American Society for Testing and Materials
ASTM is the foremost developer and provider of voluntary marketplace consensus standards, related technical information, and services having internationally recognized quality and applicability that promote public health and safety, and the overall quality of life; contribute to the reliability of materials, products, systems and services; and facilitate national, regional, and international commerce.
- D5250 Standard Specification for Poly(vinyl chloride) Gloves for Medical Application
- D3578 Standard Specification for Rubber Examination Gloves
- D6319 Standard Specification for Nitrile Examination Gloves for Medical Application
Food and Drug Administration
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
The FDA promotes and protects public health by ensuring that only safe and effective products reach the market in a timely way, and by monitoring products for continued safety after they are in use. Their work is a blending of law and science aimed at protecting consumers.
Related Regulatory Document:
- Medical Glove Guidance Manual
- Description: Medical Glove Guidance Manual
Occupational Safety & Health Administration
OSHA and its state partners have approximately 2100 inspectors, plus complaint discrimination investigators, engineers, physicians, educators, standards writers, and other technical and support personnel spread over more than 200 offices throughout the country. This staff establishes protective standards, enforces those standards, and reaches out to employers and employees through technical assistance and consultation programs.
Standard Number: 1910.138
Standard Title: Hand Protection.
SubPart Number: I
SubPart Title: Personal Protective Equipment
(a) General requirements. Employers shall select and require employees to use appropriate hand protection when employees' hands are exposed to hazards such as those from skin absorption of harmful substances; severe cuts or lacerations; severe abrasions; punctures; chemical burns; thermal burns; and harmful temperature extremes.(b) Selection. Employers shall base the selection of the appropriate hand protection on an evaluation of the performance characteristics of the hand protection relative to the task(s) to be performed, conditions present, duration of use, and the hazards and potential hazards identified.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is the Federal agency responsible for conducting research and making recommendations for the prevention of work-related disease and injury. The Institute is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
NIOSH is responsible for conducting research on the full scope of occupational disease and injury ranging from lung disease in miners to carpal tunnel syndrome in computer users. In addition to conducting research, NIOSH:
- Investigates potentially hazardous working conditions when requested by employers or employees;
- Makes recommendations and disseminates information on preventing workplace disease, injury, and disability; and
- Provides training to occupational safety and health professionals
US Ergonomics approach to workplace ergonomics focuses on achieving sustainable gains in productivity while reducing the ergonomic risks and ensuring employee health & safety. US Ergonomics applies quantitative ergonomic risk assessment methods to assess the need for change and enable ergonomic risk management. This has resulted in dramatic and quantifiable reductions to the incident rates and lost work days experienced by our customers while providing a significant return on investment.