The Covid-19 outbreak can be a significant test for many businesses. Besides, it also makes us rethink the workplace’s role, what we can do differently to keep good health and safety of people at work, and how PPE can support people to have their best day at work. Traditionally, personal protective equipment (PPE)protects its user against health or safety risks at work.
The use of PPE at work is more important in the age of the COVID-19 pandemic because it exists as a preventative measure against the deadly virus. Hence, business owners must maintain adequate sources and supply of new PPE materials, such as surgical masks or respirators, gloves, sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, infrared thermometers, and other supplies to promote a clean, safe and healthy workplace.
Providing daily and weekly employee “health” kits will encourage people to work safely and responsibly. Workplace professionals should consider the process of welcoming external people into their buildings. To ensure it’s safe and secure for everyone, provide a variety of PPE in the reception area, including masks, gloves, anti-bacterial gel and tissues.
PPE is only one effective measure within a package that comprises administrative and environmental and engineering controls, as described in WHO’s Infection prevention and control of an epidemic- and pandemic-prone acute respiratory infections in health care:
- Administrative controls include ensuring the availability of resources for infection prevention and control measures, such as appropriate infrastructure, the development of clear infection prevention and control policies, facilitated access to laboratory testing, appropriate triage, and placement of patients, adequate staff-to-patient ratios and training of staff.
- Environmental and engineering controls aim at reducing the spread of pathogens and reducing the contamination of surfaces and inanimate objects. They include providing adequate space to allow the social distance of at least 1 meter to be maintained between patients and between patients and healthcare workers and ensuring the availability of well-ventilated isolation rooms for patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 disease.
Here are some of the importance of PPE at work: