Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Information and Resources

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Use of Masks Information

The rules regarding the use of personal protective equipment and the use of masks come from a number of bodies. These include the Ministry of Health, Public Health Ontario, and municipal by-laws.

The College of Physiotherapists does not set the rules related to personal protective equipment and masking but is happy to direct you to the authoritative sources to assist you in answering your questions.

Physiotherapists and others are accountable for researching the requirements specific to their location by referencing the source documents below. Please note this information is frequently updated and changed. Health professionals should visit these source websites on a regular basis. 

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Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and the Use of Masks Source Documents

Public Health Ontario Guidance on the Use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

The information below is a summary of the Ministry of Health’s Operational Requirements for Health Sector Restart Document.

Refer the complete document for MOH advice on this matter including exemptions and exceptions.  

Activity

HCP Precaution

Before every patient interaction

HCP must conduct a point-of-care risk assessment to determine the level of precautions required

All interactions with and within 2 metres of patients who screen positive

Droplet and Contact precautions:

  • Surgical/procedure mask*
  • Isolation gown
  • Gloves
  • Eye protection (goggles or face shield)
  • Perform hand hygiene before and after contact with the patient and the patient environment and after the removal of PPE

All interactions with and within 2 metres of patients who screen negative

  • Surgical/procedure mask required
  • Use of eye protection (goggles or a face shield) should be considered
  • Perform hand hygiene before and after contact with the patient and the patient environment and after the removal of PPE

Non-Medical Masks for Patient and Visitor Use

  • No specific design or material is known to be better than others
  • Each cloth mask should have at least two layers and the ability to be washed multiple times without losing shape or deteriorating

Factsheet: Mask Use for Non-Healthcare Workers