FAQ - General Glove Use

Can you use hand lotion under latex gloves?

It is recommended to use hand lotion in between or after glove use only. Use a hand cream or lotion that is water-based and not petroleum or oil-based. Petroleum or oil-based lotions may deteriorate the barrier properties of the gloves.

Why do some gloves produce brown stains when you put them on?

This is usually caused by the chemical reaction between your skin and the gloves. Before putting on gloves, your hands might come in contact with copper, iron or metal material, such as coins, or you may have heavy acidic perspiration in your hands. This can usually cause brown stains when wearing gloves. These brown stains do not affect the barrier properties of gloves.

Do Omni gloves comply with the USDA requirements for safe use in food handling?

Omni gloves are safe to be used in all types of food preparation or handling procedures. The USDA does not establish any official regulatory requirement for approval of gloves, but follows the guidelines of the FDA's specifications. Omni exam gloves, which are made in compliance with the FDA and are therefore safe for preparing, washing and processing meat, poultry, seafood, vegetables, desserts, beverages, etc in all USDA inspected establishments.

OmniShield™ #361 and #362 Vinyl Powdered and Powder Free Gloves have received the certification as safe for food use, from NSF International, The Public Health and Safety Company™, a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization that is a world leader in standards development, product certification, education, and risk-management for public health and safety. (refer to NSF Protocol P155)

While the FDA has rejected a ban on latex gloves for use in food service, 4 states have banned latex gloves for this use. They are Arizona, Massachusetts, Oregon and Rhode Island (as of September 2006). The reasons given for the ban by these states consider the transference of latex proteins from the latex glove to the food being prepared and then in turn to the patron. The State of New York recently passed a bill that any food service establishment that uses latex gloves must provide written notice to consumers as follows: “Latex gloves are used by staff in the preparation and conveyance of food in this establishment. If you are allergic to latex products, please take appropriate precautions.”


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