Gloves, masks, eye goggles, aprons and face visors are examples of personal protective equipment
popularly known as PPE that can be worn to prevent infections or bodily harm at the workplace or during recreation. Occupational skin diseases, skin injuries and infections can be very costly and account for most of the occupational diseases. Skin hazards, which often lead to occupational diseases, can be categorized into four major types. Chemical agents can come into contact with the skin via direct contact with immersion, splashes, contaminated surfaces or deposition of aerosols. There are physical agents like solar radiation or extreme temperatures that are also damaging to the skin after long exposure. Mechanical trauma can occur in the form of abrasions, pressure, friction, contusions and lacerations. Lastly, biological agents like plants, microorganisms and animals can cause harm when exposed to the skin. PPE acts as a barrier between the agent of exposure and the skin. A lot of work is done by hand which makes gloves an important item that protects the skin from many hazards like chemicals
, cuts and burns. Some types of gloves mostly used in laboratories and in the medical field as PPE include chainsaw gloves, rubber
gloves, cut-resistant gloves and heat resistant gloves. There are other types of gloves used for protection when it comes to sports and recreational activities, and they generally serve as barriers against mechanical trauma.