Using PPE during coronavirus

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Guidance to help employers, employees & self-employed understand how to work safely using PPE during coronavirus pandemic

The guide sets out principles and practical steps for employers and employees to keep themselves and their workplaces safe. This is intended to be universal and does not replace existing legislation or industry-specific guidance.

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Personal protective equipment (PPE)

  • Employers must continue to provide PPE as required by their risk assessments.
  • Face masks and gloves play an important role in preventing the spread of the virus. Employers must review the advice as it is updated by the Government.


  • Evidence suggests that the virus can exist for up to 72 hours on surfaces. Therefore, ensure regular cleaning and disinfecting of touchpoints, such as door handles, handrails, lift buttons, vending machines, and biometric clocking‑in systems, using cleaning methods and products in line with the manufacturer’s guidance. Cleaning frequency should reflect how often touchpoints are used.
  • Setting clear use and cleaning guidance for toilets.
  • Ensure washing facilities and hand sanitiser supplies are kept stocked up.
  • Consider the use of a pedal, rather than hand-operated waste bins, where possible.
  • Consider the use of hand towels, rather than air hand dryers, where possible.
  • Seek to minimise the use of shared tools, if this is not possible, then the equipment must be cleaned between each user.

Personal hygiene

  • Encouraging people to follow guidance on handwashing and hygiene.
  • Provide hand sanitiser around the workplace, in addition to washrooms.
  • Consider the use of hand towels, rather than air hand dryers, where possible.
  • There is some evidence that the virus can stay on fabrics for a few days, although usually, it is shorter. Therefore, if you are working with people outside your household, wash your clothes regularly.

Further guidance on working safely during coronavirus

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