|Topic: First Aid – Latex & vinyl gloves||Issued by: Director, Compliance and Regulatory Review|
|Statute: First Aid Regulation 2004-130||Date Issued: Date Issued: February 8, 2005|
|Section: Schedule C – Contents of first aid kit||Date Revised:|
One of my first aid providers has a latex allergy. Can we use vinyl gloves or should we equip our first aid kit with nitrile or polyurethane gloves?
Latex gloves are appropriate for procedures and tasks considered moderate to high-risk for exposure to blood and other potentially infectious materials. However, as allergies and sensitivities to latex have become a concern, nitrile or polyurethane gloves are acceptable substitutes, as they are also appropriate for use in moderate to high-risk procedures or tasks.
Vinyl gloves are appropriate only for procedures or tasks that involve a low risk of exposure to blood and other potentially infectious materials, such as removing a foreign object from an eye, stabilizing a broken bone or performing CPR where there is no blood.
Regardless of the glove used, they must be of medical grade quality.
Contents of first aid kit:
6 pairs of disposable gloves (latex or vinyl)