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Directive COVID-19 Pandemic: Required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Date: 05/29/2020
Organization: Trial Court Security Department
Referenced Sources: Trial Court Security Department

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Required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

  1. 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).
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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).
  5. 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.
  6. 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).
  7. This directive is effective upon receipt and shall remain in effect until further notice.
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