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Safety News You Need: Personal Protective Equipment

Apr 17, 2020

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is a critical line of defense against theMedical professional wearing PPE spread of COVID-19. The key is providing your workers the equipment they need based on their level of risk while optimizing your supply. In this edition of Safety News You Need, we share some resources on how you can provide your workers with the protective equipment and knowledge they need to protect themselves from exposure to COVID-19.

  • One challenge many employers are facing during this crisis is maintaining an adequate supply of PPE to meet the needs of their workforce. CDC offers guidance on how you can optimize your PPE supply, including eye protection, gowns and respirators. Learn more
  • The COVID-19 pandemic has brought attention to the need for proper respiratory protection to help prevent the spread of the virus. OSHA is currently providing flexibility in the types of respirators that can be used to provide protection against the spread of the disease. Read more
  • To provide your workers with the proper PPE, you first need to know what PPE is necessary under different circumstances. EPA identifies four levels of PPE and offers guidance on the different situations where each type of PPE should be used. Learn more
  •  It’s not enough to have the appropriate PPE, workers also must understand how to properly put on and remove their equipment to protect their own health as well as the health of others. This step-by-step guide can help educate workers on the proper sequence for donning and doffing PPE. Read more

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