Tool Kit: PPE & Safety

Here's a few items to help with personal protection and safety.

This article appeared in the September-October 2020 issue of Evidence Technology Magazine.
You can view that full issue here.

Coated Gloves for Non-Medical Use

In non-medical consumer and industrial situations, it is often highly advantageous for users to wear ultra-fine, nitrile-coated washable gloves, like the multi-use Aquila NR18E, which offer many benefits in terms of health, hygiene, and a cleaner environment. Wearing gloves means no hand touching and reduced problems from frequent hand washing, plus the breathable qualities of the coating make them more comfortable than completely sealed disposables such as nitrile, vinyl, or latex gloves. The extended life of these washable coated gloves means that for so many domestic, retail, office, or industrial situations, there is no need to use non-recyclable, one-time-use throwaways.

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Clear Shield Face Mask

Lynn Peavey Company is offering PPE that’s different, effective, inexpensive, and helps you communicate with the public. The Insta-Mask is a clear shield with a peel-and-stick adhesive on each side that provides a custom fit for every face. The Insta-Mask sheets are sold in packs of 50. Manufactured by Lynn Peavey in the United States, free samples are available. “We had to get creative with the pandemic, and this is just one of the PPE items we came up with,” said a company spokesperson.

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Evidence Room Air Quality

Absolute Air Cleaners and Allergy Products offers 100% sealed, HEPA vacuum cleaners (made in the USA); and the Airpura UV600 HEPA air purifiers with a non-ozone-producing, medical-grade, ultraviolet light system (made in Canada). These systems are used by police and sheriff’s departments throughout the United States and Canada in their evidence rooms to remove airborne toxic odors, dusts, and chemical out-gassing from storage items. The systems also destroy biological contaminates, including bacteria, viruses, and toxic mold spores that become airborne from organic matter such as blood samples, soil, and marijuana plants.

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Work Safely at Night with Portable Lights

All-terrain Lentry Lights turn night into day, let you see and be seen, and greatly reduce the stress and fatigue of working at night and in poorly lit areas. It’s all about safety, safety, safety. Easily deployed by one person, the three independently adjustable legs allow the system to be placed where needed, even on steep, hilly, snowy, or debris-covered terrain. Lentry Model 1SPECX-C23 (shown) fully extends to almost 9 feet tall and lights an entire scene for hours. When the job is completed, simply retract the legs and pole with a turn of a knob and store the LED light head securely in its case. Lentry Lights are quiet, self-contained, and insanely bright. Your job has enough risks. Make sure you can see.

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Disinfect Surfaces, Kill 99.9% of Viruses and Bacteria

GTech Clean is an EPA-approved, ready-to-use spray that kills 99.9% of bacteria and viruses including SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19), influenza, mildew, mold, and more. The spray kills viruses, bacteria and fungi quickly and leaves a microscopic protective barrier on hard and soft surfaces that continues to kill pathogens for up to five days. The non-toxic and non-flammable formula is safe to use on all surfaces and is skin-friendly. Unlike other products, GTech Clean does not contain harmful chemicals like ammonia, bleach, or alcohol, and there is no need to dilute the solution or wipe it away after spraying it. Users just spray the area they want to disinfect and let it air dry.

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