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Face Coverings and Personal Protective Equipment

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Face Coverings

Everyone on campus must wear a face covering in all indoor spaces and enclosed public spaces, including campus buildings and open workspaces. Face coverings must also be worn outdoors during activities where social distancing cannot be maintained. At this time, you don't have to wear a face covering if you are alone in your room or office with the door closed.

Those unable to medically tolerate a face covering can apply for a COVID-19 Accommodation.

Michigan Tech strongly encourages individuals to provide their own personal face coverings in alignment with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance:

  • Fabric face coverings should be made of new, tight-weave cotton fabric (e.g., quilting cotton, denim, duck cloth, canvas, or twill).
  • Individuals must wear their face covering at all times indoors with the only exception being a fixed wall room with a closed door.
  • Face coverings should be worn over the mouth and nose and should not be worn dangling around the neck or on the chin or forehead.
  • Individuals should not touch or adjust their face covering. If they do, they must immediately wash their hands per CDC guidelines.
  • After removing their face covering, individuals must immediately wash their hands per CDC guidelines.
  • Fabric face coverings should be laundered in hot water daily.
  • When not in use, fabric face coverings should be stored in a clean, closed paper bag or other breathable container.
  • Fabric face coverings are not considered personal protective equipment (PPE) and should not be used when entering a room or area where known or suspected COVID-19 cases are present.

Michigan Tech will supply face coverings for employees who choose not to utilize their own. Employees who need a face covering should contact the Department of Public Safety and Police Services at 906-487-2216.

Use and Care of Face Coverings

When Putting On a Face Covering

Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer prior to handling the face covering, and avoid touching the front of it as you put it on. Place the top of the face covering over your nose and the bottom under your chin. Adjust the face covering so the nose wire fits snugly against your nose (where applicable). Tie the straps behind your head and neck or loop them around your ears. Wash or sanitize your hands after putting on your face covering.

When Taking Off a Face Covering

Wash or sanitize your hands before removing your face covering. Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth as you remove it. When taking off your face covering, loop a finger under each strap and pull the strap away from the ear, or untie the straps. Wash your hands immediately after removing your face covering.

Care, Storage, and Laundering

Keep face coverings stored in a paper bag when not in use. Cloth face coverings may not be used more than one day at a time and must be washed after each day of use with regular clothing detergent. Cloth face coverings should be replaced immediately if soiled, damaged (e.g., ripped or punctured), or visibly contaminated. Disposable coverings must not be used for more than one day and should be placed in the trash if soiled, damaged (e.g., stretched ear loops, torn or punctured material), or visibly contaminated.


Specific work, fieldwork, and lab activities may require gloves as personal protective equipment (PPE), but according to the CDC, gloves are not necessary for general use and do not replace good hand hygiene. Washing your hands often is considered the best practice for common everyday tasks.

Goggles/Face Shields

You do not need to wear goggles or face shields as part of general activity on campus. Good hand hygiene and avoiding touching your face are generally sufficient for non–health care environments.