PPE for Cleaning Staff

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) prevents contact with infectious agents or body fluids by creating a barrier between the employee and the infectious material.  The type of PPE needed in cleaning depends on the risk assessment.  

Consider the risk
The likelihood of exposure to any infectious agent or body fluid

The volume of the infectious agent or body fluid likely to be encountered

The possible route of transmission of infections

The type of exposure that could be possible

How PPE works

Gloves protect the hands

Gowns or aprons protect the skin and or clothing

Masks and respirators protect the mouth and nose

Goggles protect the eyes

Face shields protect the entire face


Cleaning employees must be educated and trained in PPE use, including donning and doffing

Adequate supplies of PPE must be readily available for all employees at all times

PPE should always be

Kept in cleaners' rooms

Readily accessible

Kept on cleaning trolleys

Worn when doing cleaning tasks

Worn when handling chemicals

Worn when handling waste

PPE considered, depending on the risk




Surgical or high-filtration masks 

Eyewear or face shields

Waterproof aprons or long sleeve gowns

In addition to PPE, cleaning employees are to ensure they wear clean clothes daily and follow hand hygiene practices