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
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.