S01E04: Glove Up!

We have a chat about gloves: their uses, problems, and varieties. Also is there such a thing as clean hands? Tune in for an interview with Dr Cordelia Rogerson and Dr Paul Garside from the British Library who tell us about their glove policies.

00:23 Gloves, gloves, gloves – and when people refuse to wear them
03:56 The health and safety aspect
05:46 Lifting the glove rule (ish)
07:21 The White Cotton Glove Problem
15:27 Not wearing gloves
16:15 Cross-contamination worries
22:49 Disposable gloves and recycling
24:31 Colours!
26:09 Chemical resistance in nitrile gloves
28:30 Hand cleanliness – or lack thereof
33:02 Subconscious bias?
35:34 Interview with Dr Cordelia Rogerson and Dr Paul Garside about glove policies
47:47 Review: Jenny and Kloe talk about their favourite nitrile gloves
52:22 Comments, corrections and questions

Show Notes:

– Arsenic in rice: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-38910848
– Nitrile glove recycling scheme: https://www.terracycle.co.uk/en-UK/brigades/gloves
– Terry Kent’s research for the British Library: http://blogs.bl.uk/collectioncare/2016/09/fingerprints-their-potential-impact-in-relation-to-handling-library-collections.html

Hosted by Jenny Mathiasson, Kloe Rumsey, and Christina Rozeik.

Intro and outro music by DDmyzik used under a Creative Commons Attribution license.

Made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International license.

A Wooden Dice production, 2017.

One comment

  1. Hi ladies, thank you for your podcast about gloves! I just wanted to follow up with you about the glove recycling part. I enrolled the University of Amsterdam in the KIMTECH RightCycle Program and have been working on promoting the program around the world. Through Kimberly Clark, you can only recycle KIMTECH gloves, but it is not limited to only pharma/biotech or universities- any business or conservation studio/private lab/museum etc. are also eligible. Another company, TerraCycle, also offers a recycling scheme for all types and brands of nitrile gloves, but this is currently only available in North America.
    More information about these programs and other ways to be more sustainable can be found on the SiC website: https://www.sustainabilityinconservation.com.
    I would be happy to answer any other questions you had regarding these recycling programs or anything else related to sustainability!
    Thank you again for all your engaging discussions!

    All the best,

    Caitlin Southwick
    Sustainability in Conservation

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