Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) We have information on this page to help you understand PPE, when to wear it and how to use it. NEW! Advice on escalated use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) The PPE guidance below is additional to and does not replace the Chief Health Officer (CHO) directives that have been formally issued, and for which compliance is mandatory. Queensland Health Pandemic Response Guidance: Personal Protective Equipment in community health services and in-home care settings Queensland Health Pandemic Response Guidance: Personal Protective Equipment in Healthcare delivery Uniting Care Queensland have developed a video to support workers to put on and take off their PPE correctly. How much PPE will I need? Having the right PPE is important, but so is making sure that your staff are using it properly. Preparing them with some training, access to information and easy to follow guides will minimise wasting PPE. We have some great information here: Queensland Health provides information around PPE here. Importantly, they have an easy to use infographic guide taking you through the steps of putting on your PPE. You can download and share with your staff, print and provide in kits where staff will need them. The Australian Department of Health has developed a fact sheet with interim advice on care of people with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 disease that includes use of PPE and a fact sheet on when to use PPE in Aged Care. Putting on and taking off your PPE – doing these right matters When situations arise where you need to wear PPE, it’s important that you wear it correctly. There is a process for putting it on and taking it off that is easy to learn and remember. Watch a video These videos located on the Australian Department of Health safe use of PPE webpage for Influenza pandemic planning are great to share with your staff, show at team meetings and discuss. They include: Putting on Personal Protective Equipment (11mins) Removing Personal Protective Equipment (6 mins) Selection and Fit testing of P2 or N95 respirator masks (11 mins) The Department of Health has a suite of downloadable pages around key topics that you and your staff delivery services need to know. How to fit and remove a protective gown How to fit and remove a surgical mask How to fit and remove personal protective equipment in the correct order How to fit and remove protective eyewear How to fit and remove protective gloves How to wash and dry hands Prevention and mitigation measures are key! The best things you can do is: Wash your hands regularly Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth Practise social distancing Practise respiratory hygiene. CSIA Industry Hotline 1800 027 420 Didn’t find the resources you need? We want to hear from you about your organisation’s specific needs. Help shape the Industry and State Government’s response to COVID-19 through the CSIA Industry Hotline. It is open Monday to Friday between 8:30am and 5pm for your input, to answer some key questions and to also access a Q&A service of information, resources, tools and referrals.