Face coverings and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
As more people return to work, there will be more movement outside people's immediate household. This increased mobility means the Government is now advising that people should, where possible, wear a face covering in enclosed spaces where social distancing isn’t possible and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet.
In line with government advice and health and safety guidance, and to ensure that we can get maximum use of our campus, from the beginning of the next academic year face coverings will be mandatory on university premises including libraries, lecture and seminar rooms, labs, studios, social spaces and corridors.
Face coverings are available for all LJMU staff and students - at no charge. These will be made available upon return to any of our buildings.
We are currently assessing the use of visors for staff engaging with students who will be at a disadvantage without being able to see facial expression.
Face-coverings are not intended to help the wearer, but to protect against inadvertent transmission of the disease to others if you are asymptomatic (i.e. you do not have any symptoms of the virus). It is important that when applying or removing face coverings, that you wash your hands first and avoid touching your face.
Physical distancing, hand washing and respiratory hygiene, are still the most important and effective measures we can all adopt to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The wearing of face coverings must not be used as an alternative to any of these other precautions.
There are some roles or activities that it has been identified, through risk assessment, require PPE for them to be undertaken safely. The individuals being asked to undertake these roles will be informed that PPE should be used and this will be provided by the university.