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coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/how-to-wear-clothface-coverings.html). When removing face coverings, individuals
should not touch their eyes, nose or mouth. Individuals should
store face coverings in a paper bag or hang in a personal space and
wash hands immediately afterwards.
Some personal masks are equipped with exhalation valves. These
valves may present a risk for others around you. Individuals need
to follow specific guidance by their own organizations regarding masks with exhalation valves and elastomeric Air Purifying
Respirators (APRs). For example, at Boeing sites, individuals must
cover the entire valve with a procedural mask. Use of an APR at
Boeing is limited to production processes and hazardous work
where specifically required or recommended. Employees are not
allowed to bring an APR from home to use it at work because Boeing
cannot verify these respirators meet requirements for use (e.g.,
filter, medical qualification, fit testing and training).
PPE such as nitrile and latex gloves are commonly used during
the COVID-19 pandemic. However, they do not take the place of

task-specific gloves, such as cut resistant gloves or specific gloves
designated as PPE when handling chemicals. Some companies have
selected task-specific gloves coated with nitrile or latex rubber for
handling materials in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in
addition to hand protection. Please note coated gloves are not a
substitute for chemical gloves.
To properly and safely remove disposable PPE gloves, individuals
should use a process (see Illustration 1) to avoid contaminating
hands, or snapping the gloves to cause spray. Individuals should
dispose gloves in regular waste bins or hazardous waste disposals
when required. Wearing gloves does not substitute for cleaning
hands since hands can get contaminated while wearing or removing gloves. Individuals should wash their hands immediately after
removing and disposing gloves.
Shared IT equipment (keyboard, mouse and other hard touch
points) should be cleaned and disinfected with 70% isopropyl alcohol (IPA) or 99% IPA or Mark E II disinfectant, germicidal detergent.
Only 70% IPA can be used on touch screens or tablets. When 70%
IPA is unavailable, wear gloves during the touchscreen use.

Correct Cleaning & Disinfection
The CDC recommends that cloth face covering should be routinely
washed depending on the frequency of use, for example, daily cleaning for daily use. It is helpful to have more than one face covering
to rotate use between cleaning. Face covering should be replaced
when it becomes damaged or worn.
Reusable gloves, including task-specific gloves, must be cleaned
frequently. They can be washed and allowed to dry for re-use. It is
recommended to provide multiple pairs of task-specific gloves to
employees to allow cycle use of different gloves throughout the day,
or change when the gloves are damaged or compromised.
Exoskeletons, or external wearable devices used to increase
mechanical leverage, strength or speed, were initially used in military and medical rehabilitation applications. Boeing Research &
Technology researchers introduced industrial exoskeletons to the
manufacturing environment in 2017 to help technicians, electricians and painters work more safely. For example, the exovest, a
type of exoskeleton, is worn on the upper body like a backpack. A
switch activates a system of springs that supports the arms and
neck. It feels as though it is gently holding the user's arms up in the
air, freeing the hands to do work with ease. To mitigate COVID19 hazards when using exoskeleton technologies, Boeing requires
exoskeleton wearers and those working in close proximity to the
wearers must use PPE, including procedural masks and disposable
gloves. All exoskeletons must be disinfected before and after use.
The preferred method is using 70% IPA to disinfect the entire exoskeleton, especially the high-touch areas such as padding, straps
or handles.
While performing maintenance on aircraft, AMTs frequently work
on the top of airplanes' fuselages and wings. While on top of aircraft,
AMTs are high enough to be at risk of serious injury in the event of a
fall to a lower level. Occupational Safety and Health Administration
(OSHA) requires fall protection for more than four feet. To protect

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Editor's Takeoff: The Young and the Restless
Industry Inspection
40 Under 40, Who Made the Cut?
Keeping Sharp on Blade Maintenance
Protect Others, Protect Yourself
Nimble at 65
Flightdocs' Journey Lands at ATP
How to Address Systemic Safety and Quality Issues
Professionalism: Owning Your Impact
ARSA: Maintenance Professionals Share Career Stories
Advertiser's Index
Shop Talk: Maintenance Records, or Lack There Of
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