If COVID-19 has taught the world anything, it’s that personal protective equipment or PPE is essential in the fight against disease and contamination. Our screens have been filled with images of healthcare workers covered from head to toe as they struggle in the war against the global pandemic. Ongoing government health directives to wear facemasks only work to highlight just how imperative PPE is in these everchanging times.
PPE isn’t just for a global pandemic
Gloves, aprons, shoe covers, surgical masks, disposable face shields, eye goggles, face visors, hairnets, and masks are all PPE you can wear in healthcare, food preparation, and other services industries to keep workers safe.
PPE is used in healthcare and other settings to create a barrier between workers and any infectious agents from patients or clients and reduce cross-contamination. In these COVID times, PPE is often required for the patient’s family/visitors, especially if they provide direct patient care.
Who needs access to PPE?
Anyone who requires personal protective equipment to ensure personal safety should have access to PPE. Workplaces are required to provide suitable PPE for their staff, and it should be available at the point of use. All staff should also receive training on the correct use and disposal of PPE, as inappropriate PPE use can increase the risk of transmitting infections and put people at risk.
Types of PPE
This list covers the most common types of personal protective equipment.
- Head protection (hard hats, helmets, disposable hair nets)
- Face masks (disposable masks, face shields)
- Protective eyewear (safety glasses, goggles, visors)
- Hand protection (disposable gloves, heavy-duty gloves)
- Foot protection (steel cap boots)
- Body protection (aprons, disposable PPE suits, overalls, high visibility clothing, harnesses)
- Hearing protection (earplugs, earmuffs)
Hand and Skin protection
Contact dermatitis, eczema, and other skin injuries or infections are the second most common type of occupational disease and can be significantly reduced using disposable gloves. Disposable gloves are an essential item in providing skin protection.
Common types of gloves used as PPE include:
- rubber gloves
- disposable gloves
- cut-resistant gloves
- chainsaw gloves
- heat-resistant gloves.
Using gloves helps you avoid hazards typically involved when working with chemicals, bodily fluids, foods, hot materials, or slippery objects.
A mask is one form of PPE that professionals across almost every industry currently use. Even when we’re not trying to cope with the widespread impact of a global pandemic, using PPE is important in every workplace, as it helps prevent the spread of disease. Choosing the right mask can be tricky, so do your research before purchasing.
Choose AP Direct Sales for your workplace PPE needs
Generally, your workplace will specify when you need to use PPE and what type of PPE is required for different tasks or individuals. If you require medical protective equipment or other types of PPE, AP Direct Sale’s range of PPE offers cost-effective solutions.
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