Personal protective equipment (PPE) for care workers
Public Health England have published guidance on how to use personal protective equipment safely including safely disposing used equipment.
Personal protective equipment (PPE) are items such as aprons, gloves, fluid repellent surgical masks and goggles.
If the individual being cared for has symptoms of Covid-19, care workers including Personal Assistants should use PPE for activities that bring them into close personal contact, such as washing and bathing, personal hygiene and contact with bodily fluids.
New personal protective equipment must be used for each episode of care. It is essential that personal protective equipment is stored securely within disposable rubbish bags.
These bags should be placed into another bag, tied securely and kept separate from other waste within the room. This should be put aside for at least 72 hours before being put in the usual household waste bin.
Home care providers will routinely be buying PPE. Additional support will be given to Adult Social Care providers to access PPE as necessary. Your care provider can contact Adult Social Care by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone them on 020 7974 4000 (option 1) if they have any questions .
Home care providers will routinely be buying PPE. Additional support will be given to Adult Social Care providers to access PPE as necessary.