The State is ensuring the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) to businesses and essential workers. We have partnered with private industry to increase local production of PPE.

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How to get PPE

There are two ways the state can help you get PPE: 

  • You can buy PPE from a merchant listed in the Safely Making California marketplace, or
  • You can request PPE from the state directly.

To buy PPE

Visit Safely Making California. This is a PPE marketplace created by the California Manufacturers & Technology Association. There you can find where to buy:

  • Face masks
  • Face shields
  • Gloves
  • Sanitizers
  • Wipes
  • Gowns
  • Plexiglass partitions

To request PPE from the state

If you’re an employer of essential workers, you can request PPE from the state.

The State is distributing masks and PPE to front line workers to limit the spread of COVID-19.  It’s the state’s priority to ensure the safety of theseessential workers.

Preserving masks and PPE

If PPE is required as part of routine duties performed by essential workers:

  • Extend use times of undamaged, not visibly soiled PPE
  • Put in place expanded facility-based PPE reuse policies
  • Use CDC strategies to optimize the supply of PPE
  • Practice decontamination and reuse strategies for filtering facepiece respirators (FFRs)
  • Understand PPE requirements and track burn rate. Use CDC’s PPE burn rate calculator if needed
  • Use alternative types or sources of PPE to support necessary operations
  • Use NIOSH-approved respiratory protection that was not approved before by the FDA
  • Check FDA and OSHA for updates on enforcement and Emergency Use Authorizations
  • Read NIOSH guidance on conserving FFRs in non-healthcare worksites

If PPE is not required as part of routine duties performed by essential workers:

Acquiring PPE during shortages

If you’ve used these strategies to reduce the need for PPE, but you still need to order more, you should:

  • Continue working with private sector suppliers to source PPE. You may need to find many suppliers and focus on near-term versus long-term needs.
  • If suppliers can’t send PPE, and your need is urgent, request it from your county. Contact your county’s emergency management or public health department.
  • If your county can’t send PPE, they will contact the State Operations Center.
  • If the state can’t send PPE, it will contact the FEMA Regional Response Coordination Center.

The process for ordering masks and other supplies from the state works as follows:

Flow chart of the Face Covering Distribution Process from Cal OES

Face covering distribution process

Employer level

The first priority of essential employers is to ensure that employees have PPE to safely perform their duties. The employer has primary responsibility for the procurement and distribution of emergency PPE. When demand exceeds supply, they should contact their county or operational area.

Local government/county level

The first priority of local government is to ensure local essential workers have PPE to slow the spread of COVID-19. The local government handles buying and distributing emergency PPE in their area. When demand exceeds supply, they should contact the emergency operations in their region.

Regional level

When the region can’t meet the demand for PPE, they will contact the State for help.

State level

Cal OES will provide support and PPE resources to field level operations. These operations may need more PPE than the State can supply. In that case, Cal OES may request it from FEMA, EMAC, public/private partnerships, or other sources.