Cloth Face Covering (Face Mask) Policy

Employees are required to wear a face mask when they are unable to maintain a 6-foot distance from others.

Face coverings will not be required when:

  • Eating or drinking
  • Performing job duties where a mask is inhibitory to safely perform the job. If this is the case, please work with your divisional leadership team or the Safety department.
  • You have a medical condition that wearing a mask would have an adverse effect. Please reach out to HR if this exemption would apply.
What Wearing a Cloth Face Mask Will Do for You
  • Help keep you from touching your nose and mouth and getting infected from germs on your hands (remember: do not touch your eyes either).
  • Keep you from coughing or sneezing infected respiratory droplets onto your hands or other surfaces.
  • Protect your nose and mouth from large infected respiratory droplets from other people's cough or sneeze.
What Wearing a Cloth Face Mask Will Not Do
  • Keep you from inhaling or spreading germs in the tiny aerosol particles that we all breath out in the course of normal breathing.
  • Replace good practices to maintain a healthy work environment.
    • e.g. Staying home when you are sick, supporting good respiratory etiquette, hand hygiene, and performing routine environmental cleaning and disinfection.
How to Wear a Cloth Face Covering

Cloth face coverings should —

  • fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • be secured with ties or ear loops
  • include multiple layers of fabric
  • allow for breathing without restriction
  • be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape
Precautions to Know About

Even simple cloth face coverings can make it harder to breath. You should take care not to use materials or excessive layers that restrict breathing ability. You should take care to monitor your health while wearing a mask or face covering, and consult a doctor with any concerns.

Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the cloth face covering without assistance.

The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance. If you are a caregiver for an individual with the virus, every attempt should be made to get a surgical facemask or N-95 respirator.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Do I need to wear a face mask if I am riding in a vehicle with someone?
Yes, riding in a vehicle with a non-household member would require the occupants to wear a mask.
Do I need to wear a mask if I am going to have a quick discussion in someone's office?
That depends. There is not a time element to the policy. If you are going to be within 6' then you need to wear a mask. If you can maintain a distance greater than 6 feet then you would not be required to wear a mask.
Do I need to wear a mask if I am walking around in the halls?
Most of the hallways at our facilities are less than 6' wide. A face mask is needed if there is a reasonable expectation of passing someone in the hall.
Do I need to wear a mask if the facility I am working at does not care?
Yes, we should follow the stricter policy if there is a difference between the Host company and MCC's policy. If there are concerns or questions on who's policy to follow contact the divisional leadership or safety department.
How does one safely remove a used face cloth covering?
Individuals should be careful not to touch their eyes, nose, and mouth when removing their face covering and wash hands immediately after removing.
Should cloth face coverings be washed or otherwise cleaned regularly? How regularly?
Yes. They should be routinely washed depending on the frequency of use.
How does one safely sterilize/clean a cloth face covering?
A washing machine should suffice in properly washing a face covering.
How do you get additional cloth face coverings?
Distribution is being coordinated through your division, IRI, or safety department. Please click here to learn how to make cloth face coverings for yourself.