PPE: is an acronym that stands for personal protective equipment-a term primarily used by medical professionals to describe items such as masks, gloves, and eye protection. Last year, during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic PPE, became a household name.
Last year, during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic PPE, became a household name. Mainly because PPE is not only used to keep frontline workers safe, it is also used to protect the general public from contracting or spreading the coronavirus.
PPE is one crucial way to stop the spread of COVID because it works as a barrier between a person’s skin, mouth, nose, eyes, and viral and bacterial infections.
While this pandemic has gone on longer than expected and will likely go on for some more time, businesses adjust their practices to serve their customers safely and effectively.
It is necessary to take extra precautions to reduce exposure to and transmission of COVID-19.
In the context of COVID-19—which is spread primarily between people through close contact and droplets, businesses such as spas, hair salons, gyms, and restaurants providing services such as a massage, a facial, grooming, one-on-one training, and services that require close contact with others are now required to have PPE to act as a barrier of protection.
Establishments such as clinics and nursing homes have to take additional precautions as their services require providers to be in close contact with their patients for a prolonged period. In these industries where social distancing can prove challenging, it is crucial for both the person who renders the service as well as the person receiving the service to be adequately protected.
The pandemic has created a need for alternative sites such as long-term care facilities and drive-by facilities specializing in COVID care and testing. These industries have created a greater demand for PPE.
As businesses start to reopen, it is necessary for employees and consumers to take extra precautions to reduce exposure to and transmission of COVID-19. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), “When used properly and with other infection control practices such as hand-washing, using alcohol-based hand sanitizers, and covering coughs and sneezes, (PPE) minimizes the spread of infection from one person to another.” But really, anyone who is coming in contact with other people requires protective gear.
PPE is designed to be used one time and by one person before disposal.
While it is important to use personal protective equipment, PPE must also be appropriately used. “PPE is designed to be used one time and by one person before disposal,” explains the FDA. Therefore, washing and reusing or sharing equipment with other users is not intended.
One thing to be aware of is that protective equipment needs to be handled properly. For example, our brackets allow gloves to be stored properly so that they are not left lying around where they can be exposed to contaminants. Our hand sanitizer stands can be used with most automatic hand sanitizer dispensers, thus reducing waste. Our products are cost-effective and safe for the environment. Please visit our website’s product section to learn more about our protective equipment and how to use it correctly.