In non-health-care workplaces, PPE may include a surgical or procedure mask, and in some cases eye protection, such as a face shield or goggles.
Note that face shields do not replace masks or face coverings.
When workers are performing tasks that require them to work within two metres of an unmasked person, conducting a hazard assessment will help you determine which control measures would best be used, such as barriers (for example, Plexiglas, partition, wall) or PPE.
Correct use of PPE should not take the place of other control measures, including physical distancing and handwashing.
If you determine that personal protective equipment is needed in your workplace, you will need to:
- train workers on the care, use and limitations of PPE
- maintain your supply of PPE and ensure it is readily available to workers
Masks used as PPE must be approved by an appropriate standard, such as ASTM International mask standard. The standard can also provide information on mask qualities such as breathability, filtration, and fluid resistance.
The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented demand for certain supplies, including medical masks and PPE. Please ensure you are using the right controls to protect your workers.