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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/29445

Title: The educational needs of workers related to the use of protective gloves in the workplace
Authors: Rowley, Kyle
Ajami, Daana
Gervais, Denise
Mooney, Lindsay
Solheim, Amy
Advisor: Holness, Linn
Switzer-McIntyre, Sharon
Department: Physical Therapy
Keywords: occupational disease
hand-arm vibration syndrome
contact dermatitis
Issue Date: 2010
Abstract: Research suggests gloves are effective at protecting the skin from environmental exposures. Little evidence exists regarding glove-use education and its role in preventing occupational diseases, such as contact dermatitis of the hand (CD) and hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS). OBJECTIVE: To examine current glove-use educational practices and relationships between education and effective glove-use amongst workers at risk for developing CD/HAVS. PARTICIPANTS: Thirty-seven (37) CD and 93 HAVS patients presenting to St. Michael s Hospital Occupational and Environmental Health Clinic (SMHOEHC). METHODS: A CD- and HAVS-specific cross-sectional, self-administered questionnaire was distributed to patients with suspected CD/HAVS attending SMHOEHC. Participants completed the questionnaire on the day of their clinic visit. RESULTS: The majority (CD: 57.6%, HAVS: 67.1%) reported compliant glove-use when exposed to workplace hazards. Eighty-seven percent (87%) of HAVS participants did not wear appropriate anti-vibration gloves. Most education occurred prior to work initiation (CD: 63.6%, HAVS: 59.5%). A statistically significant relationship (p=0.002) exists between compliant glove-use and workplace education in HAVS participants. CONCLUSION: Workplace glove education increases glove-use in the HAVS population; however, education is incomplete and workers are not using the most protective gloves. Mandatory glove training should be included in all settings where workers are at-risk for developing CD/HAVS.
Description: Affiliated institutions include: St. Michael s Hospital (L. Holness), University of Toronto (S. Switzer-McIntyre)
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/29445
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