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Face Coverings at work

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Face Coverings at work

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.

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