Here’s how to use your PPE correctly…
Incorrect procedures for donning or doffing personal protective equipment (PPE) can cause exposure to hazardous materials and contamination of food or other critical areas, leading to serious health ramifications and that’s not fun for anyone!
Product Development Manager of ProChoice Safety Gear, Brad Rodgers, said the key concern is creating a barrier between wearers’ skin and contaminants, pathogens or other hazardous materials, and that workers must be given the necessary tools and training.
“A PCBU has a requirement to ensure staff are trained in the effective and safe selection, use, maintenance and disposal of PPE,” Rodgers said.
He added that while both are important, the process of doffing (removing) PPE is more critical than the process of donning (putting on).
Not sure of the process? Here’s a quick guideline to make sure you’re staying safe on the job…
Sequence for donning PPE
- Fully cover torso from neck to knees, arms to end of wrists, and wrap around the back.
- Fasten at the back of neck and waist
- Secure ties or elastic bands at middle of head and neck
- Fit flexible band to nose bridge
- Fit snug to face and below chin
- Fit-check respirator
- Place over face and eyes and adjust to fit
- Extend to cover wrist of isolation gown
Always use safe work practices:
- Keep hands away from face
- Limit surfaces touched
- Change gloves when torn or heavily contaminated
- Perform hand hygiene
Process for doffing PPE
Perform hand hygiene between steps if hands become contaminated and immediately after removing all PPE.
Gloves and gown
- Your gown front, sleeves and the outside of gloves are contaminated!
- If your hands get contaminated during gown or glove removal, immediately wash your hands or use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser.
- Grasp the gown in the front and pull away from your body so that the ties break, touching outside of gown only with gloved hands.
- While removing the gown, fold or roll the gown inside-out into a bundle.
- As you are removing the gown, peel off your gloves at the same time, only touching the inside of the gloves and gown with your bare hands. Place the gown and gloves into a waste container
- Outside of goggles or face shield are contaminated!
- If your hands get contaminated during goggle or face shield removal, immediately wash your hands or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- Remove goggles or face shield from the back by lifting head band and without touching the front of the goggles or face shield
- If the item is reusable, place in designated receptacle for reprocessing. Otherwise, discard in a waste container
- Front of mask/respirator is contaminated — DO NOT TOUCH!
- If your hands get contaminated during mask/respirator removal, immediately wash your hands or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- Grasp bottom ties or elastics of the mask/respirator, then the ones at the top, and remove without touching the front
- Discard in a waste container