Things to Consider When Choosing Healthcare PPE in Bristol Since March 2020 Personal Protective Equipment or PPE has been synonymous with the NHS and healthcare but in Bristol, NHS PPE requirements go back long before Covid. In a healthcare or social care environment in Bristol a risk assessment needs to be carried out to identify what PPE is required to ensure the health and safety of employees who are potentially coming into daily contact with disease, viruses and germs. Standard Healthcare PPE includes: Disposable aprons Disposal gloves Fluid Repellent Type IIR surgical masks Eye protection in the form of protective goggles or face shields One of the biggest changes in healthcare PPE since the Covid-19 pandemic started is the increased use of masks and face shields. However, getting the right mask and the right fit is essential to guarantee maximum safety for employees. Different masks include: Loose fitting over the nose and mouth which protects others from the wearer’s bodily fluids. Tight fitting FFP3 creates a seal and protects the wearer and others. If your healthcare environment requires a mask which creates a facial seal, then it is a legal requirement to get a Face Fit test. Stronghold Global are more than happy to do this for you, and with our well-trained dedicated team we can assure the masks are a perfect fit to protect the health and safety of your employees. Stronghold Global have worked closely with North Bristol NHS Trust with their PPE and healthcare workwear needs including nitrile gloves, 3M respirators and other essential supplies. However, Stronghold PPE offer more than PPE workwear and we worked closely with the Trust to improve their whole PPE provision process including: Warehousing and distribution Bespoke product sourcing Compliance and conformity testing Consignment stock With Stronghold Global’s workwear procurement portal the legislated NHS PPE and healthcare workwear can be ordered by any authorised member of staff and delivered to any Bristol address, normally the next day. The portal provides all the information needed in one place, from price and declarations of conformity through to data sheets and technical specifications. Reports can then be produced helping departments keep track of PPE and workwear purchasing data, purchasing trends, and vulnerable areas as well as PPE expiry dates or monthly purchasing spend. For a free, no obligation PPE and workwear audit Stronghold Global are waiting for your call, 0845 208 4500, or email [email protected].