The Key Issues in Selecting Disposable Protective Clothing

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Disposable protective clothing is a safety clothing designed for use once and then disposed of immediately and properly.

Several workplace environments may expose the workers to dangerous chemicals or materials, this is why these one-time use products are a brilliant safety solution. They are the essential shield that protects front line operators against workplace hazards

This clothing is one of several personal protective types of equipment (PPE) available, they help to ease a safe work environment while maintaining compliance with several regulatory associations the need for protection. This protective gear varies depending on the workplace requirements, common examples are Coveralls, Boot or shoe covers, Hair covers, Earplugs, Face masks, etc. So depending on the work environment and one’s need, one will certainly find the perfect disposable clothing product to meet their specific needs.

What Is Disposable Protective Clothing?

This clothing can be made from non-woven fabric. Although some of this clothing may be rendered useless immediately after use, durability is a key factor to consider in these materials simply because they must keep the wearer safe all through the operation.

Most protective types of equipment are used by a single individual, that is why it is termed “personal” and they are for one-time use. They are simply not materials to be shared and or laundered for many uses.

The gear comes with protective capabilities and this will be altered and rendered ineffective when washed, or disinfected.

Why we need disposable protective clothing?

This clothing can be used in several ways, mostly determined by the work environment and task to be accomplished. The primary aim of this gear is simply to protect the users from the potential dangers in the workplace.

 

When Should I wear disposable protective clothing?

It is very important to select the right protective clothing based on possible environmental hazards. Workplace environments that need this should have the guidelines.

These guidelines determine when to use them and how to dispose of them after use.

Protective clothing can be used in several environments including the industrial fields, medical care, and also for some daily needs, so it important that professional guidelines are considered when stating the need to ensure workers’ safety.

Not all work environments require the use of this type of clothing, and not all its applications are right. Below is a list of common scenarios when disposable protective clothing must be used.

  • When new and Fresh Clothing are required each day: To ensure protective gear has not been contaminated, some work environment require that clothing be brand new each time.

Food processing, medical and lab atmospheres are environment under this category. Since this clothing is only used once, you can be sure it is free from any form of residue or contamination.

  • When Clothing Frequently gets soiled or dirty: Itis the right choice for work in which clothing tends to get excessively soiled or damaged.

In environments like this, the procurement team need not buy and re-purchase expensive protective clothing regularly as it gets dirty too quickly and not reusable. Workers can get as messy as they need to with the disposable options which come at an affordable price, without worrying about whether they will be able to use their gear the following day.

  • When Visitors must put on protective gear: Purchasing expensive protective clothing for visitors might not be worth it. The disposable option is a better alternative for workplaces with occasional visitors who must put on protective kits.

Some specialized industries commonly require this clothing for their day to day operations, these industries include:

  • Health Facilities
  • Chemical Industries
  • Food Processing Industries
  • Equipment Repair stores
  • Construction and deconstruction operations
  • Farming Operations.

 

What are the examples of disposable protective clothing?

There are different types of disposable protective gear, the choice of the gears depends on the type of working environment, the potential hazards, and several other factors depending on the safety standards in such an environment.

Listed below are examples of personal protective types of equipment in general:

  • Protective Coveralls with a hair cover
  • Boot Covers for Feet
  • Earplugs
  • Face masks.

Figure 2: Types of PPE.

Factors in Choosing Your Disposable Protective Clothing

The main goal of this type of clothing is to protect the wearer. Since this clothing isn’t always of the same quality standards as we have varieties, the procurement team will want to consider several factors before deciding what type and the right disposable personal protective types of equipment for their workers. Things to consider include:

  • Firstly, potential hazards in the work area depending on the type of work
  • The actual area of the body these hazards pose a risk to
  • Safety standards must be considered when determining the right materials for the protective clothing

In addition to these factors, answers need to be provided to the following questions before choosing the right PPE

  • The type of substance the clothing might get in contact with and the hygiene level required
  • How is the weather condition in the work area, must the material protect against extreme heat or cold?

In the choice for these clothing, Body-Fit is another point to consider. Some jobs focus on fit, and in others not so much. So depending on the job function, Body-fitted or ill-fitting can be a serious hazard.

These factors and questions will help to get quality products that will stand up to the type of use they’ll endure.

Figure 3: Proper way to Dispose of Protective Clothing.

What are the Safety Standards Associated with Disposable Clothing?

It has been an extensive discussion on disposable protective clothing, but, it is worth noting that workers must also be trained in the proper use and care of these clothing and all worn or damaged equipment must be replaced. Training standards that must be given to workers include:

  • When should I use this type of clothing?
  • Proper training on how to wear, take them off, and adjust this clothing during operations.
  • The limitations when using these clothing, this is to caution those who consider the clothing as a total protecting from hazards.
  • Finally, how to properly dispose of the clothing.

These are the factors to consider in the choice of disposable protective clothing, how to use, and dispose of them.