The City of Mankato and Blue Earth County Public Health have teamed up to help educate how to safely put on (donning), remove (doffing) and discard Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs).

“We are identifying the most appropriate procedures on proper PPE use and developing online trainings for staff,” says Amy Vokal, director of public safety. “Trainings will include putting on and removing PPEs, when to use PPEs and how to best minimize exposure.”

Kelley Haeder, community health supervisor for Blue Earth County Public Health, recommends that the public also understand how to use and discard of PPEs to get the most benefit out of them.

“Face masks and other PPEs can help save lives,” Haeder says. “However, using a mask may not make a difference if there’s not a clear understanding of how to place, remove and discard them–all are key to everyone’s health and safety.”

Public Safety is also assisting other city departments with PPEs. Since there are people who rely on public transportation to access essential services, transit is one area where the use of PPEs by passengers and drivers has been implemented. Other areas identified for masks include public works, housing maintenance and building inspections.

View how to put on and take off PPE as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.