April 18, 2020 —
Cmdr. Ken Rockhold and his team, assigned to the Office of Safety and Environmental Health, recognized how much information is being shared across the workforce for personal protective equipment. So his team created a one-stop source for all PPE-related information.
“Everything PPE is on our website,” said Rockhold. “The site is user friendly, and if you’re trying to figure out PPE, this page will help you. This site provides information for the entire PPE journey, including need determination, and donn, doff, and DECON procedures.”
“The PPE one-stop page also provides updated information to include face coverings for non-operational efforts, as well as PPE for operational,” said Rockhold.
ALCOAST 144/20, released on April 17, mentions that cloth face coverings are not considered PPE, and they do not replace PPE. As a result, they are only effective when worn by people that cannot maintain social distancing. Remember: My face covering protects you, your face covering protects me. It’s a team effort!
For any questions about PPE, including risk assessments, donning and doffing equipment, policy and guidance, instructional videos, TTPs, best practices and decontamination and disposal, visit the new PPE webpage.