HSE e Bulletin Issued: 13 July 2021 HSE will launch a formal 4 week consultation exercise on amendments to the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992. Please read below for further information

Changes to the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 (PPER)

HSE is consulting on changes to the PPER 1992. We encourage you to draw the attention of your stakeholders and other interested parties to this consultation launching on Monday 19 July 2021 and running for 4 weeks.

The consultation can be accessed via HSE Consultation Hub from this date.

The aim of the consultation is to understand the impact on stakeholders and businesses of extending the scope of the employers’ duties under the PPER to workers and not only employees.

 

 

 

Domestic laundering of nurses’ uniforms: what are the risks?

Article published in Nursing Times.

With rises in healthcare-acquired infections (HCAIs) and antibiotic resistance, understanding transmission routes of bacteria is paramount. One possible route is nurses’ uniforms, which they wash at home. A study found that trusts’ policies on home laundering were inconsistent and that staff did not always follow guidance. Another study showed that, when contaminated and sterile fabric samples were washed at 40°C, a small number of Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus bacteria survived and cross-contamination occurred. This article details the two studies, describes the regulatory environment and discusses how to ensure adequate decontamination of uniforms.

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NHS England give green light for supply of reusable gowns!!!!

Has reported on Linkedin.

Yellow reusable isolation gowns get the green light!
Elis is working alongside NHS England and Improvement (NHSEI) to pilot a new supply of Reusable Isolation Gowns designed to deliver a more sustainable approach to Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) during the Covid-19 pandemic. The project involves a phased national roll-out of protective Reusable Isolation Gowns to NHS Trusts across England. These gowns are processed at our Elis dedicated facilities, which have been specifically developed to meet stringent industry standards for quality, performance and hygiene. Providing a more environmentally friendly and cost-efficient alternative to single-use products, the gowns can be worn and laundered up to 75 times each without compromising protection levels.

Is your laundry provider struggling to provide a service?

The TSA (Textile Services Association) has advised the Society that their members would be available to provide a service to NHS trusts should their present laundry service be compromised as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak. However we would advise anyone to undertake a risk assessment/audit of their facilities and policies to ensure they meet the requirements as specified by the Department of Health as to their ability to provide a safe service.  For further information