Distributors who sell disposable latex gloves in California should know of that state’s impending ban on latex glove use for restaurants, food service operations, and retail food establishments.
Signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sept. 5 and effective Jan. 1, 2020, the law decrees that latex gloves will no longer be permitted in the food industry. This ban is similar to laws passed in such states as Ohio, Connecticut, Oregon, Hawaii, Arizona, and Rhode Island. Several more states are considering similar measures.
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Janitorial and sanitation workers face daily hazards from the chemicals they use to clean. Harmful chemicals can be found in glass, metal, and other cleaners, including hydrofluoric acid, nitrilotriacetate, and phosphoric acid.
The second hazard comes from contact with bloodborne pathogens. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration established its Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens Standard way back in 1992 to ensure that workers are protected. While it was initially intended for health-care workers, it is relevant to jan/san employees as well.
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