Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) 

Last updated: Tuesday 22 September

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is vital in the city’s response against COVID-19, as well as continuing to provide other crucial services.

The council is actively working to ensure that our staff who need PPE continue to have access to supplies. The council is also committed to supporting as best as it can (subject to supply challenges) other organisations and individual carers if they are struggling to source their own PPE.

The council has developed its guidance on rationale for the use of PPE for its staff and for use by similar services.

The council’s PPE Hub is located at the Brighton Centre. However, please note that no one is permitted to directly visit the Hub to request PPE. The collection is only by invitation.

There are broadly 3 categories of people who may need PPE:

1. If you are employed by the council, please speak to your line manager who will get in touch with the PPE team. For BHCC heads of service, please complete the BHCC Request template

2. If you are an organisation who:

  • is commissioned by Brighton & Hove City Council to provide services on our behalf or
  • works in partnership with the council or
  • is in the city providing services which need PPE

Please use this template to request PPE from the BHCC PPE Hub in case of emergency. PPE assistance will be charged from 14 September 2020 for any stock purchased by BHCC. If we have any items in stock which were provided to us by the national PPE supply teams, we will not charge you for these items. 

3. If you are an individual providing care and are unable to procure your own PPE because of supply challenges, please click on the link below to fill in an online form to request PPE and we will try and assist as best as we can.

Request PPE

If you need any assistance in completing this webform, our Community Hub colleagues are able to support you with this.

Phone 01273 293 117.

For any general inquiries in relation to PPE, please email PPE.Requests@brighton-hove.gov.uk.

What we can do if we are unable to fulfil PPE Requests

If we don’t have sufficient PPE, we will use our Ethical and Prioritisation Framework to make the necessary decisions.

PPE Appeal

We welcome donations of personal protective equipment (PPE). Thank for all the donations we have received.

In order to ensure the equipment is suitable and safe for us to distribute, it must comply with the quality standards as laid down for personal protection equipment and medical devices.

In addition to this, we will require a copy of the Declaration of Conformity (DoC) for the particular item(s) which is provided by the manufacturer of the equipment.

DoC is the regulation/directive to which the product complies. In relation to the DoC, the minimum requirements for details to be included on the DoC are:

  • Name and Address of the Manufacturer
  • Product Description
  • Authorised Representative
  • List of relevant standards that the product has been tested to

Please bring donations to the front entrance of The Brighton Centre. 

Type of PPE or medical device and standard required

Examination Gloves - BS EN 455 - DoC required

Surgical Face Masks (Type IIR) - BS EN 14683:2019 - DoC and test report required

Respirator Masks - BS EN 149:2001 - these comes under the PPE Regulations not the Medical Devices Directive so we need the Eu Type Certificate, DoC & User Instructions

Eye Protection - BS EN 166:2002 - specification for product to verify it conforms to the standard, DoC

Gowns - BS EN 13795:2019 - this is the standard for Medical Device gowns. If they are to be used in AGPs  then they fall under PPE and the standard is BS EN 14605:2005+A1: 2009 (Type 4 – spray tight) OR BS EN 13034:2005 +A1:2009– (Type 6 suits - protection against liquid chemicals) Technical Specification to satisfy the requirements of Annex II of PPE Regulation (EU) 2016/425

Hand Sanitiser/Gel - BS EN 1500:2013. (Alcohol must be the active ingredient in all hand disinfectants, with a minimum alcohol concentration of 70%). A safety data sheet should be supplied. 

Hard Surface Wipes - EN 14447 Certified, Disinfectant AND Detergent, Effective on hard surfaces with suspected Covid-19 contamination

Read our public appeal for PPE to find more information. 

How to put on PPE correctly

The following guidance is for putting on PPE in a health care setting.

Please ensure you are bare below elbows and hair is tied back. If hands are visibly clean decontaminate hands with Alcohol gel or wash hands with soap and water then put on the:

  • Plastic gown with or without long sleeves
  • Remove glasses if necessary
  • FFP3 Respirator / Fluid repellent surgical mask
  • Replace glasses
  • Goggles / Visor
  • Decontaminate hands
  • Gloves with or without long cuffs

Check all PPE is intact and undamaged before use

This video from Public Health England also demonstrates how to put on PPE correctly.

Download advice on wearing PPE in the hot weather

How to take off PPE correctly

The following guidance is available on taking off PPE and disposing of it properly.

  • Remove Gloves (by gripping the glove cuff)
  • Decontaminate hands
  • Remove gown (by rolling down and away
  • Decontaminate hands *
  • Remove glasses if necessary
  • Remove Goggles / Visor without touching the visor
  • Decontaminate hands *
  • Remove respiratory protection (without touching the front)
  • Wash hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer
  • Decontaminate glasses if necessary and decontaminate hands

You can watch this video from Public Health England on removing and disposing of PPE

As well using PPE there are other effective ways which everyone should do to help reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading:

  • Washing your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser gel
  • Catching coughs and sneezes within a tissue and disposing of it properly
  • Avoiding coming within two metres of another person, where possible
  • Advising people you support and care for to maintain the good hygiene practices above
  • Increasing cleaning activity to reduce risk of viruses remaining on surfaces
  • Maintaining ventilation by opening windows whenever safe and appropriate

Disposing of PPE

You should wash and reuse cloth face coverings to prevent and reduce waste. Read guidance on how to make and wear a reusable cloth face covering.

Remove PPE carefully, and avoid touching the inside of your face covering.

After you remove your PPE or face covering, wash your hands or use hand sanitiser.

If you need to throw away used face coverings or PPE, such as gloves:

  • dispose of them in your ‘black bag’ waste bin at home or at work, or a litter bin if you’re outside
  • do not put them in a recycling bin as they cannot be recycled through conventional recycling facilities
  • take them home with you if there is no litter bin - do not drop them as litter

You do not need to:

  • put them in an extra bag
  • store them for a time before throwing them away

If you’re self-isolating

If you or a member of your household is self-isolating at home, follow the stay at home guidance.

To dispose of any face coverings or PPE you or members of your household use when self- isolating, you should:

  • double bag them
  • store them for 72 hours before putting them in a ‘black bag’ waste bin

Do not put them in a recycling bin.

Remove PPE carefully, and avoid touching the inside of your face covering. After you remove your PPE or face covering, wash your hands or use hand sanitiser.

The whole country, and the world is experiencing a huge demand for PPE. If you work for a service or organisation and are concerned about the supply of PPE there is a national helpline:

The National Supply Disruption line
Tel: 0800 915 9964
Email: supplydisruptionservice@nhsbsa.nhs.uk