Respiratory Guidance for COVID-19
More businesses are requiring employees to wear masks to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. Occupational Safety and Health Administration COVID-19 respirator (filtering facepiece) poster highlights the following:
- Wash your hands before you put on a mask and before you take it off.
- Inspect it for damage or dampness before wearing it, and don’t touch it once it’s on.
- If you don’t have to reuse it because of supply shortages, dispose of it in a trash can and wash your hands once again.
OSHA created the downloadable poster and a video for employers and workers about the best way to put on and take off a respirator. More businesses are requiring employees to wear masks to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
The instructions from OSHA include a technique to ensure a secure mask fit:
- When you first put the respirator on, put both hands over it. Inhale and exhale quickly.
- If you feel air leaking from the edges or around the nose, adjust the straps or the metal nosepiece (if your mask has one).
- Repeat until you get a proper seal. If you can’t, try a different mask.
Downloadable personal protective equipment posters
Seven Steps to Correctly Wear a Respirator at Work
Putting on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
OSHA respiratory protection training videos
This OSHA page, Respiratory Protection Training Video, contains links to a variety of training videos related to respiratory protection.
Topics include fit testing, medical evaluations, respiratory protection in general industry, respirator types, voluntary use of respirators, respiratory protection in construction, training requirements, respiratory protection for health care workers, the differences between respirators and surgical masks, donning and doffing, counterfeit respirators, maintenance and care, and the OSHA Respiratory Protection Standard (1910.134). Many are offered in both English and Spanish.
Strategies to optimize the supply of PPE and equipment
More respirator optimization information from the CDC:
Important Information About Your Cloth Face Coverings
CDC published a downloadable poster (CS-316651-A 05/04/2020) for the use of cloth face coverings. CDC describes the difference between N95 respirator and cloth face coverings in this publication and why personal protective equipment (PPE) like N95 respirator should be used by health care personnel, first responders, and workers in other industries for their protection.
CDC also recommends a cloth face covering not to be shared with anyone else unless it's washed and dried first. Download the document to get more details.