Protecting workers from exposure of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19 is crucial especially in these circumstances.
This includes potential interaction with infectious people and contamination of the work environment.
Employers should adapt infection control strategies based on a thorough hazard assessment, using safe work practices and personal protective equipment (PPE) to prevent exposures.
Before constructing a PPE program, the hierarchy of controls or a priority list should be written.
PPE is considered as the last line of defense so focus on substitution, elimination, administrative controls and engineering controls first.
Once that has been acknowledged, the employer should ensure all parties fully participate in the program, a reliable program coordinator is appointed and the PPE program is reviewed periodically.