Air Canada Cabin Crews Allowed to Wear Safety Gloves

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    Air Canada's FA union has successfully petitioned the airline for permission to wear safety gloves when handling passengers waste items (including used drinking glasses and utensils). Although Ebola hasn't made its way to Canada yet, the flight attendants felt the need to take precautions.

    thechronicleherald. ca/canada/1244272-air-canada-cabin-crews-allowed-to-wear-safety-gloves
     
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    Thanks for the post and Welcome to milepoint! :)
     
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    Likewise @CHANDELLE :) Welcome to MP!
     
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    US airlines and all international airlines should follow up...........
     
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    ... with @CHANDELLE ? I know her joining MP is a nice thing ... but let's not get carried away! ;)
     
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    Seems like a sensible policy to "allow" without "requiring" given the current level of concern about the disease.

    I heard yesterday that an AC pilot apparently refused to allow a blood sample being shipped to Winnipeg to be tested for Ebola to be transported on his aircraft. If true, that is going way off the deep end.
     
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    re: pilot - yup - see the post on milepoint I made yesterday ... I agree it is a bit over the top
     
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    I am pretty sure I have seen UA FAs wearing gloves (and that was long before the current outbreak). Seems sensible to me.
     
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    Gloves are only sensible if used correctly. While wearing them you have to treat your hands as contaminated and avoid touching anything (or anyone) else in order to prevent cross-contamination. Then you have to remove them correctly and then wash your hands well. The trouble is always touching something potentially contaminated, then touching something you don't want contaminated (like food, dishes, doorknobs or people).
     
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    I recently saw an IC down on her hands and knees trying to fix a pod seat that would not work electronically. She was trying to do the manual reset. What was under that seat on the floor was absolutely disgusting. Old dried up food and garbage including money and used kleenex, etc. I am surprised she didn't file a grievance because I would have. As we all know AC cleaning does leave something to be desired but this was really bad. They supposedly do a deep clean every 24 hours or so on every aircraft but I can tell you this one spot had not been done for a long time.
     
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    If you don't wear them, you still have to treat your hands as contaminated.

    Independent of Ebola, I am grossed out when I see FAs grab empty cups by sticking their bare hands into them. It also grosses me out when the barrista at Starbucks or other similar places puts the lit on the cup by pushing with his bare hands on the top where the opening is.

    All true. But wearing the gloves while collecting garbage will presumably reduce the exposure of the FAs somewhat since they are not touching every single passenger's cup with their bare hands. Again, independent of Ebola, which is less likely to kill them than the flu.
     
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    True enough.

    Yes, but there's a vaccine for flu. The real means of transmission for most diseases is getting your hands contaminated, then touching your face before washing your hands. Getting virus on your hands can usually be dealt with by washing. I think gloves will give a false sense of security more than anything else. Not that they're useless, but people who wear them really should go through proper training in their use to maximize the utility.

    Now, if a flight attendant has a sensitivity to latex.....
     
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    I used to be a chef and this was one of my biggest problems about wearing gloves. It gives people a false sense of security, that their hands are "clean". Good hand washing needs to be a part of every glove regimen.
     
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    That could cause unwanted pregnancies. :eek:
     
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    :p

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    They would use disposable nitrile gloves.
     
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    AC flight attendants also generally wear a black glove when they are taking food out of the ovens - but those are for thermal protection (so they don't burn their hands) and provide little/no barrier to liquids.
     
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