Got masks? Ohio Manufacturing Alliance knows where to get them!



As part of the Responsible Restart Ohio program, all employees are required to wear face coverings in the workplace (with exceptions). However, businesses have been struggling to find them. Through the Ohio Emergency Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Makers’ Exchange, Ohio manufacturers can produce and provide organizations in the state of Ohio with PPE. A variety of PPE can be purchased directly from the Exchange, including faceshields, hand sanitizer, cotton face masks and cotton swabs for testing. 

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s requirement for wearing facial coverings applies to all employers and employees at Ohio workplaces, with exception in the following circumstances when wearing a facial covering is: 

  1. prohibited by law or regulation;
  2. a violation of documented industry standards;
  3. not advisable for health reasons; or
  4. in violation of the business’s documented safety policies.

However, face coverings are not required for employees who work alone in an assigned work area or if other practical reasons prohibit it. If any of the above exceptions apply, written justification must be provided upon request. 

OSHA has also released a poster and video demonstrating how to properly wear facial coverings at work. Further business reopening guidance can be found in the Ohio Department of Health’s COVID-19 checklist.

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