An Introduction to PPE

Here at Hardshell UK, we are a manufacturer of high quality certified PPE; wearable equipment that millions of people are in huge need of as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak. While the news is filled with concerns surrounding PPE shortages and people on social media coming up with various homemade alternatives, the majority of us are unaware of what PPE actually is, the items the term covers and the purpose it serves.
Below, we provide a brief introduction to PPE.

What is PPE?

PPE stands for Personal Protective Equipment, being a term that covers a variety of protective items used for various purposes. Where in the context of the Covid-19 outbreak will likely be the first time you have heard of PPE, PPE is commonly used across the globe, helping protect people against health or safety risks at work. This includes both physical injuries to the body and infections, with PPE designed to combat hazards that involve electric, heat, chemicals, biohazards, and airborne particulate matter.

Typical PPE items include masks, gloves, safety helmets, eye protection, aprons, high-visibility clothing, safety footwear, safety harnesses as well as respiratory protective equipment (RPE).

PPE and COVID-19

PPE is required to reduce the risk of transmission of Coronavirus,  with items in dire need amongst essential workers operating on the front line. This includes NHS and care workers who are coming into contact with large numbers of people with the virus. However, as social distancing guidelines alter and change, the need for PPE has grown, with those operating in essential industries such as construction, manufacturing, healthcare, and utilities now in need of PPE.

This is because the virus is spread through close contact and droplets, not by airborne transmission. This means wearing masks, aprons and gloves go a long way in protecting a PPE wearer. Basically, PPE creates a barrier between the wearer and anyone they come into contact with.

PPE shortages

As you will no doubt know, the pandemic has brought with it a huge need for PPE, with shortages of such equipment considered to be a contributing factor to our worrying death rate here in the UK. From the government being criticized for not pre-ordering enough PPE kits when news of the pandemic broke in China to PPE production rates being low across the globe, there are many reasons this shortage exists. This has led to all types of businesses turning their attention to PPE production, with manufacturers switching to PPE design and production to navigate us through this pandemic.

Order PPE

If you are in charge of an organisation that requires PPE and are running critically low on equipment then you have come across the right website. This is because here at Hardshell UK, we are an experienced PPE distributor, sending PPE items across the globe to those in need.