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.