PPE for COVID-19 in the workplace
Since the outbreak of COVID-19, protecting employees and clients in the workplace has become of paramount importance.
To be able to function as an economy we need to take steps to protect ourselves whilst preventing the spread of coronavirus at the same time. This is best achieved by frequent hand washing, practising social distancing, and where necessary, wearing face masks to help prevent the spread of the virus.
Companies need to ensure they are able to supply their employees with the recommended protective personal equipment (PPE) when undertaking tasks that could potentially put them at risk from face-to-face contamination.
Testing employees for alcohol and/or drugs would be classed as ‘high risk’ due to both the physical proximity of the donors and the type of sampling required. With this in mind, we recommend that any operators adhere to the same equipment requirements as those classed as ‘frontline’ or ‘medical’ workers.
Disposable face masks
Surgical-style face masks are used to prevent droplets from entering the respiratory system of the user or those around them. They are typically 3-ply meaning they are multi-layered, and generally rectangle in shape with either ear loops or ties to secure.
When fitted correctly, the surgical-style face covering will help to prevent large droplets, sprays or splashes from reaching the mouth or nose of the wearer – or those around them. They also remind the user not to touch their nose or mouth – a common way for viruses to spread.
Washing hands frequently is important to prevent the transmission of bacteria or contaminants but where exceptional hygiene is required, disposable gloves offer additional protection.
Disposable gloves are for single use only and should not be re-used. They are intended to prevent the spread of bacteria and viruses therefore great care should be taken not to touch your face – specifically eyes, nose or mouth – whilst wearing them, as this is the most common method of viral transmission.
Our Nitrile Black Medical Gloves are latex and powder free, within PPE Category II, CE approved to EN420 and EN450.
Whilst frequent hand washing is recommended to prevent virus transmission, in situations where soap and water is not available liquid hand sanitisers offer a convenient solution.
Where alcohol content of sanitizers is 60% or above, bacteria and viruses are effectively destroyed. Whilst soap and water is considered more effective at removing dirt, bacteria and viruses, the use of alcohol-based hand sanitisers ensures that any residual contamination is removed.
Our 70% alcohol hand sanitiser offers a pocket-sized solution for everyday use where access to soap and water is restricted, and is available in single bottles, packs of 12 or cartons of 24.