Using gloves

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The fear of infection may deter some people from providing emergency first aid. Effective use of barriers, including gloves and face shields, protect both you and the patient from the risk of infection. There have been changes in the workplace with the introduction of the BSi HSE first aid kits, these now include more gloves and a face shield. 

Glove boxes are a good idea when more is needed or they are used regularly. If gloves are not available, then you could use anything that would form a barrier, for example, a sealed plastic bag.

There are special rules in some workplaces for the correct disposal of gloves and other infected materials, so it is best to check your local guidelines.