My workers may come into close contact with suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19. Should the workers use personal protective equipment (PPE)?
Frequently asked questions about COVID-19 and safety in the workplace.
If a worker may come into close contact with suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19, employers must put in place control measures to eliminate or minimise the risk of a worker contracting the virus so far as reasonably practicable.
Risk management may involve the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) including gloves, eye protection and face masks. However PPE must not be the only control measure that employers consider. By itself PPE will not control the transmission of COVID-19.
PPE should supplement higher level control measures such as isolation controls (e.g. Rideshare services requiring that passengers sit in the rear seat to maintain social distancing, or removing the requirement for people to sign for deliveries).
For further information on risk management, see the model Code of Practice: How to manage work health and safety risks. For further information about PPE including additional employer obligations can be found at personal protective equipment.