Hygiene and Safe Use of PPE

Proper hygiene practices combined with proper use of PPE can help reduce infection and spread of disease. Following these guidelines is especially important for anyone involved in distributing, collecting, and assembling PPE. Proper hygiene should always accompany proper use of PPE.

Safe Use of PPE

Proper use of PPE is just as critical as having PPE. In partnership with infectious disease healthcare experts, ProjectProtect has produced the following printable documents:

Refer to the following resources for additional information on safe use of PPE best practices:​

Proper Hygiene

The most effective way to reduce infection and spread of disease is to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) recommended hygiene practices such as social distancing and frequent handwashing or use of an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. In partnership with infectious disease healthcare experts, ProjectProtect has produced How to Wash Hands (see Terms of Use).

Refer to the following resources for additional information on hygiene best practices:​

Safety with Volunteers

Since volunteers will be interacting directly with community members and helping assemble PPE, it is important to consider how to ensure they practice proper hygiene and use of PPE. 

  • Staff volunteers involved in distributing and collecting PPE should be examples of proper hygiene and use of PPE. This requires attention to volunteer training prior to PPE distribution and collection and ongoing oversight and reminders to ensure compliance. See Distribution Volunteer Training (also see Terms of Use) for details.
  • Community volunteers must follow strict hygiene standards during PPE assembly. See Clinical Mask Assembly Guide (also see Terms of Use) for face mask assembly hygiene guidelines. Similar workspace hygiene guidelines can be developed for other PPE as needed. Distribute hygiene guidelines to all volunteers involved in PPE assembly.