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  • How to make PPE last as long as possible



    The shortage of PPE at present is of huge concern. While every effort is being made to supply what is needed, it is also vital to ensure that what supplies are available last as long as possible, obviously with safety as the key priority.

    The following items are in short supply and likely to be so for months to come:

    • Disposable gloves
    • Disposable aprons, sleeves, ‘paper’ suits etc.
    • Any masks, mostly FFP2 and FFP3 rated
    • Face shields / visors and safety glasses
    • Sanitizers
    • Paper towels and toilet rolls


    The Government has updated PPE guidance following the COVID-19 pandemic, in particular for workers in the health and care sectors. Click here to see the updates as of April 2020. This guidance relates to the use of both disposable and reusable PPE.

    Here are some suggestions for ways to make reusable PPE last for as long as possible.


    Non-disposable items: laundering and cleaning

    Before washing garments, close all fastenings such as zips or buttons, check pockets and turn items inside out.

    Before cleaning PPE always check the care label and / or the manufacturer’s instructions. Choosing a suitable cleaning agent is a crucial element of effective workwear and PPE care and maintenance. Non-biological detergent is best for waterproof and breathable fabric, for example. Rubber gloves should be cleaned with mild soap or bleach-free detergent and tepid water and thoroughly rinsed to remove all traces of soap or detergent residue

    Also check the advisable highest temperature and drying instructions. While UV rays can help to break down COVD-19, for example, it can also damage the effectiveness of PPE materials so a warm, dry area may be preferable to leaving items to dry in the sun once they have been thoroughly cleaned.


    Storing is an important part of PPE care and a well thought out storage system can also. Correct storage of PPE reduces the likelihood of contamination and damage from harmful substances, high humidity, heat and light as well as helping you to manage stock levels.

    • Set clear expectations for PPE users on what they need to use, how to access it and how to store it. Provide written guidelines on proper storage procedures.
    • Ensure employees have clear, updated training on the use of PPE and are aware of a clear process to report any loss or destruction or any fault in PPE items.
    • Have a named person responsible for storage and managing stock levels of PPE.
    • Mark PPE storage areas clearly.
    • For PPE left at work after use each day, allocate storage space for employees to return their clothing and equipment. This will make inspections easier and reduce the possibility of losses.
    • Store items in a dry, clean area with enough space to clearly label and easily retrieve individual items.
    • Avoid keeping PPE near chemicals, oil or other hazardous substances.

    You can find more up to date guidance on PPE at the HSE website here: www.hse.gov.uk/toolbox/ppe.htm


    As always our team are here to help you. Please do keep in touch with us and we’ll work with you to support you at this difficult time. Email us at sales@cisafety.com or call 01726 74264.





    Covid-19 update

    We hope you are well and keeping safe.

    This is an urgent update regarding the effects of Covid-19 on the global supply chain in terms of pricing and lead times.

    Essential orders by the UK Government have meant that many of our suppliers have had their entire stock or raw material requisitioned for use by the NHS.  Additionally, the closure of borders across the world has caused delays with getting products out of the countries where they are manufactured. Finally, the effect of the current demand has meant price wars and shortages which have driven some cost prices to spiral, in some cases by more than double, but on average by 20%. Please note, not all products are affected.

    We support the emergency services in all they are doing, but we recognise that these shortages will impact on every business. We are working constantly to source new products or alternative materials, to forward-buy and to look at supply chain efficiencies to help keep any increases to a minimum.

    This means that for the foreseeable future every order will be confirmed and any changes agreed before proceeding. This also means we can confirm stock availability.

    Please keep sending your orders, queries, concerns even your worries – this is an extremely difficult time for many and we would like you to know that if you just want to talk you can talk to us. Even if the end is still some way off we have come so far – don’t give up now!

    So keep up the emails, phone calls, keep positive and we will beat this together. If there is anything we can do please ask, even if you think it’s not what we normally do – we’d love to help any way we can!

    Please stay safe!

    The sales team is still available to take calls, video conference and email, and so if you have any queries or requests for information please do not hesitate to get in touch using the normal contact details.

    Tel: 01726 74264
    Email: sales@cisafety.com

    We will continue to do all we can so that we can maintain this vital supply to the frontline services that are in greatest need.

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