The May 29, 2020 ODH Director's Updated and Revised Order for Business Guidance and Social Distancing addresses the usage and provisions for facial coverings (masks). Businesses must allow all customers, patrons, visitors, contractors, vendors and similar individuals to use facial coverings, except for specifically documented legal, life, health or safety considerations and limited documented security considerations. Businesses must require all employees to wear facial coverings, except for one of the following reasons:
- Facial coverings in the work setting are prohibited by law or regulation;
- Facial coverings are in violation of documented industry standards;
- Facial coverings are not advisable for health reasons;
- Facial coverings are in violation of the business's documented safety policies;
- Facial coverings are not required when the employee works alone in an assigned work area; or
- There is a functional (practical) reason for an employee not to wear a facial covering in the workplace.
Businesses must provide written justification, upon request, explaining why an employee is not required to wear a facial covering in the workplace. At a minimum, facial coverings (masks) should be cloth/fabric and cover an individual's nose, mouth, and chin.
Facial Coverings (Masks)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides guidance for making, wearing and washing cloth face coverings to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Depending on the frequency of use, all cloth face coverings should be routinely washed using soap and water following these directions.
- Cloth Mask of Face Coverings in the Workplace (04/29/2020) (webpage)
- Cloth Face Coverings: FAQ (5/23/20)
- Do it Yourself Face Covering (CDC 4/19/20)
- How to Protect Others (4/19/20)
Train Workers on Proper Respirator or Mask Use
COVID-19 Information on Decontaminating Facepiece Respirators Protecting Against COVID-19
According to guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), decontamination is not approved as standard of care for disposable filtering facepiece respirators (FFRs), such as N95 masks, used to protect healthcare personnel from the spread of COVID-19. However, the agency says this may need to be considered to ensure availability during a pandemic. The CDC offers extensive guidance at its Decontamination and Reuse of Filtering Facepiece Respirators web page.
- ODH COVID-19 Information on Decontaminating Facepiece Respirators Fact Sheet (04/14/2020)
- ODH COVID-19 Information on Decontaminating Facepiece Respirators Webpage
- Decontamination and Reuse of Filtering Facepiece Respirators (CDC updated 04/30/2020)
- ASTHO Optimizing PPE Supplies with Decontamination and Reuse (03/27/2020)
- National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Reccommended Guidance for Extended Use and Limited Reuse of N95 Filtering Facepiece Respirators in Health Care Settings