Gloves are important PPE for the food industry and for every aspect of health – hospital, restaurant, or factory.
Gloves are essential to food safety, yet California just reversed a decision mandating the use of gloves. The reversal is very important because it protects the food chain – people (unfortunately) don’t wash their gloves or sanitize them as well as they do their hands. When you work with your hands, you instinctively want to wash them when they become soiled…gloves “keep your hands clean.” That can be fatal to your customers, and the subliminal cleanliness can contaminate everything you touch with your gloved hands.
While bare skin contact with food is less attractive to me than properly sanitized gloved hand contact – I prefer the sanitized skin to the unsanitary glove. Notice whether or not your sub shop re-uses their gloves. How can you re-use disposable gloves for assembling a sandwich, without touching the food-contact surface? You can’t. Skin is better – go wash your hands.