Personal protective equipment (PPE) is an umbrella term for the wearable products designed to protect wearers from injury, infection, and illness. The types available range from clothing (e.g., coveralls and gloves) to headgear (e.g., face shields, goggles, and helmets) to equipment (e.g., respirators).
Industry professionals employ PPE for many different purposes. The design of the equipment employed varies depending on the intended use case. For example, in infectious disease control (IDC) applications, PPE is designed and constructed as a barrier between the infectious material—both viral and bacterial—and the wearer’s eyes, mouth, nose, and skin. When worn and used properly, it is effective at preventing the spread of infectious diseases and illness.
At Paulson Manufacturing, we specialize in manufacturing protective gear for industry professionals. Our IDC PPE products meet the highest standards for quality and reliability, ensuring that medical practitioners to first responders can rely on them when the time comes.
Why Use PPE in the Healthcare Work Environment?
In workplaces where exposure to infectious material through inhalation or skin absorption is expected, such as medical offices and facilities, the use of proper personal protective equipment is critical. In addition to preventing the wearer from contracting an illness or disease due to unprotected exposure in the first place, PPE—when worn properly—reduces the risk of it spreading from one person to another. While it may not be 100% effective at preventing contraction or spread, it can mitigate the chance of either occurring.
Beyond infectious substances, PPE also protects workers from breathing or touching other potentially hazardous materials, such as cleaning chemicals and solvents. Similar to bacteria and viruses, these substances can cause adverse short-term and long-term health effects, depending on the exact composition.
Industrial Applications of PPE
Across industry, employees are subjected to conditions that, without the proper protective gear, can cause injury, illness, and, in the most severe cases, death. Employing the right PPE reduces the chance of any of these occurring.
Personal protection equipment finds application in a wide range of industries, including the following:
- Food and beverage
- Healthcare and medical
- Oil and gas
- Power and energy
- Other Government services
Among healthcare and medical industry workers, infectious disease control PPE products are the most commonly employed. These products include goggles and face shields, both of which are specifically designed and constructed to protect facial orifices against droplets, splashes, and sprays produced through bodily functions when in close contact with potentially sick patients.
Infectious Disease Control PPE Solutions From Paulson Manufacturing
At Paulson Manufacturing, our infectious disease control personal protective equipment product offerings are:
- Disposable face shields. These disposable face shields are designed to mitigate the risk of contamination from exposure to bodily fluids. They feature brow pads and universal elastic bands for comfort adjustments. If needed, they can be rolled up to fit into small spaces for easy access.
- Disposable goggles. These goggles are lightweight and designed to be disposed of after use in splash protection applications. They feature anti-fogging interiors and foam face pads and universal elastic straps for comfort adjustments. If needed, they can be rolled up to fit into small spaces for easy access.
- Reusable face shields. Our IDC Snap System can be easily assembled within seconds, can be washed and sanitized and offers a 90% cost savings when compared to disposables.
Contact us today to learn more about our IDC PPE products or place an order today.