OSHA's COVID-19 FAQs on Cloth Face Coverings

COVID-19 FAQs on Cloth Face Coverings
Posted June 10, 2020

OSHA has published frequently asked questions and answers on the use of cloth face coverings in the workplace.  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

For more information, see the OSHA news release, and visit OSHA’s coronavirus webpage and CDC's coronavirus webpage

Arlene Williams
Deputy Director
Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs