In one of our largest procurement and distribution efforts ever, SMOHIT is currently shipping cloth masks to all SMART locals across the country, enough for every dues-paying member to receive one. These masks, customized with the SMOHIT logo, consist of two layers with a pocket for exchangeable filter media
The use of masks is part of a comprehensive package of prevention and control measures that can limit the spread of certain respiratory viral diseases, including COVID-19. These masks are designed for off-the-job use when members are in public and cannot reliably maintain the recommended six-feet distance from others.
It is important to note that cloth masks do not protect the wearer from droplets produced by others. Rather, they help protect others from droplets produced by the wearer that are released during breathing, coughing and sneezing.
These are not the N95 masks approved by NIOSH nor a replacement for the PPE that employers should provide to members for use at the jobsite in accordance with OSHA guidelines and requirements.
Finally, the cloth mask should be washed by machine after each use. Members should also wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after removing their masks, since the exterior may become contaminated as a result of use.
For more information on face masks, please see the following resources provided by the CDC:
SMOHIT is also sending each dues-paying member a five oz. bottle of hand sanitizer consisting of 70% ethyl alcohol content, shown to be an effective antimicrobial agent.
Many of you reading this update will have already received your materials. If your shipment has not yet arrived, you should get them within the next few weeks. As the orders are shipped, your local Business Manager will receive the tracking information via email from our vendors.
We hope these resources will help keep our members healthy and safe.
Thank you for all you do!