COVID-19 and PPE Selection

Engineering and administrative controls are the first lines of defense against COVID-19 in the workplace. However, OSHA acknowledges that PPE may also be needed to prevent certain exposures. Examples of PPE include: gloves, goggles, face shields, face masks and respiratory protection, when appropriate. OSHA says that during an outbreak of an infectious disease, such as COVID-19, recommendations for PPE specific to occupations or job tasks may change depending on:

• Geographic location 

• Updated risk assessments for workers

• Information on PPE effectiveness in preventing the spread of COVID-19 

Employers are urged to check the OSHA and CDC websites regularly for updates about recommended PPE.

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