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Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Find personal protective equipment guidance and resources.

Page updated: Jan. 4, 2021 4:05 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 workplacehealth@phsa.ca.

Masks

On Nov. 4, 2020 the Ministry of Health released new provincial direction on mask use in health care facilities making it mandatory for everyone to wear a medical mask in a clinical/patient care area including common areas and break rooms, unless eating and/or drinking. In addition, within health care facilities, for all persons working in non-clinical/patient care areas, a mask should be worn in any indoor space where people are unable to maintain two metres distance from each other.

In alignment with the provincial direction, PHSA developed a policy for its health care facilities. It is important to remember that masks are one part of the hierarchy of infection prevention and exposure control measures for COVID-19. As such, masks should continue to be thought of as supplemental to, and not replacements for other measures on the hierarchy including physical distancing, cleaning and disinfection, staying home when sick, and good hand hygiene.

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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