Face coverings/masks and face shields are required protective gear for FSIS inspection program personnel. The shields are another layer of protection to help mitigate employees’ exposure to COVID-19. They can also help minimize contamination of masks and cloth face coverings, something that safety glasses cannot do.
The shields should be worn with face masks/coverings when employees are on the slaughter or processing floor, or otherwise performing their duties. Employees are also required to wear the face masks properly – covering both the nose and the mouth – while at work. When not performing duties on the slaughter or processing floor, employees are to wear the face masks/coverings only (except when eating and drinking), especially if sharing a space with others.