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Reopening: Purchasing Hygienic or Protective Supplies for the Workplace

These resources are provided to help inform employers and employees about supplies needed to return to workplaces, and connect businesses with manufacturers and distributors. In order to operate in Reopening Phase 1 and all future phases, certain supplies are required.

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What supplies do I need to reopen my business or return to work?

As an employer, you must:

  1. Require masks and coverings for all employees
  2. Provide handwashing supplies and capabilities
  3. Sanitize high touch areas, such as workstations, equipment, screens, doorknobs, restrooms throughout work site

Additional mandatory workplace safety standards can be found here.

As an employee, you must wear a face covering or mask at your workplace.

How to wear a face covering or mask:

Face covering tips

Remember, a face covering can include anything that covers your nose and mouth, including dust masks, scarves and bandanas.

Proper hand-washing techniques:

Handwashing Poster

Generally, hand hygiene is much more important than gloves. You will need to ensure frequent hand washing by employees and adequate supplies to do so.

    Cleaning frequently

    Additionally, disinfecting and sanitizing are an important part of workplace safety.

    Additional Resources:

    How can I purchase hygienic and protective supplies?

    Private businesses should use the vendor tool below, while public entities such as cities and towns should use COMMBUYS.

    Who sells hygienic and protective supplies?

    Below is a list of vendors offering relevant hygienic and protective supplies for the workplace, and includes state contract vendors that Massachusetts has historically purchased from and manufacturers that have pivoted to producing hygienic or protective supplies as part of the M-ERT process.

    NOTE: This vendor tool may not show up with Internet Explorer (IE). Please use the additional resources below to access the vendor list.

    Additional Resources

    What if I’m a manufacturer of these supplies and want to be added to the vendor list above?

    If you are a Massachusetts manufacturer who has or is pivoting your operations to produce protective supplies or hygienic products, please contact the Manufacturing Emergency Response Team to begin the process.