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Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Appropriate PPE is essential for the safe performance of dentistry during the COVID-19 outbreak and each practice is responsible for ensuring that adequate infection control procedures and necessary PPE is in place.

PPE training

Risk assessments

We have developed a COVID-19 risk assessment template and guide to help ensure you have the right PPE and infection control procedures in place to protect patients and staff.

Download our toolkit

We have detailed infection control procedures, including appropriate PPE, in our new Returning to work toolkit developed to help our members return to face-to-face care safely and with confidence.

Download the toolkit


We have produced a poster - getting to and from work safely to advise staff on infection control for when travelling to and from work.

Check for counterfeit PPE

Under the Health and safety at work act, suppliers are responsible the for what they supply.


It states: It shall be the duty of any person who designs, manufactures, imports or supplies any article for use at work of: (a) to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that the article is so designed and constructed as to be safe and without risks to health when properly used.


We recommend that you only source PPE through reputable suppliers and avoid purchasing from online sellers, particularly those with seemingly extremely competitively priced products. Some of these sites are not only selling counterfeit/illegal product, but are just 'scammers' with no actual product for sale.


Here are some guides to help you know what to look out for: How to identify counterfeit PPE and How to spot fake face masks.


BDA Indemnity and fit-testing

We're pleased to confirm that our indemnity cover allows policyholders to fit-test respiratory protective equipment (RPE) for dental staff in their own and other practices. Plus, the practice owner's policy will cover an employee in their own practice to do fit testing.


As BDA Indemnity provides the certainty of contractual cover, members can be sure that they will have the cover they need as an RPE fit tester and to allow them and their team to work in the practice safely, now and in the future.



Blogs on PPE 

Live updates on Coronavirus
What you need to know: PPE and fit-testing
10 things you need to know