Personal protective equipment (PPE) is used in healthcare and work environments to minimise the health and safety risks we face in these settings. It’s also currently used in many public settings to prevent the spread of diseases and viruses such as COVID-19. PPE takes many forms, from protective clothing and face coverings to thermometers and hand sanitiser. The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered a growing demand for personal protective equipment, and here at Doctor 4 U we offer a range of PPE for either your own personal use, or maybe you are an employer who needs to protect your staff? If so you can buy PPE in bulk for your workplace or stock up on your own personal protective equipment. Browse our range of PPE below.
Dr. Daniel Cichi
Our Health Care Team
"PPE has always been used in hospital settings but it is now being widely used in workplaces, on transport, and in other public settings because of the coronavirus pandemic. In these situations, PPE such as face masks work to protect others from our own respiratory droplets which may be contaminated with different types of coronaviruses. If you’re unable to adhere to the social distancing guidelines then PPE can provide protection by putting a barrier between yourself and infectious material. In any setting though, hand washing remains the most effective method of preventing the spread of viruses."
What is PPE?
PPE stands for personal protective equipment and it’s the name given to clothing and equipment that helps to protect us from health and safety risks that occur in workplaces, healthcare settings, or out amongst the public. This can include goggles to protect the eyes, a hard hat to protect the head, gowns, and face masks to protect against infection from bodily fluids, and hand sanitiser to prevent the spread of infection.
PPE is intended to prevent injury and infection, but the type of PPE you use will depend on the setting and the risks that are associated with this type of environment. For instance, the PPE you use in a hospital will be different from the PPE equipment you would use on a building site or in a salon.
Why do we need to use personal protective equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic?
PPE is needed more than ever due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Every member of the public now requires some form of protection in public settings, mainly face masks and hand sanitiser to prevent the spread of infection and control the pandemic.
Every member of the public is currently required by law to wear a face-covering on public transport and in shops, salons, visitor attractions and entertainment venues, and any other public areas that are indoors. These regulations do not apply to children under the age of 11 or those who have a disability or medical condition that makes it difficult to wear a face mask.
Using PPE such as face masks in a pandemic situation protects our most vulnerable people in society from contracting viruses and other infectious diseases which could be potentially fatal. COVID-19 and other coronaviruses are spread through respiratory droplets that come from our nose and mouth when we breathe, sneeze, or cough, and wearing a face mask helps to limit our exposure to infected droplets. This along with hand washing and social distancing is intended to stop the spread of the virus.
Wearing PPE in the workplace helps to prevent a whole workforce from becoming ill and is particularly useful when social distancing is not possible.
Who should be using PPE?
All healthcare workers should wear PPE clothing such as gowns, face masks, gloves, and/or visors and should use protective equipment such as hand sanitiser. If you use public transport or are visiting shops or other indoor public spaces you are required to wear a face-covering.
You may benefit from wearing PPE at work, particularly if you work in an environment where you’re in close contact with other people such as in beauty salons, supermarkets, warehouses, or if your work requires visiting other people’s homes. If you’re an employer you should consider equipping your workforce to reduce infection.
PPE for your business
As an employer, you have a responsibility to risk assess your working environment to ensure your staff are safe. With the recent pandemic, this means reducing infection in the workplace as much as possible. While social distancing is not always possible in some working environments, PPE can help to reduce the transmission of viruses and bacteria amongst your workforce.
If you would like to protect your staff, Doctor 4 U can offer PPE for your business. In all workplaces, hand sanitiser is essential and you can buy in bulk to equip your entire workforce. Whatever your PPE needs, we can supply your entire PPE kit in bulk so that you’re never low on the essentials, and all your employees are protected.
Employers must follow relevant PPE regulations and the latest coronavirus guidelines set by the government.
The types of businesses that would benefit from PPE include but are not limited to:
- Shops and supermarkets
- Hair and beauty salons/barbers
- All health and social work environments such as care homes
- Offices where social distancing cannot be adhered to
- Bars and restaurants
- Delivery drivers
- In-home workers such as repair and fitting services, cleaners, childcare providers, etc
How does PPE help stop the transmission of infectious diseases?
When used correctly, PPE can protect yourself and others from respiratory infections such as COVID-19. When we breathe, sneeze, or cough we release respiratory droplets into the air which then land on surfaces and these droplets can be infected with all sorts of different viruses and bacteria. Think of PPE as a barrier between yourself and these contaminated droplets and particles. PPE such as face masks and visors prevent you from breathing in any infectious materials and protect your mucous membranes such as your skin, eyes, mouth, and nose where viruses usually enter the body.
In general public settings, face masks are intended to protect others from your own respiratory droplets, and if we all wear them, we’re all protected and the transmission is reduced.
Hand sanitiser is an essential piece of equipment to stop the spread of viruses and bacteria. Viruses are easily spread when we touch a contaminated surface and then touch our face, but with regular handwashing with soap and water or hand sanitiser, the viruses and bacteria are removed from our hands before touching another person or object which stops the spread of infection.
How to use PPE correctly
In order for PPE to be effective and prevent the transmission of viruses and bacteria, it must be worn correctly. Here’s how to put on and take off commonly used PPE, safely:
- Clean your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds before touching your mask
- Do not use the mask if it is damaged or dirty
- Ensure that your face mask covers your mouth, nose, and chin
- Do not touch the mask while you're wearing it
- Change your mask if it gets dirty or wet
- Clean your hands thoroughly before removing your mask
- Always take it off by the straps and avoid touching the front of the mask
- Clean your hands after removing your mask
- Reusable and washable masks should be washed with soap or detergent and hot water
- Ensure the mask is clean and dry before wearing it again
- Ensure your hands are clean before touching any part of the visor
- Pull the strap of the visor over your head and the front of the visor should sit on your forehead with the face of the visor pointing downwards
- To remove the visor, tilt your head forward and pull the strap of the visor over your head and away from your face being careful not to touch the front of the visor
- Discard disposable visors safely or decontaminate reusable visors
- Remove any jewelry and clean your hands thoroughly before touching the gloves
- Check for any tears or defects
- Gently open the cuff and insert your hand and adjust for a snug fit
- To remove gloves, take the outer edge of the wrist area with your other gloved hand and peel it away from your hand so that it turns inside out. Keep hold of this glove with your other gloved hand
- Remove the other glove by placing your bare fingers inside the cuff so that you don’t touch the contaminated outer area, and peel it off from the inside turning it inside out so that it envelopes the other glove
- Discard the gloves safely and do not reuse
CE certified PPE
CE certified products mean that they comply with EU legislation and that they have met health, safety, and environmental protection standards.
All PPE supplied by Doctor 4 U has a CE certificate and is approved for sale here in the UK so you can be confident that you’re providing your staff with the best protection that has been rigorously tested and meets health and safety standards.
Buy PPE online at Doctor 4 U
Equipping your entire workforce with PPE can be expensive which is why we’re offering competitive prices on our bulk buy range of PPE, plus 0% VAT on all personal protective equipment.
We aim to make PPE as accessible as possible for all business owners so that all staff are protected during the coronavirus pandemic.
Browse our range of PPE and if you place your order before 2 pm today with next day delivery you could have your PPE kit as soon as tomorrow.