I read the article, it reads very journal-like. The 1st 1/4 of it establishes a problem = poor handwashing. Then spends the next 3/4 of it basically saying that although poor handwashing is bad, the improper use of gloves is more widespread, makes instances of poor handwashing even worse, and is ultimately much more dangerous so here is XYZ that needs to happen in order to make gloves more effective and how to attempt to minimize this problem. In fact, all you really need to read is this:
"Glove use has been proposed as a risk reduction strategy by public health authorities.[16-17] Even though gloves have also been shown to transfer or amplify risk, the U.S. FDA believes that handwashing with soap and water or even use of alcohol hand sanitizers may not be enough to prevent transmission of viral and protozoan microorganisms via the fecal-oral route.[13,17] Herein lies the advantage of glove use. There is general agreement that food safety managers should reduce bare-hand contact when possible, especially with ready-to-eat foods. Thus, glove usage should be considered whenever utensils or deli/bakery papers don’t work efficiently. For glove use to make sense, workers must be trained to use gloves properly, but that’s just a starting point. Workers and management cannot put blind faith in glove use, but must evaluate potential for hygiene failure.
When a failure occurs, both worker and product can be compromised in several ways, dramatically increasing risks. The risk may be minor, only involving sporadic spoilage problems or a non-event, but it also can cause shelf-life or product safety to be compromised. Two such failure factors are well-documented:
• A single glove hole can release tens of thousands of bacteria from overly moist internal glove surfaces.[19-21]
• Glove fragments can end up in food."
Please don't get judgy of me (or others like me) that live in an area with a huge food service industry and a HD that have very good reasons for deciding glove usage during food prep and handling ready-to-eat food is a violation.
What this boils down to: if someone is nasty and doesn't wash their hands, no glove in the universe is going to help. I hope we can all agree on that.
Comparing food handlers to nurses or those in the medical industry is like comparing an apple to a Porsche. I could list many, many reasons why that comparison fails but it's really not the point I want to make. The point I want to make is: if your HD says that you need to wear gloves, then you need to wear gloves. I am a by-the-book kind of gal and totally respect you and that - but there are many, many reasons why the false security of gloves are not accepted by health departments - mine happens to be one of them and the article cited does a great job of explaining why.