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A Guide To Disposable Workwear

Although you might think of workwear as being long-lasting, that’s not always the case. Disposable workwear are items that are designed to be worn once.

While they’re still durable and high quality enough to provide adequate protection against workplace hazards, they’re not designed to be kept. This means they’re perfect for environments where cleaning your PPE thoroughly after use wouldn’t be viable, workplaces where visitors are common, or when working with extremely hazardous materials like asbestos.

Disposable workwear makes up a whole section of PPE, with disposable coveralls, overshoes, hoods, over-sleeves, food industry workwear and aprons available to provide protection for almost any working environment.


Here’s a breakdown of the top pieces of disposable workwear:


Disposable Coveralls – Disposable coveralls from Protec Direct are suitable for providing protection in a wide range of environments and can be supplied in a wide range of colours and sizes. The range provides full body protection from a wide variety of hazards with hooded and flame-retardant coveralls available.


Disposable Overshoes – A wide range of disposable overshoes are available in various styles and materials. They can also be used as boot covers and provide protection from spillages, hazardous areas and harmful atmospheres.


Disposable Hoods – Disposable hoods provide an added layer of protection for the wearer’s head and can be worn under a helmet or as standalone head protection against hazardous dust or chemicals.


Disposable Over Sleeves – Disposable over sleeves provide added protection for the wearer’s lower arm and wrists against harmful chemicals and other workplace hazards.


Food Industry Workwear – The food preparation industry requires high levels of personal hygiene in order to protect customers from contamination. Disposable workwear provides the level of protection required and does not require the constant washing that protective workwear does.


Disposable Aprons – Disposable aprons are suitable for a wide range of catering, manufacturing and industrial applications and can be supplied in either blue or white colours.


Disposable overalls, PPE and the law


The law surrounding PPE and the use of disposable overalls state that equipment provided must protect the user adequately against the hazard and be fit for purpose. The law states PPE should be used when


  • - An inhalation exposure risk remains after other reasonable controls have been put in place
  • - When putting in place other control measures
  • - For emergency work or temporary failure of controls where other measures are unsuitable
  • - When there is in-frequent short-term exposure and other measures may be impractical


How to choose disposable protective clothing


There are a number of key considerations to take into account when supplying disposable protective clothing. These include the wearer, the task in hand and the environment in which the equipment will be used. When selecting the disposable PPE to be used, these key considerations and a basic understanding of what is required to protect the worker must be considered.


  • - The hazardous substance and the amount of the substance that is in the air
  • - The nature of the work being carried out
  • - The form that the hazardous substance will be encountered in e.g. gas, vapour, particle
  • - Any specific worker requirements that may be necessary such as a need to wear spectacles.


Despite maintenance not being required for disposable PPE and RPE, the equipment used should always be checked for faults prior to use and any issues reported.


The Hazards That Require Disposable Protective Clothing


Many workplace hazards can present themselves at short notice or may be infrequent requiring the use of disposable overalls where the use of regular PPE would be inappropriate. Typical hazards include harmful dusts, vapours and mists that may cause damage to skin or clothing. By ensuring that disposable protective equipment is always to hand and easily accessible, the dangers that are often faced can be somewhat allayed. Once the COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) risk assessment has been carried out in order to identify the hazardous substances, the next two key areas to consider are the products being used, and which are classed as hazardous substances.


Employer Requirements


  • - Throughout industries where PPE is required to facilitate normal working or where employees may be at risk to their health and safety, employers must provide this free of charge and ensure it is fit for purpose.
  • - Training should also be provided to ensure employees are aware of the need to wear PPE appropriately and any maintenance or repairs should be provided by the employer.
  • - Always choose safety footwear that suits the user considering weight, size and fit.
  • - All products purchased should carry the CE mark in accordance with the Personal Protection Equipment Regulations 2002


European Standards and Regulations For PPE And Disposable Overalls


  • - Personal Protective Equipment Regulations (2002)


  • - Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations (1992)


Now that you know what disposable PPE is available and what the standards are that govern it, browse our full range of disposable workwear today or call us on 0870 333 3081 for more information.


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