List of Medical PPE for Coronavirus
Employers must know how to protect their workers from coronavirus with medical PPE
Protecting workers from exposure of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19 with medical PPE is crucial especially in these circumstances.
This includes potential interaction with infectious people and contamination of the work environment.
Employers should adopt prevention and control of infectious diseases and infection control strategies based on a thorough risk assessment, using safe work practices and personal protective equipment (PPE) to prevent exposures.
Workers must perform hand hygiene before and after all contact, contact with potentially infectious material, and before putting on and upon removal of PPE, including gloves.
Hand hygiene in healthcare settings can be performed by frequent hand washing for at least 20 seconds or using alcohol-based hand rubs.
Note: If hands are visibly soiled, use soap and water, not alcohol-based hand rubs.
Healthcare facilities must ensure that facilities and supplies to perform hand hygiene are readily available to all personnel.
Employers must know of the appropriate PPE and provide it to their workers in accordance with the Malaysian OSH Regulations.
Workers must receive training of when to use PPE, which PPE is necessary, how to properly wear, use, dispose PPE, how to properly disinfect and maintain PPE, and the limitations of PPE.
Suggested read: Employer’s Guide to Designing an Effective PPE Program
Any reusable PPE must be properly cleaned, decontaminated, and maintained after and between uses.
Put on clean, non-sterile safety gloves upon entry into the patient room or care areas. Workers must change gloves if they become torn or heavily contaminated.
Remove and discard gloves immediately upon leaving the patient room or care area. If this is taken lightly, the virus can spread instantly.
Medical PPE Gowns
Workers must wear a clean disposable gown upon entry into the patient room or area. If the isolation gown is somehow stained, front liners must change it immediately.
Remove and discard the medical gown straight after leaving the patient room or care area. This ensures that the virus cannot spread anywhere other than the gown itself.
Respirators as Medical PPE
Upon entry to a care area, respiratory protection or a respirator must be worn at all times. There are many respirators such as 3M 6200, 3M 6800, 3M 8210 and 3M 7502.
The respirator should be the last ensemble of the PPE that should be removed.If reusable respirators are used, they must be cleaned and disinfected according to the manufacturer’s reprocessing instructions prior to re-use.
As for disposable respirators, workers must remove and discard them after leaving the patient room or care area and closing the door.
Staff should be medically cleared and fit-tested if using respirators with tight-fitting face protection and trained in the proper use of respirators, safe removal and disposal, and medical contraindications to respirator use.
Browse through our line of OSH certified respirators.
Medical PPE for Eye Protection
Put on eye protection upon entry to the patient room or care area. Workers must remember to remove and discard eye protection immediately upon leaving the patient room or care area.
Reusable eye protection such as a standard safety goggles must be cleaned and disinfected according to its manufacturer’s reprocessing instructions prior to re-use.
Kill the Virus or Be Killed
To date, the coronavirus COVID 19 has since spread throughout the whole world to almost 6, 000, 000 cases and 360, 000 deaths globally.
To flatten the curve, front liners must prepare themselves for the worst by donning the right type of PPE.
Suggested read: How to Choose the Right PPE
Different types of PPE are used together to prevent multiple routes of transmission. So its better to be over prepared than under.
General sequence to put on PPE
- Goggles / Face Protective Gear
General sequence to remove PPE
- Goggles / Face Protective Gear
- Respirator (once the care area doors are closed)
Careful attention must be given to prevent contamination of clothing and skin during the process of wearing and removing PPE.
Stay strong and stay safe.