The following sample policies address employee face masks or coverings in the workplace for safety purposes during the COVID-19 pandemic (whether government mandated, required or recommended by the employer). These samples should be modified to fit the needs of the organization.
Employees using any type of facial covering should be trained to ensure they are wearing it properly. The World Health Organization has a video on proper removal and application of facial covering materials. In addition, the CDC provides guidance on the use of cloth facial coverings and OSHA released a video and poster that show employers and workers how to properly wear and remove a respirator and has provided a FAQ. The video and poster are also available in Spanish.