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Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Find personal protective equipment guidance and resources.

Page updated: Sept. 30, 2020 12:00 p.m.

PPE guidelines changes

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Health issued a personal protective equipment (PPE) allocation framework to guide health authorities in making decisions in allocating PPE.

PHSA's PPE decision tool

PHSA has developed a PPE decision tool to help interpret the PPE allocation framework across PHSA’s various patient care settings and procedures. 

PHSA’s programs and services provide care to unique populations. Local PPE considerations and procedural documents may apply. Please consult your local Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) representative if you have questions. 

Related PPE resources:

N95 fit testing

Please refer to the Fit Testing & Respirators page on POD for more information. 

If you have any questions about fit testing, please contact


Surgical masks are recommended for patients/clients who have respiratory symptoms to protect other patients. 

Outside of patient care settings, wearing a non-medical mask is considered a matter of personal choice.  Hand hygiene and staying at home if you are sick are the best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Read PHSA’s guidance on non-medical mask use in non-clinical areas and the precautions you can take to protect yourself.

The BCCDC website also provides guidance about wearing a mask during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Where to refer offers of medical supplies/PPE

Please direct offers of medical supplies and PPE to the Province's  COVID-19 Supply Hub.

This made-in-B.C. platform co-ordinates, sources and expedites medical supplies and PPE for provincial health authorities to support frontline health workers.
The COVID-19 Supply Hub will be managed under the new Provincial Supply Coordination Unit at Emergency Management BC, in partnership with PHSA. 

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