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Personal protective equipment

Information for our employees on what personal protective equipment (PPE) to wear, how to use PPE correctly and how to order PPE items.

Separate information is available about the arrangements for personal protective equipment in the private, voluntary and independent sector and for schools and early years providers.

PPE guidance

Our COVID-19 PPE guidance fully reflects what the government and our own risk assessments say to reduce the spread of respiratory infections when delivering personal social care and in other workplace settings.

The guidance is also useful to help stop the spread of other respiratory infections such as Influenza.

Please remember, even when wearing PPE and not carrying out personal care, it is still very important to:

  • wash hands regularly
  • provide adequate ventilation, and
  • maintain sensible distancing from colleagues, members of the public and clients

Our PPE guidance describes what PPE should be worn in different situations in each setting for COVID-19. It should be used in conjunction with relevant infection prevention and control policy and local risk assessments. It supplements existing health and safety guidance about PPE needed for other specific types of work which should continue to be worn as normal.

The guidance also includes information about aerosol generating procedures (AGPs), putting on and removing PPE correctly, and the use of face coverings.

Our employees may also meet workers from other sectors who wear different PPE for their usual day-to-day work. This is normal and is not a cause for concern. The PPE we provide is appropriate to the specific work we do in each setting.

PPE quick guide

Our COVID-19 PPE quick guide summarises what PPE should be worn in common situations in different settings. Further advice is available from your health, safety and wellbeing consultant if needed.

Ordering PPE

We're supplying a range of PPE items directly from our central logistics hub which are not currently available to order through Orderpoint:

  • Personal care nitrile gloves (including low allergy)
  • Plastic aprons
  • Type IIR fluid resistant surgical masks
  • FFP3 respirators (subject to a fit-test by a trained health professional)
  • Face visors
  • Goggles
  • Gowns

Orders for approved uses in accordance with our COVID-19 PPE guidance can be made using the online ordering system. PPE and other items not stocked by the logistics hub should be ordered through Orderpoint as normal.