If PPE isn’t something you’d usually use as part of your day-to-day operations, the challenge of reopening your business and protecting staff and customers can feel overwhelming.
With so many government guidelines to adhere to and the need to purchase suitable PPE a top priority for many business owners, here are the things you should look out for when ordering PPE.
Think about what you actually need
Some suppliers are offering PPE bundles which might seem like a good, time-saving idea and an easy way to get what you need in one go. In reality, these pre-designed packages could see you wasting valuable funds on items you don’t really need.
For example, some PPE bundles for protection against coronavirus come complete with plastic aprons, but if you won’t be getting too close to customers or working in a healthcare situation, then you’re paying for something you won’t use. To ensure your budget goes towards appropriate PPE, carry out a risk assessment to get a better understanding of what you actually require before you place an order.
Watch out for non-compliant PPE
Unfortunately, there is non-compliant PPE flooding the UK market at the moment. A lot of products have been brought in from overseas which do not have the correct certification or meet EU standards.
Non-compliant PPE does not offer the protection needed for staff under government legislation and can give a false sense of security, placing your team and any visitors or members of the public they come into contact with at risk.
Current guidance on PPE for a wide range of industries can be found on the HSE website here, so be sure to read the information when you start to look for PPE and always buy British when you can.
Reusable PPE and maintenance
PPE can be expensive as many of the items needed to protect staff from the risk of injury and infection require replacement or maintenance. Buy the best that you can afford from a reputable supplier and find out how to properly maintain any items you need to increase their lifespan.
For protection against COVID-19, Wearwell stocks a range of reusable PPE including washable antibacterial facemasks. Our full range can also be shopped online from our online store, with each item clearly stating its intended use and appropriate standards.