Gloves Required While Working

All staff (regular and temporary) and working members must wear gloves when handling any “food product.”

New York State has issued guidelines for businesses operating during the COVID-19 pandemic and under the phased re-opening. The guidelines are entirely focused on ensuring that New York State businesses place COVID-19 health and safety at the forefront of their re-opening operations. The guidelines do not have an end date and will be effective at the Coop until further notice. The State will continue to update the guidelines, and we will continue to pay attention to updates and make any necessary changes to Coop operations.

The State guidance specifically states that  “Responsible Parties must ensure gloves are worn while handling any food products.”

Coop policy states that all staff and working members must wear gloves when handling any “food product” including:

  • Front-end checkout workers, roamers, and assistants while handling food products members are purchasing
  • Receiving and stocking food products at all points in the chain from the sidewalk to the basement to the shopping floor
  • Food processing

Gloves can be cloth receiving gloves, plastic (non-latex) gloves or nitrile gloves. Gloves are available at the SL desk and at the glove stations in various locations around the Coop where you can find gloves — SL desk, Receiving area, outside the Membership Office.

Cloth and nytrile gloves should be deposited in the blue laundry bins (plastic gloves are being recycled at the glove stations) for laundering. Plastic (non-latex) gloves should be put in the recycling bins located at the glove stations.

FOR STAFF MEMBERS ONLY: If you prefer to have a pair of your own nitrile gloves, please see a member of the permanent staff. You are responsible for laundering your gloves regularly and bringing clean gloves to the Coop.

Changing-Sanitizing Gloves (applies to staff and working members)

If you wear cloth gloves, please change them every hour. Soiled cloth receiving gloves should be put into one of the laundry containers. Cloth gloves with holes should be thrown away as you come across them (mending and recycling options are unavailable until further notice).

If you wear the plastic gloves, please take a new pair every hour OR sanitize the outside of the gloves every hour. Dispose of your gloves at one of the glove stations for recycling.

STAFF: If you wear the nitrile gloves, please sanitize the outside of the gloves every hour and change into a second paid half-way through your shift. If you are using Coop nitrile gloves,  put them into the laundry basket when you are done with them. If you have a personal pair of nitrile glove or any other gloves you brought from home, please take them home at the end of the day and launder them.

If you wear your own gloves brought from home, please make sure that they are either rubberized and can therefore be sanitized once an hour or that you bring enough pairs to change gloves at least once an hour.

If you have concerns or questions about this requirement, please communicate with your supervising GC.

We appreciate your cooperation in helping the Coop to adhere to the state guidelines. Your ongoing vigilance around this, and other, health and safety measures help to make the Coop as safe a workplace and shopping space as possible.