Gloves will only be provided to employees who require them to perform certain job functions; such as handling mail, custodial work, certain trades, and groundskeeping. For most employees, gloves are not recommended for general protective use for the following reasons:
- Gloves provide no protection, and touching your face with contaminated hands, whether gloved or not, poses a significant risk of infection.
- Gloves often create a false sense of security for the individuals wearing them; people are more likely to touch contaminated surfaces because they feel they are protected from the virus when they are not.
- When wearing gloves, people are less inclined to wash their hands; this is counterproductive and puts others at higher risk. Handwashing is the number-one defense against any virus.
In addition, proper removal of gloves takes training. If contaminated gloves are not removed properly, employees are exposed to greater risk.