Face Coverings and PPE

Providing face coverings and appropriate PPE to members of the campus community and requiring their use follows public health guidance for minimizing virus spread.

The University maintains an active inventory of personal protective equipment (PPE) and supplies for a wide range of activities and functions. In light of COVID-19, in advance of the fall term Brown will purchase the following additional universal supplies for distribution to all its students, faculty and staff (with the exception of hospital-based faculty and students who have different infection prevention needs):

  • cloth face masks: three face masks per individual, with a maximum estimated population of 16,000 individuals;
  • hand sanitizer: two (4 oz) tubes per individual, per term while on campus; and
  • sanitizing wipes: one container per individual, per term.

For the most up-to-date information on the status of face covering requirements, consult the policies currently in effect on the Campus Activity Status page.

How to Apply Your Mask

The reusable face coverings Brown provides are designed to be adjustable. Pull the drawstring to cinch the sides for a snug fit.

Specialized Prevention Needs

Additional PPE is being procured for specialized needs, such as daily use by University Health Services personnel for clinical care, daily COVID-19 testing on campus, and use by Brown Emergency Medical Services for transport of potentially infectious patients. These supplies include:

  • surgical and N95 face masks;
  • face shields;
  • gowns (either disposable or reusable); and
  • non-sterile gloves.

We will ensure an adequate supply of the following PPE for the following groups of staff with specific infection prevention needs:

  • Dining Services: face masks, gloves (when needed) and disinfectant wipes;
  • Facilities Management: face masks, gloves (when needed) and disinfectant wipes; and
  • Environmental Health and Safety: face masks and gloves (when needed).

The specific PPE needs will vary based on the specific assignments of each staff member, and in general are not expected to be significantly different from current operations as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Contractors and Vendors

Brown has established guidelines for outside contractors on the type of PPE that are required for them to work on campus. This will vary by job description and scope of work, but will generally be similar to the types of PPE that Brown is purchasing for its own staff for similar types of activities.

Last updated Oct. 5, 2020. Information on this page may be updated as the University’s planning evolves and/or public health guidance prompts a shift in Brown’s operations and protocols.