CDC provides information about face coverings as one type of mask among other types of masks. OSHA differentiates face coverings from the term “mask” and from respirators that meet OSHA's Respiratory Protection Standard.
Cloth face coverings:
- May be commercially produced or improvised (i.e., homemade).
- Should be made of at least 2 layers of a tightly woven breathable fabric, such as cotton.
- Are worn over the nose and mouth to contain the wearer's potentially infectious respiratory particles produced when they cough, sneeze, or talk and to limit the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), to others.
- Are not considered personal protective equipment (PPE).
- Are not appropriate substitutes for PPE such as respirators (e.g., N95 respirators) or medical facemasks (e.g., surgical masks) in workplaces where respirators or facemasks are required to protect the wearer.
- May be used by almost any worker, although those who have trouble breathing or are otherwise unable to put on or remove a mask without assistance should not wear one.
- May be disposable or reusable after proper washing.
- May provide some level of protection for the wearer from others' respiratory particles.For more, go to: https://www.osha.gov/coronavirus/faqs
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