Somehow, the word “chemical” has taken on a negative meaning. In fact, many people associate chemicals with hazardous reactions, or think of unnatural substances that cause harm. But this couldn’t be further from the truth – everything we eat, drink, and even the air we breathe are made up of chemicals. While some chemicals used for disinfection have rightfully earned a reputation for being unsafe, other superior technologies, such as Accelerated Hydrogen Peroxide® used in Rejuvenate™ Disinfectants, have been proven to be non-irritating and are not associated with any health hazards when used properly. Similarly, we often think of gloves as something we only need when handling harsh chemicals, but is this true?
To understand how to use your disinfectant safely, the product label and Safety Data Sheet (SDS) are your best friends. In addition to providing valuable information about the safety profile of your product, these resources will also provide instructions for how to use your disinfectant safely– this includes whether any personal protective equipment (PPE) is required to be worn, such as gloves or even eye protection. Many commonly-used disinfectants require the use of gloves when handling the product, to protect your skin from the effects of the solution. Others, including Rejuvenate, are non-irritating to the skin when used as directed, and therefore gloves do not need to be worn from a safety standpoint (except when diluting Rejuvenate Concentrate).
That said, protecting your skin from chemicals is not the only purpose that gloves serve. They are also an important tool in protecting against infection. When you disinfect surfaces, pathogens such as viruses, bacteria or fungi can be transmitted onto your hands, and allow you to unknowingly infect yourself or others around you. Gloves act as a barrier – they shield you from pathogens while you disinfect, and are disposed of, preventing further transmission. As a result, wearing gloves is a best practice to keep you and your clients safe while ensuring that dangerous pathogens are being killed throughout your facility.
However, there is another important benefit that wearing gloves can offer. Even the safest chemicals, when used frequently throughout the day, can cause dryness – for some, this is especially noticeable in the winter months. If you are washing your hands many times, and using disinfectant wipes between each appointment, you may notice that your skin is becoming dry or itchy as a result. This doesn’t necessarily mean your disinfectant is unsafe – even hand soap or other gentle household chemicals may lead to dry skin, particularly in individuals who may be more prone to this. Wearing gloves while you disinfect can go a long way in preventing this effect.
Gloves are not just for harsh chemicals – even when you use a safe disinfectant such as Rejuvenate, wearing gloves is a critical tool to keep pathogens off your hands, protecting you and your clients from infection.