In this article we’ll answer some common Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) questions.


This article has been medically approved by Superintendent Pharmacist Shilpa Shailen Karia, MRPharmS. - GPhC Reg No: 2087328

In our article below we’ll look at some common questions surrounding Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including if you can store hand sanitiser in a car, how to clean a face shield, and how to store PPE properly.

How do I store hand sanitiser?

Hand sanitiser should be stored out of reach, and sight, of children. It should not be stored above 40°c (for example, it should not be stored in a car during the summer months).

Can I wash and re-use gloves?

No. Disposable gloves should only be used once.

Which face coverings can I re-wear?

Typically, a foam or fabric face covering can be re-worn whilst an N95, surgical, or FFP3 masks are single use only. You should follow available manufacturer’s instructions.

Do I need to wash a covering every time I wear it?

Washable face coverings should be washed after every day of use. [1]

How do I clean a face shield?

Before cleaning you should check the manufacturer’s instructions to see if they have any advice regarding care instructions. If these are unavailable, a good way to keep your shield clean is by:

  1. Thoroughly wash your hands
  2. Using a clean cloth and gentle detergent or a cleansing wipe, carefully and thoroughly clean the outside of the shield
  3. Repeat the same on the inside of the shield
  4. Dry fully, either by air drying or using paper towels
  5. Thoroughly wash hands again

Is it a legal requirement to wear a face covering?

As of the 15th June 2020, people using public transport in England are required to wear a face covering at all times. Failure to comply could result in being refused travel or face a fine. [2]

Some taxi companies have also announced that they will require all drivers and passengers to wear face coverings. [3]

It’s currently not compulsory to wear a face covering in shops. *

*Accurate as at 02/07/2020

How do I store PPE?

All PPE should be stored in a cool, clean, dry place. You might like to choose a set place in your home, like a drawer or cupboard, to store all PPE. This means it is easily accessible to all members of the household to use.

[1] https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/how-to-wash-cloth-face-coverings.html

[2] https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-rules-on-face-coverings-coming-in-on-monday-will-help-keep-passengers-safe

[3] https://www.uber.com/en-CA/blog/your-safety-during-the-new-normal/