Many individuals and workers are now wearing disposable masks on a daily basis to protect themselves during this pandemic. At this time when protection is essential, it is crucial to adopt good practices to maximize the effectiveness of the disposable mask to protect you or your workers.
Before even putting on a mask, the user should consider a few criteria to ensure protection:
Make sure you have no facial hair when putting on the mask:
Why? Facial hair prevents an efficient seal of the disposable N95-type mask. Various particles such as dust can pass through the sides of the mask and infiltrate the wearer's respiratory tract. It is crucial that the wearer is completely shaved, and the mask is in direct contact with the skin to ensure a tight seal.
Ensure that the mask is in good condition by performing a visual inspection:
The filter part of the mask must not be damaged, and there must not have any tears or deformations in the mask. Validate that it has not previously been in contact with infectious substances. If this is the case, the mask must be disposed of and a new one used. The sealing contour inside the mask should also be checked, as this part must remain elastic to ensure a tight seal. The elastics must not be stiff or damaged, and the seams must not be torn.
Putting on the mask
Before putting on the mask, you must clean your hands with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds.
Take the mask in the palm of your hand, the metal strip upwards, and put the mask on the chin and then on the nose.
Take the top elastic strap, make sure it is straight, and bring it to the back of the head upwards (at ear level).
Take the strap and bring it under the nape of the neck (at neck level).
Take your middle finger and index finger and apply pressure all along the metal strip to ensure the mask is perfectly sealed.
It is important not to pinch the strip with your fingers, as this could create an opening at the top and allow particles to enter the mask.
Put your hands around the mask to ensure a good seal. Inhale and exhale three times rapidly.
If nothing comes out of the mask, it is ready for use. However, if air escapes from the mask, the seal is not optimal, and it is recommended that you change it.
The respirator must be selected for each individual, according to a specific model and size to ensure the best possible seal and protection.
Fit tests allow testing and comparison of the many models of respiratory protection equipment available on the market and the selection of the most suitable ones. At SPI, we offer fit tests at your company or in one of our branches. To make an appointment, call us at 1-866-861-8111.
What is the correct method to safely remove the mask?
Take the bottom strap and pass it over your head and over the mask downwards.
Then, take the top strap and pull it up and remove it away from your face.