Many employers are asking whether or not to allow employees to wear facemasks...
“CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies)
in areas of significant community-based transmission.” The CDC website also includes links to the
proper way to wear one,
directions on how to make one, and a mask-making
demonstration by U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams.
Here are my thoughts:
- facemasks provide protection against larger respiratory droplets - this will slow the spread of the virus and help those who are asymptomatic (people who may have the virus and do not know it) from transmitting it to others; however this may also give workers a false sense of security and lead them to think they are “safe” or can’t catch the virus if wearing one of these masks
- employees should not report to work if they are sick or think they have been exposed to coronavirus
- face coverings are not a substitute for social distancing
- employees should 1. wash hands or use hand sanitizer immediately prior to removing, 2. be extremely careful when removing them not to touch their eyes, nose or mouth, and 3. wash hands or use hand sanitizer immediately after removing
- because workers will wear them all day I recommend washing daily
For additional information, please click on the article titled, "
COVID-19 - WORKPLACE FACEMASK LIABILITY ISSUES," by Mark A. Lies II and Adam R. Young. They have also provided "
NOTICE TO EMPLOYEES - FACE COVERING MASKS," which you can tailor to your company.