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Glove Awareness Week

29 April - 3 May 2019

To coincide with World Hand Hygiene on 5 May, we're hosting a week of action to help raise awareness of when gloves should and shouldn't be worn and how to protect the skin on your hands. 

Approximately 1,000 health care workers develop work-related contact dermatitis of the hands – a painful, debilitating condition which may require nursing staff to be moved out of clinical areas due to the risk of infection. 

Work-related contact dermatitis can be caused by frequent exposure to water, cleaning agents and inappropriate glove use.

Over or under use of gloves can put you at risk of work-related contact dermatitis. Inappropriate glove use can also prevent effective hand hygiene and can put your patient at risk of infection.  

Before carrying out a task it's important to carry out a risk assessment to decide whether a glove is required, and if so, which type of glove is needed. 

It's important to remember that gloves are single use items - they must be removed and changed between each patient or care task.


> Plan your activity

Use our handy guide to help you plan activity for your colleagues during Glove Awareness Week.
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> Attend our event

Attend our free event to challenge, celebrate and debate the use of gloves as part of the delivery of health and care in all settings.
Are you glove aware?

> Download our resources

Download our free resources to help your raise awareness of our key messages in your workplace.
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> Read our guidance

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

> Join our Twitter chat

On Tuesday 30 April at 7pm we will be holding a Twitter chat to discuss the appropriate use of gloves and how to prevent your skin from work-related contact dermatitis. 

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