It is not recommended to use hand cream when working in a laboratory glove box.
Firstly, hand creams may contaminate the experimental environment or samples through the gloves, especially in experiments that require high purity and cleanliness, which may lead to biased results or even failure of the experiment. Secondly, hand creams may make gloves greasy or slippery, affecting the precision and dexterity of hand manipulation and increasing the risk of handling errors.

However, if women are truly concerned about damage to the skin on their hands from prolonged handling, they may consider using hand cream to care for the skin on their hands after the experiment is over, after they have thoroughly cleaned their hands and left the laboratory environment. During the experiment, it is more important to focus on the accuracy and safety of the experimental procedures.
For example, if a female researcher is conducting an environmentally demanding semiconductor material experiment in a glove box, and she uses hand cream during the operation, the ingredients of the hand cream may volatilise into the experimental system, affecting the performance and quality of the material. Or, when conducting delicate chemical synthesis experiments, because of the hand cream leads to a poor grip on the gloves, may accidentally knock over the reagent bottles, etc., bringing unnecessary trouble and risk. Therefore, hand cream should be avoided as much as possible when operating in the laboratory glove box for a long time.

At the same time, when operating the glove box, you also need to pay attention to the following points:

  1. Experiment preparation stage: before the start of the experiment, you need to have a good idea of the drugs and instruments that need to be brought into the glove box in the experiment, and try to reduce the number of times the transition chamber is used; before bringing in the drugs and instruments, you need to make sure that they have been dried sufficiently and write your name; before opening the door of the outer chamber of the transition chamber, you need to make sure that there are no other people wanting to bring in the items in the chamber.
  2. Experimental stage: wear three layers of gloves, lab coat and goggles throughout the experiment; slowly extend the gloves into the chamber to avoid excessive pressure causing the cycle to stop; be careful during the experiment to avoid spilling solvents, drugs and rupture of equipment; try to reduce the time that the drugs, solvents and the reaction system are left open to minimise the volatilisation of solvents.
  3. The end of the experiment: the used drugs and instruments should be properly placed, those not taken out of the cabin should be sealed and put into their own trays, and those to be taken out of the cabin should be cleaned up immediately; the vacuum pump, stirrer, balance and other instruments should be turned off immediately after use; for the drugs and instruments forgotten by other people, please remind them in time; after the items are taken out of the transition chamber, please change the gas and vacuum in time for the convenience of other people to use them; if you find abnormalities in the operation of the glove box, please deal with them in time if you can; if you find that the glove box is running abnormally, please deal with the problem in time. If you find any abnormality in the operation of the glove box, please deal with it in time if you can, and report it in time if you can’t, so as to avoid greater losses.
    In short, before entering the glove box, you should ensure that your hands are clean and dry, and wear gloves suitable for the requirements of the experiment. If you need to protect the skin of your hands during the experiment, you can choose to wear suitable protective gloves instead of using hand cream.

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