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Glove Use Not Necessary for Injections FAQ

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Infection Control 10/03/16

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Glove Use Not Necessary for Injections

1. Do I need to wear gloves when giving a routine injection?
No. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations do not require the use
of gloves during most routine injections (1).

2. Does this standard apply to all injections, including vaccinations?
Yes. This standard applies to all injections, including vaccinations, unless the person giving the
injection reasonably anticipates having direct skin contact with blood or body fluids, secretions,
excretions, mucous membranes, or non-intact skin.

3. Does glove use offer protection to patients?
No. This is a common misperception that you may encounter. Gloves are personnel protective
equipment (PPE); they protect the person wearing them.

4. Is hand hygiene between injections required?
Yes. Hand hygiene must be performed before and after every patient encounter.

5. Has there been a change in policy?
Yes. Legacy UWMF policy required glove use when giving an injection. The integrated UW
Health Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Control Plan (revised July 2016) specifies when glove
use is required and routine injections do not qualify (2).

6. Do I need to wear gloves when performing a vascular access procedure?
Yes. The integrated UW Health Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Control Plan instructs that glove
use is required when performing vascular access procedures.

7. Can I wear gloves when giving an injection if I want to?
If you choose to wear gloves, you must change gloves between each patient and perform hand
hygiene before applying gloves and immediately after removing gloves.

References
1. OSHA CPL 02-02-069: https://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=DIRECTIVES&p_id=2570
2. https://uconnect.wisc.edu/clinical/references/infection-control/employee-health-and-infection-control-
uwhc/bloodborne-pathogen-control/resources/name-13216-en.file