Personal protective equipment (PPE)
These videos demonstrate methods described in CDC's infection control guidance for donning (putting on) and doffing (taking off) PPE in healthcare settings.
Donning (putting on) PPE
Doffing (taking off) PPE
See also: Heat-Related Stress. Guidance and best practices for EMS clinicians adapting to extra PPE and higher temperature environments. Federal Healthcare Resilience Task Force.
Decontamination and reuse
PPE reuse and decontamination
U.S. Fire Administrator Keith Bryant and other federal partners present on PPE reuse, strategies for optimizing PPE use, and decontamination practices.
PPE preservation planning toolkit
Users enter data based on their PPE use and factors that reflect their operating environment. Outputs includes reduction estimates based on the preservation strategy selected and duration of supply amounts.Download the toolkit
Disinfection of structural firefighting PPE
Basic guidance to manage the disinfection of structural firefighting PPE exposed to the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19.Download the guidance
Includes pants, coats, liners, hoods, gloves, boots, helmets and face pieces.
Decontamination and Reuse of Filtering Facepiece Respirators. This document summarizes research about decontamination of FFRs before reuse. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Recommended Guidance for Extended Use and Limited Reuse of N95 Filtering Facepiece Respirators in Healthcare Settings. This document recommends practices for extended use and limited reuse of NIOSH-certified N95 filtering face piece respirators. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Don't be fooled by the counterfeit NIOSH-approved respirators showing up in the marketplace. Visit these websites to know what to look for so that you can spot a fake.
- NIOSH-approved particulate filtering face piece respirators
- This site provides a list of NIOSH-approved particulate filtering face piece respirators. You can select a type of respirator to see all approved models.
- User notice: counterfeit respirators / misrepresentation of NIOSH-approval
- Find out how to identify a NIOSH-approved respirator.
- Factors to consider when planning to purchase respirators from another country
- Key factors to assist potential purchasers of international respirators in making informed procurement and distribution decisions to keep their workers safe. Review factors. See also: international respirator assessments
Counterfeit respirators: make others aware
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Workplace and vehicle decontamination
- Fire Chief's Guide for Coronavirus Planning and Response. Recommendations for decontamination and disinfection of ambulances, fire apparatus and fire stations. International Association of Fire Chiefs.
- Guidelines for COVID-19 Fire Station Exposure Reduction. Procedures to reduce and/or avoid cross contamination of on-duty staff. Fire Department Safety Officers Association.
- Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19. Guidance on how to protect EMS and other workers who have a very high COVID-19 exposure risk. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
- List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2. All products on this list meet EPA's criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Environmental Protection Agency.
- Decontamination Best Practices: Taking Care of Your Transportation. Recommendations for privately-owned vehicles. DHS/Science and Technology.