TIPS ON HOW TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR PPES
Protective equipment also referred to as PPEs are that equipment that consists of garments or wears to protect health care workers and individuals or persons from getting infected.
These usually consist of standard precautions: gloves, face mask. If it is blood or airborne high infections, will include: Face protection, goggles and mask or face shield, gloves, gown or coverall, head cover, rubber boots.
Infection prevention and control measures include, among other measures:
- hand hygiene – washing our hands regularly at least within 20 secs with soap and water
- personal protective equipment- the use of face masks, face shields and sanitizers when in public or in a work environment.
- and waste management materials – proper disposal of these PPEs (e.g. face masks, latex gloves) when we are done using them in trash cans or disposable bags. Below are various ways to maintain your PPEs
While protective wear can prevent injury and death or getting infected during this pandemic/COVID-19 times, improper care of it can be as detrimental as going without protection. Properly maintained PPE is important in ensuring the efficient and effective functioning of the equipment. Apart from protecting the wearer against physical injury, proper upkeep will also keep infections like pink eye (from poorly maintained eye equipment), respiratory complications, etc.
Incorrect care of PPE can quite literally result in the equipment doing the opposite of what it is designed to do, unwittingly giving the wearer a false sense of security.
PPE is sometimes the only barrier between individuals and workplace hazards that can injure, maim, or kill.
PPE that isn’t properly maintained is likely to become worn or damaged.
PPE that isn’t in good condition can’t properly protect you from hazards.
Face masks: Wearing a face mask correctly is very important. A face mask should be disposed of after use, not to be washed and reused unless it is a reusable mask.
Infrared Thermometer It is important for us to take care of it by cleaning it. This can be done by using wipes, preferably medicated wipes to lean off dirt.
Clean face shields regularly with warm water and soap, and allow to air dry.
Store head protection out of the sun, away from extreme temperatures, and in a safe place (like a locker) where it can’t get knocked around and damaged.
Check the headband to make sure that it isn’t stretched or worn and that the hat fits comfortably on the head.
Replace a face shield if it is cracked, dented, or has taken a heavy blow.
Make sure you take good care of their eye protection. For example:
Clean safety glasses and goggles regularly with mild soap and water.
Wash lenses with water before wiping to prevent scratching. (If you don’t have access to clean water, blow dust and grit from lenses before wiping.)
Store eye protection preferably in a clean dust-proof case or in a safe place such as the top shelf of a locker where it won’t get scratched or otherwise damaged.
Replace safety glasses if frames are bent, and replace goggles if headbands are loose, twisted, knotted, or worn. Replace any kind of eye protection if lenses are scratched or pitted and impair vision.