What Does Disposable Coveralls Mean?
Disposable coveralls are an item of personal protective equipment (PPE) designed to cover the whole body and other clothing to protect against dirt or other outside contaminants. Coveralls are one piece and loose-fitting for ease of movement, with sleeves, full leggings, and often a hood to cover the head. These can also include overshoe pieces to cover footwear and protect against contamination.
The purpose of using disposable materials to make coveralls is to avoid cost issues when using non-disposable materials which are certain to sustain damage when used in situations that require coveralls very regularly, for harsh work conditions. Common materials used to make disposable gear are Tyvek, Polypropylene, or Tychem. These materials have different safety ratings and properties which suit them to different environments. For example; some suits can be used in hazardous situations to protect from acid spills or hazardous chemicals while some more breathable varieties may not. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have provided regulations and standards for the design, testing, and use of disposable coveralls which should be considered by employers while making a risk assessment, safety plan, and choosing PPE.