The Art of Donning and Doffing for Safety and Hygiene

donning and doffing gloves

Donning and doffing personal protective wear is a step-by-step process designed to reduce contamination of infectious material. Gloves are vital as a personal protective item as they protect the wearer from touching infectious materials and passing them on. For example, healthcare workers need this barrier to protect themselves from patients’ blood, skin, and contaminated surfaces. If gloves are not put on properly, they may not provide adequate protection. Therefore, wearers need to follow the correct steps when putting on gloves.


  1. Clean hands using alcohol-based hand sanitiser for 20 seconds
  2. Pull the glove cuff towards the wrist to cover as much skin as possible
  3. Check there are no holes or tears
  4. Repeat for your other hand


  1. Using a gloved hand, grasp the palm area of the other glove and peel off the first glove.
  2. Hold the removed glove in a gloved hand.
  3. Slide fingers of ungloved hand under remaining glove at wrist and peel off second glove over first glove.

Latex Gloves

For years, latex has reigned supreme in the realm of medical disposable gloves, earning its status as the star player. Its popularity surged in the 1980s and 1990s, lauded for its unparalleled protection against bloodborne pathogens such as HIV. However, as its fame grew, so did instances of allergic reactions. This spurred a surge in demand for latex-free alternatives like nitrile and vinyl. Yet, for those unafflicted by allergies, latex gloves remain the epitome of comfort, cost-effectiveness, and tactile sensitivity.

Boasting exceptional flexibility, protection, and comfort, disposable latex gloves are a staple in many medical settings, granted latex allergies are not a concern.

vinyl Gloves

Vinyl gloves, which are made from PVC (polyvinyl chloride), are usually the most cost-effective latex-free gloves. They are the less expensive choice but still provide adequate protection in situations where high levels of durability and protection are less of a priority. Vinyl gloves are popular in the food industry, where hazardous substances are uncommon and glove turnover is higher.

Gloves made from vinyl are manufactured in a way to enable stretch and versatility whilst they are also able to hold up against punctures, stretch and general wear and tear. They can be used for healthcare tasks, keeping hands safe from contamination. They are also free from chemical accelerators, making them suitable for use by those with either Type I or Type IV sensitivity to Latex.

Nitrile Gloves

Nitrile gloves surged in popularity during the 1990s, emerging as a premier alternative to latex. Renowned for their exceptional durability and resistance to various chemicals, they stand out as a reliable choice for individuals dealing with potentially hazardous or corrosive substances, as well as infectious materials. Moreover, their resilience makes them an optimal selection for medical settings, offering superior puncture resistance and negating the risk of latex allergies. Notably, in the event of a puncture, they promptly signal the wearer, indicating a breach in protection.