How is PPE Issued and Maintained?
All personal protective equipment is issued and maintained by employers, who also store the items in most cases. In some organisations, however, it is routine for employees to take protective clothing items home with them overnight.
The Correct Donning PPE Sequence
- Breathing masks and respirators must be secured at the back of the head first before being positioned on the face, fit testing to ensure a close seal
- Gloves must always be fully extended to ensure wrists are not left exposed
- Visors and safety goggles must be positioned over the eyes first then secured at the back of the head once in place
Taking Off PPE
Safe removal of PPE centres around avoidance of any contaminated areas.
- Breathing masks and respirators must be unlatched at the back then removed away from the face to avoid contact with the front of the device
- The first glove must be removed by gripping the palm area and pulling it away from the body. The second can then be removed by inserting a finger beneath the edge at the wrist, then pushing forwards
- Visors and safety goggles should be untied at the back then pushed forward, again avoiding contact with the exterior
If your hands come into contact with contamination while removing PPE, wash them swiftly with a suitable cleanser.
What Should You Do if Your PPE is Damaged?
Any damage to PPE should be immediately reported to your line manager or someone in a similar position of authority, and then replaced.
How to Correctly Dispose of PPE?
Disposable PPE is likely to become contaminated after even short periods of use. You should only dispose of it in properly sealed waste receptacles designated for this purpose.