The masks aren't a real impediment to your ability to work and every professional shop in Canada is required to use them under health and safety laws. There really aren't any good gloves to use unfortunately. I tend to rarely bother with them (again, I really should) but do use a special barrier cream. The little cloth masks they sell in hardware stores do not work and offer no protection. What you have to wear at a minimum is a half-mask with an organic vapour cartridge. There's an example of these at http://www.websoft-solutions.net/3m_respirator_3m_half_face_respirator_p/5000-ser-res.htm What actually should be worn - and what many of the professional builders that I have met use - is a full face piece similar to this one - http://www.websoft-solutions.net/mold_remediation_product_mold_remediation_product_p/3m-mdrmkt.htm (that may not be the correct model though) because it protects your eyes. Whenever someone buys these they should check to make sure they are purchasing the correct filters since different ones are used for working with different materials. Anyone who is pregnant (or potentially could be pregnant) should not use contact cement...almost all of the responsible shops I've been in have a rule against that. Along the same lines, it's extremely unhealthy to use the contact cement in proximity to children. For adults, unprotected exposure to the fumes (in additon to the other aforementioned problems) reduces fertility, as does exposure to virtually any kind of chemical toxin.