PPE = Personal Protective Equipment
PPE stands for personal protective equipment. The appropriate PPE is prescribed based on a risk assessment of your work tasks.
When caring for care recipients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, health care workers are required to wear appropriate PPE which may include masks, gloves, eye shields and/or gowns, to protect themselves from infectious illnesses and help stop the spread of disease. You will be provided training and information on how to use PPE if you are required to use PPE with your client.
The PPE required will depend on the type of interaction and the health status of the care recipient.
Risk assessments are conducted to ensure all PPE, including masks are appropriate to your requirements and as per Government Health Guideline recommendations.
All staff are required to practice social distancing and good hygiene practises.
It is important that our health workforce remains strong and healthy during this time.
Should our support workers be wearing masks at work?
Risk assessments are conducted to ensure PPE protocols are as per Government Health Guidelines.
Under current guidelines, healthcare workers should wear masks if they have close contact with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19.
Healthcare workers are not otherwise required to wear a mask unless there is a medical reason for doing so.
Current Status in Victoria and NSW - there is community transmission of covid-19 in Victoria and NSW. Current government advice is that community staff are to wear surgical masks whilst providing care and support.