Directive COVID-19 Pandemic: Required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
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Required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- Due to the extreme risk of person-to-person transmission caused by the 2019 novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the resulting detrimental effects on public and personal health as well as court operations the Security Department issues the following requirements and recommendations pertaining to Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
- Officers, while on duty in a courthouse, shall minimally wear a disposable or cloth face covering when in the presence of other employees or the public.
- Consistent with current medical advice, officers engaged in entry security screening, the care custody and control of detainees, or the administration of emergency medical care shall minimally wear a surgical style mask. The Security Department offers an increased level of protection and recommends that those actively engaged in these functions equip themselves with a Trial Court issued, properly fit and applied N95 or KN95 mask, issued nitrile or latex disposable gloves, and issued safety glasses.
- Officers are reminded that at any time they are interacting in close contact with an individual who exhibits symptoms consistent with COVID-19 they should wear the higher level PPE described in paragraph (3).
- Unless otherwise advised, disposable masks provided by the Trial Court are for court use only and will be used by an officer for one week. Masks should be retained in a paper bag and marked with the officer’s name for their exclusive use. Masks must be properly discarded if they become soiled.
- Officers who wear a N95 or KN95 mask shall complete review of Training Bulletins 20- 001 and 20-002 related to the proper fit, donning and doffing of protective masks.
Review of the training materials can be accomplished via the Learning Management System (LMS).
- This directive is effective upon receipt and shall remain in effect until further notice.