Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

1. What is PPE and how to use it

Personal protective equipment (PPE) for infection control is equipment that, if put on and taken off properly, will protect people against health or safety risks at work.

It can include:

  • disposable gloves
  • aprons
  • face masks
  • eye protection

PPE is used to:

  • protect workers from becoming infected by people with infections
  • protect people receiving care, vulnerable to infection, from being infected by workers
  • prevent the spread of infection

You can find guidance on PPE, and infection prevention and control (IPC) for both health and social care settings and non-health and social care settings on the GOV.UK website.

Find guidance on PPE

You can also email:

Public Health England have produced the following guidance posters:

Find guidance on hand hygiene from the World Health Organisation below:

You can also watch a Royal Society for Public Health video.

Providers of social care in Stockport

If you provide social care in Stockport, including volunteer drivers, you can download the Coronavirus Infection Prevention Advice version 13, 18 May 2020 (PDF 5.3Mb) which contains advice and guidance on:

  • risk assessment
  • which PPE to use in different circumstances, including volunteer drivers
  • disposing of PPE and laundry
  • PPE ordering information
  • aerosol generating procedures