FREE DELIVERY for all orders over £99

24HR DISPATCH on selected items

14 DAYS RETURN based on our return & replace policy

Need help or advice?
01732 922 035

The Dos and Don'ts of Personal Protective Equipment

by Kate Grigorenko on March 19, 2023

The protection you can get from personal protective equipment (PPE) is limited. In fact, it's never going to be 100% effective against every chemical, liquid, or gas you come across at work. That's why it's important to follow the manufacturer's instructions when using PPE and always make sure it fits properly.

Do Wear Close-Fitting, Well-Made Masks, Goggles, And Gloves

When working with chemicals, it's important to wear the right personal protective equipment (PPE). This means wearing the correct type of ffp3 masks for the chemical you're dealing with.

If you'll be working with toxic or carcinogenic substances such as asbestos or lead dust and fumes, then make sure that you are using an approved respirator that fits properly - and make sure it hasn't expired!

The Dos and Don'ts of Personal Protective Equipment

Do Wear Chemical-Resistant Protective Clothing

Chemical-resistant protective clothing should be made of a material that will not absorb the chemical and must be tailored to fit properly. It should also be durable, heavy-duty, and not easily damaged by chemicals. Finally, it's important to replace your chemical-resistant protective clothing if it becomes damaged or worn out

Don't Rely On clothing Or Gloves For Protection

Clothes and disposable gloves are not designed to protect against chemicals. They can be damaged by chemicals, heat, sharp objects, and other hazards.

  • Clothing is not an adequate substitute for PPE. If you think your clothes will protect you from a chemical splash or spill, think again! Clothes may have holes in them where the material has been weakened by repeated washing cycles or by being worn out over time (even if they were new when purchased). The seams on the garments could also become loose during use which would allow chemicals to penetrate through the clothing easily without any barrier at all between them and their skin surface.
  • Work gloves are not designed for protection against heat sources such as flame-retardants so don't rely on them alone as a safeguard against burns.

Don't Wear Cotton Or Wool Near Hazardous Materials

Cotton and wool are not resistant to chemicals, so they can absorb them. This means that if you use protective gloves made from these materials, the chemicals will be absorbed into your skin and cause irritation or other health problems. In addition, both cotton and wool are easily damaged by heat (which is common in industrial environments) as well as moisture; if you're working with anything hot enough to melt plastic, then those materials probably won't hold up either!

Don't Use Anything Made From PVC Or Any Other Vinyl Product

Don't use anything made from PVC or any other vinyl product, including coated fabrics. They don't provide adequate protection against many chemicals. Also, they can melt in high-heat situations, which is why the fire department won't let you wear them when fighting fires (even though they look so cool).

Do Wear Close-Fitting, Well-Made Masks, Goggles, And Gloves

Don't Rely On PPE To Protect You From All Chemicals

When you're wearing PPE, it's important to remember that it's not perfect. While PPE can help protect workers from many chemical spills and splatters, there are some chemicals that are simply too strong for the equipment. If a worker is exposed to these chemicals without proper protection, they may suffer serious injury or even death.

In addition to using personal protective equipment in combination with other safety measures such as respirators and eye protection, you should also replace worn or damaged pieces of PPE immediately so that they don't become ineffective at their job of protecting your body from harm.

Always Follow The Manufacturer's Instructions For Each Item Of PPE And Make Sure It Fits Properly

Always follow the manufacturer's instructions for each item of PPE and make sure it fits properly.

  • Wear PPE that fits properly. If you wear your respirator or mask incorrectly, it won't do its job well and may even be dangerous. Make sure your respirator doesn't feel too tight or loose around your face; if it does, adjust the straps until you find a comfortable fit.

  • Make sure all clothing items are long enough so they don't ride up when moving around (this is especially important for gloves). Your gloves should also be thick enough to protect against sharp objects but thin enough that they don't restrict movement or cause discomfort while working with tools.* Remember: The goal here isn't just to protect yourself from injury--it's also about protecting others from being exposed to any harmful substances in case something happens while using these tools.

Always Follow The Manufacturer's Instructions For Each Item Of PPE And Make Sure It Fits Properly

We hope we've been able to give you a better understanding of what PPE is and how it can protect you from chemical spills and splashes. Remember, the most important thing is to always follow the manufacturer's instructions for each item of PPE and make sure it fits properly.