Face coverings

Face coverings are mainly intended to protect others and not the wearer. The risk of COVID infection at work must be managed by following the right controls, including:

  • social distancing or, where that is not possible, reducing the number of people in the work area
  • high standards of hand hygiene
  • increasing surface washing
  • assigning and keeping people to shift teams
  • using screens and barriers to separate people from each other

These are the best ways of managing risk in the workplace.

Example of a face covering

Howard James Face Covering

Face coverings are not classed as personal protective equipment (PPE) as they:

  • are generally not manufactured to a recognised standard and not CE marked
  • do not provide a proven level of protection for work risks such as dust and spray

There is more advice on face coverings on GOV.UK.