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Protective gloves when handling disinfectant working solutions

Disinfectant working solutions are often very diluted so that skin-damaging agents are only contained in a concentration of 0.1%. In contrast to concentrates, this means that there is no labeling requirement under hazardous substances law. Nonetheless, direct contact can pose a risk to the skin. Therefore, suitable protective gloves should be worn when handling working solutions of disinfectants. This is required by both TRGS 401 (Technical Rules for Hazardous Substances) [1] and BGR 250 / TRBA 250 (Biological Agents in Health Care and Welfare Care) [2] and the Employer's Liability Insurance Association for Health and Welfare Care [3].

Criteria when choosing protective gloves

Protective gloves that are worn when handling working solutions must be impermeable to liquids and meet the following requirements:

When using disinfectant working solutions, liquid can run into the glove or get onto the arm. For this reason, protective gloves with an extended shaft for cuffs (e.g. made of nitrile rubber) are recommended. Low-allergen gloves offer additional protection.

Simple examination gloves, such as B. Disposable examination gloves made of vinyl, natural rubber or natural rubber latex have a short break through time and are therefore not suitable for cleaning and disinfection work.

Also pay attention to when working in wet conditions

So that the skin barrier is protected even when the gloves are worn for a long time, the hands should be treated with a protective skin cream before putting on the gloves. According to TRGS 401, this is particularly important for wet work if liquid-tight protective gloves are worn for a “significant part” of the working time (i.e. more than 2 hours per day) [1].

1. TRGS 401 (Technical Rule for Hazardous Substances 401). Risk from skin contact - determination, assessment, measures.
2. BGR 250 / TRBA 250. Biological agents in health care and welfare, edition March 2014, with changes from October 2016.
3. Professional Association for Health Services and Welfare Care (2008) Surface disinfection as routine disinfection Scrubbing / wiping disinfection of large surfaces (> 2 m2). Module 504 for risk assessment for hazardous substances (status 04/08).

Product recommendations for protective gloves for handling disinfectant working solutions can be found here.