NEW YORK (OCN) — In September 2010, we reported how a recent drug test failed due to pocket money. If you are still handling cash on a daily basis, you may not want to do so after learning that money may contain traces of Bisphenol A which has been linked to reproductive troubles and other health problems along with other foreign materials such as cold germs.
If your job requires you to handle money on a daily basis, you will want to wear nitrile gloves. Nitrile gloves (mostly blue in color) are similar to latex gloves but are stronger and are non-powered. A benefit to these nitril gloves are the fact that they are acceptable to those with an allergy to latex products. Employees at the United States Postal Service (USPS) are often seen wearing these gloves and a few cashiers at grocery stores. With envelopes that could contain anthrax and other agents, the USPS workers have to be very cautious and will always be seen with them. IF you job will not provide or reimburse you the the gloves, speak with your tax professional to see how you may get credit for them.
Try and use debit and credit cards when possible. As they are made of plastic, the cards can be cleaned easily and with most transactions, the cards remain in your posession to avoid contamination. Since the cashier and other customers may handle the keypad, it is important to wash your hands and other exposed areas frequently to reduce you chances of bringing home Bisphenol A and other foreign materials to your family.
Debit Card Use
While using your cards, pleae remember that for hotels, car rentals and a few other services, a hold of US$1.00 or more may be added to your card for verification. These often stay on your card for days and at times even weeks. If you feel you will have a problem making a transaction after, it may be important to you to have some cash handy before using the card on your travels.