis (excessive sweating) which can be extremely situation and body region specific.  I am not a doctor nor am I a sufferer, but I have heard of this happening specifically in regards to hands.  I would suggest contacting a medical professional and getting their oppinion if it really is as bad as you claim.   I believe there are surgical and medication based therapies that may help.


Good luck!

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Posted 23 November 2017 - 04:07 AM

Hi - Is it policy to wear the gloves, otherwise don't. (or push to change policy)

If you are performing maintenance tasks within the plant there should be a clean up afterwards, so what do the gloves actually achieve?


Other than that suggest there are other cotton gloves that could be used that come way cheaper.


p.s if $30/100 gloves is way outside your budget you need more money  :yikes:

#4 FurFarmandFork


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Posted 28 November 2017 - 01:07 AM

Not sure, haven't had that problem here with normal nitrile gloves. But one thought is that you could contain the sweat further by using either forearm covers or longer gloves.

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Posted 28 November 2017 - 11:29 AM



yes, this can happen and some employees get real skin damage over time.

a) you should have a skin protection system in place and train the people to apply this correctly after washing and desinfecting hands

b) desinfectant/alcohol will damage the skin -> re-think whether your procedure is right/necessary in all cases -> risk assessment

c) try cotton gloves covered by the one-way gloves - sweat is sucked up by cotton





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Posted 28 November 2017 - 05:40 PM

Not helpful for your particular situation, but also seeking input on these. In a high-heat environment, sweaty hands in gloves are a common occurrence, and they're just a breeding ground for bacteria, especially staff. If you're dealing with RTE, that's especially concerning.

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