What is PPE?
protective equipment, otherwise known as PPE, refers to protective garments
or gear designed to safeguard the wearer from injury or infection.
PPE may be particularly specialist to a certain job role being carried out, but more generally it may include some of the following:
PPE can protect against a range of hazards, including
physical, electrical, heat, chemicals, biohazards and airborne particulate
Typically, PPE is worn in certain workplaces, as
required by employees for Duty of Care purposes. However, there are also many
reasons why individuals may want to use PPE outside of the workplace or in businesses
that had never required it before…
The outbreak of COVID-19 has thrown society into unprecedented times. In the Western World, it hasn’t
always been usual for people to regularly wear facemasks for health protection
whilst out and about, however a global pandemic can be sure to change that.
More and more, we are seeing people going about their
daily lives protected by disposable gloves and masks – or other DIY methods
of mouth and nose coverage, like scarves, high collars or homemade solutions.
Here are some things to consider when looking for regular-use
PPE against virus protection:
A lot of inexperienced companies are taking advantage of the
increased demand for these products, so don’t get duped and make sure you buy
from somewhere reputable (look for accreditations and a history of
selling these types of supplies).
It may seem easier to tie a random piece of clothing around
your face, but consider how ineffective it would be to use a DIY face mask that’s poorly fitted and made from inappropriate material. The same goes
for heading to work protected by household rubber gloves – slack hand protection
with openings at the wrists aren’t exactly fit for virus-protection purposes.
If you’re going to go down the PPE route, you may as well do
a proper job of it. Commit to what you choose.
That means, if you’re wearing gloves, don’t take them off
and then put them on again; dispose of potentially infected PPE and use
clean replacements. Again, the same rule applies for face protection (and
try not to touch, fiddle or partially remove a face mask while wearing it).
If you’re an employer introducing PPE to staff, ensure
they are trained on proper use.
Finally, once you’ve used your virus-protection PPE, make
sure it’s disposed of safely
and in compliance with UK guidelines.
Face masks, gloves and other forms of PPE have the potential
to become contaminated once worn. This makes them a form of clinical
Because of the hazards this waste poses, it needs to be disposed
of responsibly to minimise the risks for those handling it down the
If your business is disposing of PPE, then you have a Duty
of Care to follow all the relevant regulations, otherwise you could be
subject to hefty fines. If you can’t prove that a licensed waste carrier has
disposed of your waste, then you could be in for a world of trouble.
Service from Direct365
At Direct365, we provide comprehensive waste services nationwide,
including PPE disposal. You can get regular
or one-off collections, specialist
bins and expert guidance all included as part of the bespoke contracts
What’s more, our licensed waste carriers provide you with free legal paperwork to prove your Duty of Care, like waste transfer notes.
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