Gloves in the Hallways-Environmental Health & Safety - Carnegie Mellon University

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Gloves in the Hallways

Gloves In The Hallway

There seems to have been an upswing in situations where lab workers re wearing their protective gloves outside of the laboratory.  This is a practice we do not want to see, both for real and for perceived problems.

WHY?  Obviously, it is to prevent contamination of materials (biological, chemical or other) from being transferred to places outside the lab (restrooms, elevators, areas where food is kept or consumed)  Additionally, even if not contaminated, there is the perception by the public that contamination is possible.  Also, there are certainly cases where you may not think there is contamination on your gloves, but there is.

If you need to transfer materials from lab to lab, always use secondary containment.  If you absolutely need a glove, wear just one and use the free hand to manipulate door knobs and elevator buttons!

By: Mark Banister,, 412-268-1493