The impact of the pandemic and how quickly a deadly virus such as Coronavirus can spread has placed a big spotlight on Personal Protective Equipment.
What it is, where it can be used, and what employers should be providing as a minimum.
At Active Workwear, we have always prided ourselves on providing those in the industry with a great, high-quality selection of safety gear.
Now, with the need for additional safety equipment to help keep everyone safe and offer complete peace of mind, we want to highlight some of our most popular pieces. Helping you meet that ever-important Health and Safety plan and guidance documents.
PPE – An employer’s responsibility
Risk assessments should be carried out before any work gets underway, helping to put the right protocols and working practices in place, as well as highlighting what personal protective equipment will be required.
Of course, the PPE gear you will require will depend on the job role and function itself; however, some of the most common pieces of PPE include:
*related to Covid-19, PPE in this area is largely focussed on those providing direct care for others, where contracting the virus is much higher.
Correct use of PPE
All employees, no matter what setting, should be adequately trained in the correct use of PPE – no one wants to put anyone at further risk.
Note: Coronavirus lives longer on plastics than ordinary clothes, so items must be used correctly and disposed of appropriately to help stop the spread.
Work safety during COVID 19
Self-isolate if you or any family members begin to show any symptoms
Work from home where possible
Make all necessary workplace adjustments
When it comes to PPE, it needs to be correctly fitted to the individual, located close to the point of use, stored safely, and disposed of appropriately.
Government advice should always be followed with due care and attention.
Supply of PPE
Active Workwear is on hand to provide you and your teams with all of the safety gear you require – all in a timely manner.
PPE includes, but is not limited to:
Respiratory protective equipment
At Active Workwear, we offer a range of additional PPE to meet your needs. Some of our most popular safety gear currently includes:
CV16 – 300 Micron APET Foam Top and Shield – Face Mask
In all situations, PPE products should be readily available to all employees to ensure protection against COVID 19. It should also be provided free of charge to those that need it, and all PPE must fit properly.
Uniform and Clothing
To sit alongside PPE, we also offer a range of protective workwear in the form of uniform and general items of clothing.
Hi-Vis clothing – such as coveralls, gloves, jackets, tops, trousers, and more!
Safety footwear – including catering footwear, non-steel safety footwear, safety boots, and safety trainers.
Base Pro Antibacterial Top, and
We also work with a variety of tried and trusted brands, where only the highest quality is guaranteed.
There has been a huge, (and unsurprising) growth in demand for personal protective equipment, especially face masks, gloves, and protective overalls!
We are working tirelessly to increase our distribution capacity to ensure there are no disruptions to our supply chains.
All of our PPE meets all conformity requirements and is fully compliant with the CE marking and kitemark standards. A critical recommendation, as only those with the official CE marking, can be classified as suitable PPE, suitable for the outbreak of COVID 19.
Using the right Respiratory Protective Equipment for COVID 19
Airborne hazards, such as Coronavirus have been proven to be reduced by filter type RPE equipment, with the two most popular respirators including:
Tight-fitting disposable filtering facepiece respirators, and
Loose-fitting powered hoods.
Both of these respirators provide a good level of protection.
Codes used on these respirators include:
FF = filtering facepiece
P = particle
1 = low efficiency, 2 = medium efficiency, 3 = high efficiency
NR = not reusable
R = reusable
The FFP3 and loose-fitting powered hoods are the most recommended in healthcare settings or where COVID is or is indeed prevalent.
It’s important to check the latest guidance on respirators to ensure you are using the correct one and the correct CE marking and code is suitable for your job role.
It is advised that face coverings are worn in enclosed spaces, where social distancing is not possible.
Organisations have a duty of care to keep their employees safe and to help play their part in reducing the spread of Coronavirus.
It’s important that all businesses refer to the “Working Safely During COVID-19” document.
However, it’s also important to note that each business must translate the information provided to suit your specific workplace environment.
A guideline that works for one organisation isn’t always possible for another, and you should bear this in mind.
Of course, a business’s legal obligation is still in place. These additional requirements are due to the pandemic we currently face.
We can’t completely eliminate COVID 19, but we can certainly help to reduce the spread.
What we can all do:
Increase the frequency of handwashing and surface cleaning
Use screens and barriers between workstations where appropriate
Encourage back to back or side to side working in office environments
Stagger start and finish times, as well as break times, etc
Keep social distancing!
Work from home where possible
Isolate when you or anyone close to you show any symptoms
Reduce noise, to stop shouting or raised voices
Consider “work bubbles” if possible
Introduce one-way flows around buildings
Reduce movement wherever possible
Reduce occupancy in lifts
Manage the use of high traffic areas
Place hand sanitisers at all touchpoints
Make good use of signage!
Active Workwear is proud to play our part in supporting businesses by providing the highest quality safety gear and PPE on the market.
If you have any questions or you would like to know if we have a specific item available, please call us on 0113 256 7021, we’d be happy to help.