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.
Refer to the following resources for additional information on hygiene best practices:
- Hand Hygiene Guidelines: https://www.cdc.gov/infectioncontrol/guidelines/hand-hygiene/index.html
- When and How to Wash Your Hands: https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/when-how-handwashing.html
- Social Distancing, Quarantine, and Isolation: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/social-distancing.html
- Hand Hygiene: Why, How, and When: https://www.who.int/gpsc/5may/Hand_Hygiene_Why_How_and_When_Brochure.pdf
- WHO Guidelines on Hand Hygiene in Health Care: https://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/handle/10665/44102/9789241597906_eng.pdf
Refer to the following resources for additional information on safe use of PPE best practices:
- Using Personal Protective Equipment: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/using-ppe.html
- Guidance for the Selection and Use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in Healthcare Settings: https://www.cdc.gov/hai/pdfs/ppe/ppeslides6-29-04.pdf
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): https://www.who.int/csr/resources/publications/PPE_EN_A1sl.pdf
- Personal Protective Equipment: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/personalprotectiveequipment/
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.