What are the proper steps when putting on PPE:

Step One: Select appropriate Personal protective equipment  (PPE) for your application. This is a very important step because the wrong choices can lead to injury or even death. When in doubt, opt for more protection!

Step Two: Read and understand the manufacturer’s instructions with each piece of equipment before putting it on. If you don’t understand the instructions, do not hesitate to contact a professional for assistance.

Step Three: Put protective clothing in proper order, with each layer fitting snugly against your skin or uniform. Make sure there are no loose ends that could snag and injure you further when moving around. For example, if there is an opening at the back of a garment, be sure to put it on so that the opening is at your back.

Step Four: Put on PPE using one hand (preferably your dominant hand) and keep your other hand free if you need to reach for a tool or another piece of equipment. If there are two straps, ties, snaps, or buttons, always put on the loosest one first.

Step Five: Ensure that all PPE is worn properly and fits snugly, but not to the point where it interferes with your movement or restricts breathing. If you are wearing a face shield, be sure there are no gaps between the edge of the mask and your skin because they can collect hazardous materials that you don’t want to be in direct contact with your skin.

Miranda Paul