Personal Protective Equipment
When a first responder attends an incident involving an unknown substance they use maximum precaution including sealed suits with self contained breathing apparatus. This equipment is worn until such time that the unknown substance is positively identified or no longer poses a threat.
Staff who work in the mailroom need to ensure they wear appropriate PPE to minimize the risk from unknown substances as well as day to day grime. The following items of PPE have been selected in order to achieve the balance between maximum protection with minimum intrusion.
In some countries PPE is now a mandated necessity where a workplace hazard is identified. It is also provided as the employer has a Duty of Care to protect the staff and provide a safe working environment.
Just remember PPE is provided for your safety and that of your workmates. Do you want to place your workmate in a position of harm because you failed to protect yourself appropriately?