Guidance

COVID-19: personal protective equipment use for aerosol generating procedures

Guidance on the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) for aerosol generating procedures (AGPs).

Documents

COVID-19: quick guide (gown version) for putting on (donning) (PPE) for aerosol generating procedures – airborne precautions

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COVID-19: putting on (donning) (gown version) PPE for aerosol generating procedures – airborne precautions

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COVID-19: putting on (donning) PPE guidance sheet coveralls version – airborne precautions

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COVID-19: quick guide (gown version) for removal of (doffing) PPE for aerosol generating procedures (AGPs) – airborne precautions

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COVID-19: taking off (doffing) guidance sheet – coveralls version – airborne precautions

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This guidance covers the donning (putting on) and doffing (taking off) of personal protective equipment (PPE) for aerosol generating procedures (AGPs) – for airborne precautions.

Guidance on donning and doffing PPE for non-aerosol generating procedures is also available.

Also refer to guidance on infection prevention and control for COVID-19.

Video 1 shows how to safely don (put on) PPE specific to COVID-19 for AGPs and should be used in conjunction with the quick guide to donning PPE and local policies. This video features a long-sleeved fluid repellent gown. See video 3 for donning and doffing coveralls if a long-sleeved fluid repellent gown is not available.

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Video 2 shows how to safely doff (take off) PPE specific to COVID-19 for AGPs and should be used in conjunction with the quick guide to doffing PPE and local policies. This video features a long sleeved fluid repellent gown.

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Video 3 shows how to safely don (put on) and doff (take off) PPE specific to COVID-19 for AGPs using a coverall as an alternative when a long sleeved fluid repellent gown is not available. It should be used in conjunction with the quick guides to donning and doffing PPE (coverall versions) and local policies.

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Please note that this guidance is of a general nature and that an employer should consider the specific conditions of each individual place of work and comply with all applicable legislation, including the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.

Published 10 January 2020
Last updated 21 August 2020 + show all updates
  1. Updated headings on instruction sheets, in line with the written guidance, to include airborne precautions.

  2. Added video for donning and doffing PPE when using coveralls instead of gowns.

  3. Added 2 new guides for coveralls; other guides updated with 'gown version'.

  4. Two videos added for donning and doffing personal protective equipment.

  5. First published.