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Glove Awareness Week

30 April – 4 May

To coincide with World Hand Hygiene Day on 5 May, we’re hosting Glove Awareness Week from 30 April to raise awareness of skin health and appropriate glove use by nursing staff. 

We are running Glove Awareness Week to highlight when gloves should and shouldn't be worn and how to look after your skin to prevent infection. 

Approximately one in five nurses develop hand dermatitis – a painful, debilitating condition which may require nursing staff to be moved out of clinical areas due to the risk of infection from damaged skin. 

Hand dermatitis can be caused by frequent exposure to water, cleaning agents and inappropriate glove use.


Are you glove aware?

Over or under use of gloves can put you and your patients at risk of infection. 

Types of glove fall into two main categories – examination and protective. It’s therefore crucial to carry out a risk assessment to decide whether, and which type of gloves to wear. 

Download our leaflet and poster to raise awareness in your work place.

Get involved


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Hand In Glove

RCN HQ, London

On Thursday 26 April we’re hosting a masterclass focussing on the importance of skin health and appropriate glove use. Attendance is free and will count towards your CPD for revalidation.

Book now
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#RCNchat: Are you glove aware?

On Tuesday 1 May at 7.30pm will be hosting a one hour Twitter chat to discuss the importance of appropriate glove use and skin health.


Free resources

Download our poster, leaflet and selfie board to help promote appropriate glove use and skin health in your workplace.

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Download selfie board

Create a frame for your photographs by cutting out the white area of the selfie board. Use the photos to promote GAW locally or send them to us on social media to share.