Single-Use Gloves Requirements

State Food Code Glove Requirements

Am I required to wear disposable sanitary gloves?

Check with your state regulating authority to determine your states requirement. Most states require that ready-to-eat food be prepared and served without bare hand contact. Wearing disposable sanitary gloves is one of several acceptable ways to comply with this law.

Is a short order cook required to wear gloves?

The short order cook may not touch ready-to-eat foods with bare hands. Disposable gloves are one possible way to prevent bare hand contact with ready-to-eat foods.

What types of gloves should I use?

When choosing a glove, first and foremost be sure that the glove is made from materials accepted by the US Department of Agriculture for repeated use in direct contact with food (as per the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA). Then, decide what type of glove best fits your needs, keeping in mind that some states have restricted use of latex gloves due to concerns over latex allergy. Most foodservice establishments choose either a vinyl or polyethylene glove for use in preparing food.

When do I have to replace or change gloves?

Always change gloves if the gloves get ripped, torn or contaminated. Contamination can occur after using the bathroom, smoking, coughing, sneezing, and in between preparing raw and cooked foods. Food worker hands must be washed thoroughly and be cleaned before wearing new gloves.

Note: Regulations vary from state to state. Contact your local health department or consult your state’s food code for more information.