Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Healthcare Workers
Make your workplace safe with the right PPE for healthcare workers.
PPE is equipment that will protect workers against health or safety risks while performing their daily tasks. The purpose of PPE is to reduce employee exposure to hazards and workers should not perform at risk task if PPE is not available. Infectious Clothing Company has P2/N95 masks as well as Isolation Gowns with the highest level 4 protection. All of our products have TGA certification
The need for PPE should be based on the precautions required to protect against infectious agents based on the mode of transmission. In the majority of situations where standard respiratory protection is needed there are two types of masks. Masks are classified based on their ability to filter out different amounts and sizes of particle and prevent liquid penetration. The performance is covered under AS4381:2015 and AS1716:2012
High Particulate Respirators (P2/N95) Masks
Healthcare workers should prioritise the use of P2 respirators and other respiratory protection, where available. For 2019nCoV the use of P2/N95 masks should be reserved for aerosolised generating procedures (AGP) or where the risk assessment places the patient in airborne precautions.
When there is a high probability of airborne transmission due to the infectious agent or procedure (e.g. bronchoscopy, intubation), sound scientific principles support the use of P2 respirators to prevent transmission.
P2 respirators are designed to help reduce the wearer’s respiratory exposure to airborne contaminants such as particles, gases or vapours.
While the terms ‘P2 respirator’ and ‘N95 respirator’ are often used interchangeably in the healthcare setting, they are required to meet different standards. In Australia, the requirements for P2 respirators are stated in Standard AS/NZS 1716: 2012. The United States (US) National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH) sets similar standards for the N95 respirator.
Considerations when using a surgical mask include:
Masks should be changed between patients and when they become soiled or wet & never reapplied after they have been removed; masks should not be left dangling around the neck; touching the front of the mask while wearing it should be avoided; hand hygiene should be performed upon touching or discarding a used mask.
Surgical masks are classified as level 1 barrier and level 2 barrier.
Level 1 Barrier is for general purpose medical procedures where the wearer is not at risk of blood or body fluid splash or is being used to protect the wearer to droplet exposure from micro-organisms.
Level 2 Barrier is for use in situations where minimal blood exposure may occur and has a higher filtration efficiency and resistance to blood penetration.
Reusable Protective Face Mask by PacSafe
Infectious is proud to bring our healthcare customers the latest in reusable protective face masks by Pacsafe. These reusable face masks offer a sustainable approach to respiratory protection for the wearer against airborne microbes and particles. The Viral Off and Silver iON masks provide a barrier against droplets and reduction in viruses using Viraloff Polygiene technology or Silver Ions.