Help to use PPE correctly
2,000 small businesses will receive a small starter pack of PPE if they successfully request a pack. However, the county council hold no responsibility for how the PPE is used. If you are small business who has received a PPE pack from the council, it is your responsibility to do a risk assessment to make sure that you are Covid secure. It is also your responsibility to understand the requirements of the Health and Safety Executive regarding how to effectively use PPE.
Staffordshire County Council’s Trading Standards gives the following advice and is signposting to free online PPE advice:
How to use PPE
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has warned that KN95 facemasks are not suitable PPE.
Although the KN95 facemasks are available to purchase they do not meet PPE regulations and therefore will not necessarily protect persons against the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
HSE reports that approximately 90% of concerns surrounding PPE involve KN95 masks, with the executive finding that many are being sold with fraudulent paperwork. So far, HSE has quarantined over 1.5 million KN95 facemasks.
As a result of COVID-19 pandemic there is an increased risk of malicious scams targeting businesses to help combat this the National Trading Standards have launched Business Against Scams, a free online training tool aimed at help educate and protect businesses.