Workplace exposures Respiratory protection

COVID-19 pandemic: New e-tool designed to help pick the right respiratory protection

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Tumwater, WA — A new e-tool from the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries is intended to help employers and workers choose the appropriate mask, facial covering or respirator based on the COVID-19 exposure risk level of specific job duties.

Users can access the e-tool via a computer or mobile device to determine which type of respiratory protection is right for them based on whether they work alone or with others, indoors or outdoors, or in a vehicle alone or with others. The resource isn’t intended for hospitals, clinics or other treatment facilities.


The e-tool includes links to additional resources such as videos on how to put on and take off a mask, answers to common questions about facial coverings, and Washington L&I’s Which Mask for Which Task? guidance document.

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