OSHA Publishes FAQs on Masks in the Workplace

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published a series of frequently asked questions about the use of masks in the workplace.

“As our economy reopens for business, millions of Americans will be wearing masks in their workplace for the first time,” said principal deputy secretary for occupational safety and health Loren Sweatt.

“OSHA is ready to help workers and employers understand how to properly use masks so they can stay safe and healthy in the workplace,” Sweatt said.

The new guidance outlines the differences between cloth face coverings, surgical masks, and respirators. It further reminds employers not to use surgical masks or cloth face coverings when respirators are needed.

In addition, the guidance 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.

These FAQs and answers mark the latest guidance from OSHA addressing protective measures for workplaces during the coronavirus pandemic. OSHA has published numerous guidance documents for workers and employers online. Additional coronavirus information is available online as well.

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