Glove Awareness Week: Make one change

3-7 May 2021

Appropriate glove use and hand hygiene is as important as ever. During Glove Awareness Week 2021, we asked our members to reduce glove use safely using our approach to 'make one change'.

Hand hygiene is a vital part of infection prevention with any practice. We know it is also an effective way to help reduce the spread of coronavirus and other infections, protecting yourself and your patients.

It's also important to be aware of appropriate glove use in the workplace, aiming to reduce unnecessary usage and impact on your patients/clients. 

Changes you can make 

1. Avoid using gloves at your computer

2. Avoid giving a vaccination with gloves on

3. Avoid wearing gloves when taking a drink

Digital resources

Look through our 2021 Glove Awareness Week resources, and see what changes you can make in your workplace.

Read our guidance

Read our Tools of the trade guidance for health care staff on glove use and prevention of work-related contact dermatitis.

Skin health

Glove Awareness Week 2021 also coincided with World Hand Hygiene Day, on the 5 May.

We know that frequent hand washing can lead to and exacerbate dry skin issues including contact dermatitis - a painful, debilitating condition which may require nursing staff to be moved out of clinical areas due to the risk of infection. 

Read our guidance on skin health, including our toolkit.