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Posted on: April 23, 2020

Department of Homeland Security Issues Guidance on PPE in Nonhealthcare Settings

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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued guidance that summarizes how organizations should consider and manage their personal protective equipment (PPE) needs while ensuring the protection of workers during the COVID-19 pandemic response.

The guidance covers:

  • How to preserve limited supplies of PPE.
  • How to consider need during periods of shortages.
  • How to acquire and request PPE in the face of critical shortages and normal supply chain allocation cannot meet operational requirements.

The COVID-19 National Strategy for Addressing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Shortage seeks to ensure protection against COVID-19 for healthcare workers, first responders, and patients by implementing three pillars of practice: reduce, reuse and repurpose. Industries that use similar PPE (e.g., N95 respirators) as part of their normal duties will be challenged in obtaining PPE while available supply is prioritized for healthcare workers and first responders. Industries whose essential critical infrastructure workers need PPE to perform their duties should continue working with suppliers to acquire needed products, but should expect shortages to continue. All industries should immediately implement strategies to preserve existing supplies of PPE and find alternative work methods to address shortfalls.

Read the full guidance at the DHS website.

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