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Personal Protective Equipment – how to choose the best protective coveralls?

Coverall suits are an important piece of personal protective equipment (PPE) and they are used in a wide variety of work environments. Whether dealing with chemicals, sparks, or bodily fluids, a coverall suit will protect your employees and help you meet the required safety standards.

There are different types of coverall suits available and you must select the right PPE coverall for your specific job. We’ve put this blog together to help you choose the best safety protective coverall suit for your needs.

Why are protective coverall suits important?

Many workers are exposed to potentially hazardous materials on the job. For example, research by Ansell found that 65% of workers in the automotive, machinery, and chemical industries come into contact with harmful chemicals regularly.

Exposure to chemicals or other hazards such as sparks and bodily fluids can cause serious health complications and injuries. Employers have a legal responsibility under the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 to provide workers with appropriate PPE and training in its usage.

A protective coverall suit will protect your workers against contamination from a wide range of hazards in your working environment, ranging from liquid chemicals, oils, airborne substances, dust, and more.

What are the categories of coverall suits used in the cleaning industry?

Disposable protective suit

A disposable protective suit is single-use and can provide a protective barrier against dust, dirt, and non-hazardous liquids.

Disposable safety clothing is popular because it is affordable and eliminates the risk of cross-contamination that can occur when PPE coverall suits are re-used.

Coverall suit categories

PPE coverall suits are available in three categories:

  • Category I: minimal risks e.g. superficial injuries
  • Category II: any risks not included in category I or III
  • Category III: serious risks e.g. death or irreversible consequences to health

You can learn more about the PPE categories by reading the government legislation.

It is important that you purchase coveralls from a reputable company that specialises in protective material coveralls production.

At Ultima, we offer Category III coverall suits that are suitable for hazardous cleaning activities such as asbestos removal, blood and bodily fluid cleanup, and protection against the cleaning agents produced by fogging machines.

Suggested reading: PPE Tips for Cleaners

What should I consider when choosing a coverall suit?

Different tasks require different safety coverall suits so it’s important to consider the application carefully. For instance, employees doing basic cleaning tasks may require a basic disposable coverall suit whereas employees handling potentially harmful substances e.g. corrosive chemicals will require a PPE suit that offers a higher level of protection.

If you are unsure which PPE your employees should be using, please contact our team who will be happy to assist and help you find the best coveralls for your requirements.

Where can I buy a protective coverall suit?

At Ultima, we stock a wide range of PPE including waterproof category III coverall suits, hooded coverall suits, and disposable safety clothing.

We also stock a wide range of other protective clothing items such as safety helmets, safety gloves, and safety visors

Get in touch if you have any questions about protective coverall suits or any other type of PPE – we are always happy to help!

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