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Q: I disagree with your training tips on removing PPE equipment as stated in your July/August 2006 OSHA Watch issue.  We have always been taught to remove the gown first.  If you remove the gloves first, contaminates from the gown will contaminate the hands.  I guess it matters if you have someone to untie the strings on the gown for you.  You should also add training tip #4 -  Wash your hands.  Should be a given but unfortunately not everyone does it when they should.

A: Thanks for contacting us with your concerns regarding donning and doffing PPE. We took our information directly from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which you can see at the following link: http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dhqp/pdf/ppe/ppeposter148.pdf   It makes a great poster for hanging in your facility. Please contact me if you wish to discuss.   Thanks again for your input!


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