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