The naked cuff is an issue that threatens the safety of the worker. You may be wondering what it is, why it's an issue, and how to resolve it. This week, we're going in-depth with the naked cuff and explaining why it is such a critical issue with contamination controlling in the cleanroom. We would also like to offer you a FREE Glove Selection Tool Kit.
What is a naked cuff? Well when we say "naked cuff", we are referring to the operator's cuff exposed naked when they extend their hand in the work area. It's a very critical and costly part of contamination. If the cuff is exposed, all of the contaminants shed from the operator's torso and body are going to enter the work area, which can potentially contaminate the area. In eliminating the naked cuff, you reduce the risk of contaminating your work area.
There are three main parts to avoiding the naked cuff: garment, glove, and donning. Recommended garment cuffs include elastic closure and elastic with the thumb loop, and knitted garment cuffs are not recommended. The knitted cuff doesn't provide a tight closure system and the knitted material itself can be a potential source of contamination. We recommend that the gloves be at a length of 290mm or 300mm. Gloves shorter than that (240mm) do not completely cover the cuff, leaving it naked. Long cuff gloves will cover the operator's cuff. The proper donning technique is to take the glove and pull it up and over the garment system.
If followed, these tips and tricks will help you to avoid the naked cuff and help prevent contamination in the cleanroom. If you would like a sample please click the button below.