Employees that handle prepared or ready-to-eat foods are required, by many health departments, to wear disposable gloves. The FDA Food Code does allow bare hand contact with prepared foods, only if certain conditions are met, and local codes that go above and beyond the FDA’s requirements always take precedence. Disposable gloves are meant to protect your customers from foodborne illnesses, but you may need to protect your employees from the gloves. Some people can be allergic to latex or the powder used in latex or rubber gloves. If your employees develop a rash or severe itching on their hands after wearing throwaway gloves, then they are probably allergic to something in the glove. Simply trying out a vinyl or powder-free glove can save the employee a trip to an allergy specialist.