On September 5, 2019, California joined other states including Ohio, Arizona, Connecticut, Hawaii, Oregon, and Rhode Island in banning latex gloves in retail food establishments when Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill No. 677 into law.
The law will go into effect on January 1, 2020.
Like Ohio, who banned latex gloves in food service and retail food establishments this past March, California moved forward with this legislation due to increasing incidents of latex allergies when workers and consumers are exposed to products containing natural rubber latex.
“Life-threatening latex allergy reactions and the development of latex allergies can be prevented by avoiding all latex-related products, which can be found in health care environments, restaurants, childcare facilities, workplaces, schools, communities, and homes,” the act states.
Senate Bill No. 677 states that workers can wear “safe alternatives to latex gloves” including nitrile, vinyl, and polyethylene gloves – the same alternatives outlined by the state of Ohio in their latex glove ban.
So, if you’re a wholesaler, distributor, retail food establishment, or employee who works in California, what are some alternatives to latex gloves you can use starting next year?
Omni International Corp.’s Alternatives to Latex Gloves
We’ve got you covered for any non-latex glove needs in California and other states that have banned latex gloves in food service environments.
Here are some alternative disposable glove options for retail food establishments which will be affected by this new latex ban in California.
OmniShield #232 Series Nitrile Powder Free Multi-Purpose Gloves
Developed with the latest technology in nitrile manufacturing, material and formulation along with the most efficient industry-leading manufacturing processes, these gloves offer a very comfortable fit while maintaining a superior level of tactile sensitivity.
OmniShield AMS #252 Anti-Microbial Multi-Purpose Nitrile Gloves
OmniShield™ AMS Nitrile Multi-Purpose gloves utilize built-in EPA Registered Anti-Microbial agents from Anti-Microbial Solutions (AMS) to protect the glove, making them a big step up from the traditional nitrile glove product.
OmniShield #332 Series Vinyl Powder Free Multi-Purpose Gloves
Our OmniShield #332 Series Vinyl Powder Free Multi-Purpose Gloves, like all Omni vinyl gloves, are California Proposition 65 compliant. They offer economy and quality joined together to bring you the “best value” vinyl glove solution.
OmniShield AMS #352 Series Clear Multi-Purpose Vinyl Gloves
OmniShield™ AMS #352 Series Anti-Microbial Multi-Purpose Vinyl Gloves utilize built-in EPA Registered Anti-Microbial agents to protect the glove. Additionally, they are made from the highest quality polyvinyl chloride and plasticizers available and are California Proposition 65 compliant.
Do you have any questions about the California latex glove ban or which alternatives are best for you? Leave a message in the comments below!