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Ask the expert: Limiting glove use in home healthcare

OSHA Healthcare Connection, September 6, 2011

Q: In home healthcare who is responsible for purchasing gloves–employer, employee, or patient? If the employer, can the employer put a limit on amount of gloves per month?

A: If you are the employee of a home healthcare agency, as opposed to an independent contractor, and glove use is considered personal protective equipment (PPE), then the employer must pay for the gloves.

Click here for a detailed explanation and links to relevant OSHA documents, including a home healthcare worker safety checklist.

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