Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) 

Last updated Thursday 21 May

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is vital in the city’s response against COVID-19, as well as continuing to provide other crucial services.

The council is actively working to ensure that our staff who need PPE continue to have access to supplies. The council is also committed to supporting as best as it can other organisations and individual carers if they are struggling to source their own PPE, however we are also experiencing supply challenges.

The council has developed it’s guidance on rationale for the use of PPE for its staff and for use by similar services.

There are broadly 3 categories of people who may need PPE:

  1. If you are employed by the council, please speak to your line manager who will get in touch with the PPE team
  2. If you are an organisation who is commissioned by Brighton & Hove City Council to provide services on our behalf or you work in partnership with the council or you are an organisation in the city providing services which need PPE, please fill in this form and share with your key council contact. They will be able to screen your request and then liaise with the PPE team on your behalf.
  3. If you are an individual providing care, please click on the link below to fill in an online form to request PPE 

Request PPE

PPE Appeal

We welcome donations of personal protective equipment (PPE). Thank for all the donations we have received.

In order to ensure the equipment is suitable and safe for us to distribute, it must comply with the quality standards as laid down for personal protection equipment and medical devices.

In addition to this, we will require a copy of the Declaration of Conformity for the particular item(s) which is provided by the manufacturer of the equipment.

Please bring donations to the front entrance of The Brighton Centre. 

Type of PPE or medical device and standard required

Examination Gloves - BS EN 455

Surgical Face Masks (Type IIR) - BS EN 14683:2019

Respirator Masks - BS EN 149:2001

Eye Protection - BS EN 166:2002

Gowns - BS EN 13795:2019

Hand Sanitiser/Gel - BS EN 1500:2013. (Alcohol must be the active ingredient in all hand disinfectants, with a minimum alcohol concentration of 70%)

Read our public appeal for PPE to find more information. 

Requesting PPE

You can request PPE by using our online form if you care for another person or receive care yourself.

Please be aware there are ongoing challenges with the supply chain for PPE, so it may be that we will not be able to fulfil all requests received.

Request PPE

How to put on PPE correctly

The following guidance is for putting on PPE in a health care setting.

Please ensure you are bare below elbows and hair is tied back. If hands are visibly clean decontaminate hands with Alcohol gel or wash hands with soap and water then put on the:

  • Plastic gown with or without long sleeves
  • Remove glasses if necessary
  • FFP3 Respirator / Fluid repellent surgical mask
  • Replace glasses
  • Goggles / Visor
  • Decontaminate hands
  • Gloves with or without long cuffs

Check all PPE is intact and undamaged before use

This video from Public Health England also demonstrates how to put on PPE correctly.


How to take off PPE correctly

The following guidance is available on taking off PPE and disposing of it properly.

  • Remove Gloves (by gripping the glove cuff)
  • Decontaminate hands
  • Remove gown (by rolling down and away
  • Decontaminate hands *
  • Remove glasses if necessary
  • Remove Goggles / Visor without touching the visor
  • Decontaminate hands *
  • Remove respiratory protection (without touching the front)
  • Wash hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer
  • Decontaminate glasses if necessary and decontaminate hands

You can watch this video from Public Health England on removing and disposing of PPE

As well using PPE there are other effective ways which everyone should do to help reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading:

  • Washing your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser gel
  • Catching coughs and sneezes within a tissue and disposing of it properly
  • Avoiding coming within two metres of another person, where possible
  • Advising people you support and care for to maintain the good hygiene practices above
  • Increasing cleaning activity to reduce risk of viruses remaining on surfaces
  • Maintaining ventilation by opening windows whenever safe and appropriate

The whole country, and the world is experiencing a huge demand for PPE. If you work for a service or organisation and are concerned about the supply of PPE there is a national helpline:

The National Supply Disruption line
Tel: 0800 915 9964