How to look after your Personal protective equipment (PPE)

How to look after your PPE

Published 01/06/2023

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is designed to protect you from hazards in the workplace. It is important to look after your PPE to ensure that it is effective and safe to use. Here are some tips on how to look after your PPE:

  • Read the instructions. Every piece of PPE comes with instructions on how to use and care for it. Read the instructions carefully and follow them to ensure that your PPE is used and cared for properly.
  • Inspect your PPE regularly. Inspect your PPE regularly for signs of damage or wear. If you find any damage or wear, do not use the PPE until it has been repaired or replaced.
  • Store your PPE properly. Store your PPE in a clean, dry, and cool place. Avoid storing your PPE in direct sunlight or in a humid environment.
  • Clean your PPE regularly. Clean your PPE regularly according to the instructions. Cleaning your PPE will help to remove dirt, debris, and contaminants that could reduce its effectiveness.
  • Replace your PPE when necessary. Replace your PPE when it is damaged, worn, or no longer provides adequate protection.

By following these tips, you can help to ensure that your PPE is effective and safe to use.

Here are some additional tips for looking after your PPE:

  • Label your PPE. Label your PPE with your name and the date it was purchased. This will help you to track the age of your PPE and to identify it if it is lost or stolen.
  • Keep your PPE in a designated area. This will help you to keep track of your PPE and to prevent it from being damaged or lost.
  • Do not share your PPE. Sharing PPE can increase the risk of cross-contamination.
  • Do not modify your PPE. Modifying your PPE can reduce its effectiveness and safety.

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