Facemask Do’s and Dont's For Healthcare Personnel

Jun 23 , 2020

Facemask Do’s and Dont's For Healthcare Personnel

When you put on a face mask

Clean your hands and put on your face mask so it fully covers your mouth and nose.


DO secure the elastic bands around your ears.


DO secure the ties at the middle of your head and the base of your head.


When wearing a face mask, don't do the following:


DON’T wear your face mask under your mouth.


DON’T wear your face mask under your nose.


DON’T allow a strap to hang down. DON’T cross the straps.


DON’T touch or adjust your face mask without cleaning your hands before and after.


DON’T wear your face mask on your head.


DON’T wear your face mask around your neck.


DON’T wear your face mask around your arm.


When removing a face mask

Clean your hands and remove your facemask touching only the straps or ties.


DO leave the patient care area, then clean your hands with alcohol-based hand sanitizer or soap and water.


DO remove your face mask touching ONLY the straps or ties, throw it away*, and clean your hands again.

*If implementing limited-reuse:
Face masks should be carefully folded so that the outer surfaces held inward and against itself to reduce contact with the outer surface during storage. Folded face masks can be stored between uses in a clean, seal-able paper bag or breathable container.

Additional information is available about how to safely put on and remove personal protective equipment, including facemasks: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/using-ppe.html