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Glove Awareness Week Activity Guide


This year Glove Awareness Week takes place from Monday 29 April to Friday 3 May. Help us to raise awareness of appropriate glove use and skin health among health care professionals by planning activity in your workplace. Follow this handy guide to get started:

1. Find out if you can reduce glove use in your workplace

Before planning your activity, find out how many gloves are used in your organisation. To do this, contact your line manager and ask them how to access procurement information on how many and what types of gloves are purchased in your workplace.

Things to consider when requesting data:

  • Do you want this data over a period of a year/month/week basis?
  • If working in a hospital setting, do you want the data broken down by ward/department/type of glove
  • You could also take a moment at different times of the day to observe how your colleagues use gloves and when glove usage could be safely avoided.

See our guidance to find out when health care professionals should and shouldn’t wear gloves.

The observational data that you collect, along with your organisation’s procurement data will give you a good insight into how your workplace uses gloves. It will also help you decide what type of activity might be helpful for you and your colleagues locally

2. Find out how often skin checks are being conducted in your workplace

Under health and safety law, your employer should have a programme of skin checks in place for nursing staff exposed to the risk of work-related contact dermatitis. Please refer to our Tools of the trade resource for more information about skin health and skin checks.

To find out how regularly skin checks take place in your workplace, ask your line manager.

3. Plan your Glove Awareness Week activity

Based on the information you collect about glove use and skin checks in your organisation, you may want to hold a programme of activity in your workplace to raise awareness of glove use and skin health, and how this can be improved.

Some of the activities you may wish to organise include:

  • Holding a competition with colleagues to guess the total number of gloves used each day/week/month and how much this costs your organisation.
  • Organising a stall using a desk or table in your workplace using our Glove Awareness Week materials to raise awareness among colleagues. Don’t forget to seek permission from your manager beforehand.
  • Asking your occupational health nurse to run a drop-in session for skin health checks.
  • Use information on how many gloves are used/daily/weekly or monthly and create a display that illustrates this. Some people use boxes of gloves to demonstrate this in staff areas such as restaurants or meetings

4. Make use of our resources

Download our free resources to promote Glove Awareness Week in your workplace. You might also want to share these via your staff intranet or safety hub.

5. Talk to colleagues in other departments/roles

There are a number of people that may be able to help you with activity on glove use locally. If you work in a large organisation this could include the Occupational health team, practice educators, infection prevention and control and procurement teams.

Contact them to see if you could you work together on a small awareness raising project for Glove Awareness Week.

6. Share your activity on social media

We’d love to hear how you’re taking part in Glove Awareness Week. Make sure to tag @theRCN in your posts on Twitter and Instagram and use #GAW19. Look out for our posts on Facebook too.

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