OSHA has published a series of frequently asked questions and answers regarding the use of masks in the workplace.

The new guidance outlines the differences between cloth face coverings, surgical masks and respirators. The guidance also notes the need for social distancing measures, even when workers are wearing cloth face coverings, and recommends following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance on washing face coverings.

Questions include:

  • What are the key differences between cloth face coverings, surgical masks, and respirators?
  • Are employers required to provide cloth face coverings to workers?
  • Should workers wear a cloth face covering while at work, in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendation for all people to do so when in public?
  • If workers wear cloth face coverings, do employers still need to ensure social distancing measures in the workplace?

 

READ OSHA’S FAQs ON FACE COVERINGS

 

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