Employers must know how to protect their workers with PPE for Covid-19.
Medical PPE for Covid-19
Protecting workers with medical PPE for COVID-19 is crucial.
This includes potential interaction with infectious people and contamination of the work environment.
Hence, carry out control of infections and strategies based on a thorough risk assessment.
Also, use safe work practices and personal protective equipment (PPE) to prevent exposures.
How to protect myself and others from COVID-19?
Perform hand hygiene before and after all contact, contact with an infectious substance, and wearing and taking off PPE.
Also, practice regular hand washing for at least 20 seconds or with alcohol-based wipes.
Note: If hands are visibly soiled, use soap and water, not alcohol-based hand rubs.
Ensure that materials to perform hand hygiene are readily available to all personnel.
Certainly, employers must know which PPE is suitable for their workers under the Malaysian OSH Regulations.
Moreover, workers must receive training of when to use PPE and which is necessary. Also, 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
Clean, decontaminate and maintain any reusable PPE properly.
Medical Gloves PPE for Covid-19
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.
Then, remove and discard gloves immediately upon leaving the patient room or care area. If this is lightly taken, 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 PPE for Covid-19
In brief, upon entry to a care area, wear respiratory protection or a respirator at all times. There are many respirators such as 3M 6200, 3M 6800, 3M 8210 and 3M 7502.
Furthermore, remove the respirator last of all medical PPE worn. Then, clean and disinfect reusable respirators according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
However, for disposable respirators, remove and discard after leaving the care area and closing the door.
Staff should be medically cleared and fit-tested before using respirators. They should also know the how to use, remove and dispose them properly.
Browse through our line of OSH certified respirators.
Put on eye protection upon entry to the patient room or care area. Workers must remove and discard eye gear immediately when leaving the care area.
Clean and disinfect reusable eye gear such as standard safety goggles according to the instructions.
Choose the Right Medical PPE for Covid-19
To date, the COVID 19 has spread throughout the whole world to 1.32 million cases and 2.86 million deaths globally.
Therefore, 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
Also, ese different types of PPE together to prevent multiple routes of transmission. Because 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 (after closing the care area doors)
In conclusion, give careful attention to prevent contamination of clothing and skin during the process of wearing and removing PPE.
Stay strong and stay safe.