Proper protection Cromwell Polythene look at the PPE designed for protecting both people and the planet.

It is essential that cleaning operatives are able to work safely, without putting themselves, or indeed anyone else, at risk of injury or infection.

A range of personal protective equipment (PPE) and disposables are used in a number of cleaning tasks to keep operatives safe and prevent cross-contamination. For instance, disposable gloves help to protect operatives working with chemical products, or where there is risk of infection from bacteria, and those providing sanitising requirements within food contact areas.

Any PPE equipment must have strong environmental, quality and performance credentials. This ensures health and safety and hygiene standards are not put at risk, whilst also protecting the environment. So how can buyers in the cleaning sector be sure that the products they are investing in perform to a high standard? Points to address include:

• Is it suitable for the conditions of the job? Ensure the PPE equipment selected meets any standards required for the task, e.g. sterile gloves, food grade gloves.

• Does it offer the right level of protection? Look out for international, independently audited quality standards, including EN standards and ISO quality management principles.

• Ensure that the products you are investing in perform to a high standard by checking for the Cleaning and Hygiene Suppliers Association (CHSA) quality mark – your guarantee that you’re getting what you pay for, or ‘what’s on the box is in the box’.

• There should be no trade-off between effective products and sustainability. Beware of greenwashing – if a product claims environmentally-friendly credentials, it must be able to back this up with independent certification.

• Check for minimum net box weights, which should be clearly marked on the outer carton.

Our Wave range of disposable gloves has a new logo and redesigned, eye-catching packaging. The gloves are suitable for most cleaning applications and are food safe, which means

“Disposable gloves help to protect operatives working with chemical products, or

where there is risk of infection from bacteria.”

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they are highly effective for sanitising requirements within food contact areas.

The high quality, disposable gloves are both latex and powder free, helping to minimise the occurrence of skin irritation. They provide the comfort and performance attributes of latex, but are more cost effective and without the allergy issues with which the material is often associated.

Options available include a blue nitrile examination glove, which has strong barrier properties and has high resistance to oils, fats and chemicals; synthetic examination gloves; and vinyl general purpose gloves. All three types of glove meet ISO13485 and ISO9001, as well as conforming to multiple European Standards such as EN420, EN455, and EN374.

We are committed to supplying the most cost effective, fit- for-purpose products with the lowest environmental impact. For example, our LowCO2

t range, which is engineered to

provide maximum performance using minimal resources. This not only helps to reduce the volume of plastic used, it also helps by cutting carbon emissions during production and transportation.

Finally, it's important that when investing in PPE, employees know why they need it, are trained to use it correctly, and know how to dispose of it correctly after use. Good training equips people with the knowledge to follow best practice and produce excellent results.

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