Servsafe about gloves



Consider latex alternatives for employees who are sensitive to the material. Focus on safety, durability, and cleanliness. Make sure you purchase gloves specifically formulated for food contact, which include gloves bearing the NSF certification mark.


Gloves must never be used in place of handwashing. Hands must be washed before putting on gloves and when changing to a new pair. Gloves used to handle food are for single use only and should never be washed and re-used. They should be removed by grasping them at the cuff and peeling them off inside out over the fingers while avoiding contact with the palm and fingers. Food handlers should change their gloves as soon as they become soiled or torn. Before beginning a different task. After handling raw meat and before handling cooked or ready-to-eat food. Often food service workers consider gloves more sanitary than bare hands. Because of this false sense of security, they might not change gloves as often as necessary. Managers must reinforce the habit of proper hand sanitation with food handlers. An effective handwashing education and compliance program will establish a habit that will help prevent foodborne illness.


Other Good Personal Hygiene Practices

Personal hygiene can be a sensitive subject for some people, but because personal cleanliness is vital to food safety, as a manager, you must address the subject with every food handler.


Some Servsafe related questions:


What is the problem with long fingernails?
They may be hard to keep clean and can rip gloves. They can also chip and become physical contaminants.


How should certain wounds be covered on your hands?

Cover wounds on the…
Hands or wrist with an impermeable cover or something that liquid can’t pass through then place a single glove over. Arms with an impermeable cover and must be completely covered
other body parts with a dry, durable tight-fitting bandage.


What shouldn’t you do when putting on gloves?

Never blow into the gloves of roll them on to make it easier.


When should you change gloves?
As soon as they become dirty or torn.
Before beginning a different task.
After an interruption such as a phone call.
After handling raw meat.
Before handling ready to eat food.


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