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However, it’s still very important that you protect yourself and others from the coronavirus. If this sounds like you, a face shield is a great option. Featuring a transparent plastic visor, a face shield prevents you from coming into contact with harmful, airborne droplets whilst allowing the wearer to see and communicate clearly.
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Do I need to change my PPE if I have a beard?
Respirator masks are an essential part of PPE when you’re trying to avoid the spread of infection, but may not be suitable for those who have beards.
Respirator masks need to be able to create a seal around your mouth so their filtration system can be as effective as possible, and facial hair can interfere with this.
You may need to shave or trim your beard or facial hair so you can wear a face mask properly, or consider buying alternative PPE such as a hood or helmet.
How can I put on and remove my PPE safely?
It’s important that you put on your PPE in the correct order when you’re trying to prevent the spread of infection.
The NHS and the government recommend that you take the following steps when putting on your PPE:
- Step 1: Wash your hands thoroughly for 20 seconds using antibacterial soap and water
- Step 2: Apply your long-sleeved gown or apron
- Step 3: Apply your respirator mask and make sure it fits properly
- Step 4: Apply your eye protection goggles or face mask
- Step 5: Put on gloves
When removing and disposing of your PPE, do so in the following order:
- Step 1: Remove gloves, taking care to touch the outside of your gloves as little as possible
- Step 2: Clean your hands with alcohol-based hand sanitiser gel
- Step 3: Remove your gown, turning it inside out to prevent touching the outside as much as possible
- Step 4: Remove eye protection goggles or face mask, taking care to only touch the straps
- Step 5: Remove your respirator mask, taking care to only touch the straps
- Step 6: Wash your hands thoroughly for 20 seconds with antibacterial soap and water
Public Health England has created some helpful videos that can teach you how to put on and remove your PPE safely, click the link below to watch the removal steps for yourself.
Is PPE reusable?
Whether your PPE is reusable depends on the type of PPE you’re using.
For example, PPE gloves or face masks are often single-use only and are designed to be disposed of and replaced regularly.
If you’re unsure whether your equipment is reusable, we’d recommend referring to the manufacturer’s information that’s included with each product, as it should be able to tell you whether you can use each product more than once or how you can clean and reuse the equipment if necessary.
What does PPE stand for?
You may have heard the term ‘PPE’ a lot during the pandemic - but what does it mean?
PPE stands for personal protective equipment, which means anything worn by one person to protect themselves against health and safety hazards.
This can include face coverings, gloves, aprons and visors.