Ebola Hand Protection Guidelines

About Ebola

  • Also known as Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever (EHF)
  • Rare and deadly disease
  • Spread through direct contact with blood and bodily fluids
  • Cannot be spread through air, food or water
  • First discovered in Africa in 1976, but now in U.S. and elsewhere
  • No FDA-approved vaccine
  • Early detection, supportive care and rehydration key for survival

CDC: Facts About Ebola
CDC: Ebola Basics


  • Severe headache
  • Muscle Pain
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach Pain
  • Unexplained bleeding or bruising

Symptoms may not appear for up to 3 weeks.

CDC: Is it Flu or Ebola?

General Recommendations

  • The key is to prevent exposure through contact with:
    • The infected person
    • Blood and other bodily fluids of the infected person(s)
    • All objects that may have come in contact with an infected person(s)
  • Frequent and proper hand washing
  • Treat all bodily fluids as infectious
  • Follow OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen standard (29 CFR 1910.1030)
    • Gloves must be worn when potentially making hand contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials
    • Consult CDC’s recommended donning and doffing procedures to reduce the risk of exposure
    • Throw away used gloves (according to infection control precautions)
  • Notify health officials if you come in direct contact with the bodily fluids of a person with Ebola

Glove Recommendations

  • ┬áSingle use, non-latex nitrile
  • Medical grade (examination or surgical, depending on the task) given exposure to infectious materials such as blood and other bodily fluids
  • Compliant with ASTM F1671 for resistance to penetration by bloodborne pathogens
    • ASTM F1671 does not test against Ebola specifically, but is considered the industry standard
    • All AMBITEX Nitrile Examination Gloves comply with this standard
  • Double, but not triple gloving
  • Extended cuff for healthcare workers managing patients with Ebola

CDC: PPE Equipement Guidelines for Healthcare Workers
OSHA: Cleaning and Decontamination of Ebola on Surfaces

Final Thoughts

  • This document summarizes guidance for the use of gloves for Ebola virus response based on recommendations from:
  • This information is subject to revision.
  • Ultimately, it is the user’s responsibility to determine:
    • The nature and level of the hazard
    • The proper personal protective equipment needed
  • Always consult with local authorities to ensure guidance is appropriate for the conditions and activities in which you will engage.
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