Choosing the right disposable coveralls and personal protective equipment (PPE)

In the wake of COVID-19, choosing the right disposable coveralls and personal protective equipment (PPE) is more important than ever. At Abco, we take the health and safety of workers seriously – offering a wide range of disposable coveralls and personal protective equipment (PPE), including Type 5 asbestos coveralls.

What are the different types of disposable coveralls?

Disposable coveralls are classified into 6 categories (based on the level of protection they provide). It’s important to discuss your protection requirements with a product expert prior to purchasing disposable coveralls, as statutory and/or regulatory requirements may apply in your workplace.

  • Type 1 – a coverall designed to protect against dangerous gases and liquids (may also feature an air line)
  • Type 2 – a coverall that retains positive pressure, but isn’t gas tight (offers protection against liquids, vapours and dust)
  • Type 3 – a coverall that is liquid tight (seams are sealed rather than stitched)
  • Type 4 – a coverall that protects against chemical sprays (similar to Type 3, but not as heavy duty)
  • Type 5 – a coverall that prevents the ingress of dust and airborne particles, including asbestos (provided disposable coveralls are used)
  • Type 6 a coverall that protects against light spray and chemical splashes (offers a lower level of chemical protection than Types 3 and 4)

In Abco’s experience, Types 4, 5 and 6 are the most popular disposable coveralls. Depending on the brand and model, most disposable coveralls (Type 4, 5 and 6) are made from either non-woven polypropylene or breathable microporous fabric. A triple-layered SMS (spunbond, meltblown, spunbond) fabric is frequently used in good-quality Type 5 asbestos coveralls and asbestos removal protective clothing.

In relation to hazardous activities, such as asbestos removal, it’s advisable to consult the Safe Work Australia website for detailed information on Workplace Health and Safety (WHS). In the eyes of Safe Work Australia, disposable coveralls and personal protective equipment (PPE) are only part of the overall health and safety picture.

What other personal protective equipment (PPE) is available to workers?

Personal protective equipment (PPE) can be either disposable or non-disposable. Popular PPE products include gloves, respirator masks, safety boots and protective clothing made from PVC. A summary of common PPE gear is listed below.

  • Gloves – disposable, rubber and industrial
  • Respirator masks – disposable, N95, surgical and non-disposable
  • Disposable hair caps and beard covers
  • Aprons – disposable and PVC
  • Arm and sleeve guards – disposable and PVC
  • Disposable Boot and shoe covers – waterproof and non-waterproof
  • PVC overtrousers, bibs and zipped jackets
  • Safety boots and steel-capped gumboots
  • Nylon rain trousers and jackets
  • High-visibility safety vests and rain suits (PPE clothing)
  • Sunscreen
  • Hard hats, safety glasses, eye goggles, face shields, earmuffs and earplugs

The right personal protective equipment (PPE) goes a long way towards protecting staff against hazards in the workplace. Given the vast array of PPE gear available, it’s advisable to consult a supplier that understands PPE products and their application.

Abco Products, which has branches in Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane and Sydney, can assist you with the procurement of disposable coveralls (including asbestos coveralls) and personal protective equipment (PPE). For further information and assistance, please call us on 1800 177 399.