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Should the gloves used for staff protection during instrument processing be made of nitrile?
The key features to look for in utility gloves -- the gloves worn when processing instruments -- are "heavy-duty"(1) and "puncture resistant" to provide more protection to the hands than thinner, patient-care gloves can afford. Nitrile, latex, and other materials such as butyl rubber may be used to manufacture heavy-duty or puncture resistant gloves. Nitrile examination or treatment gloves, however, do not meet this requirement.
(1) OSHA. 29CFR 1910.1030. Bloodborne Pathogens, Final Rule. Available at http://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=STANDARDS&p_id=10051