WHY YOU SHOULD WEAR A FACE MASK
Face Mask FAQs:
Face masks are used as a tool to provide personal protection against airborne particles such as dust and bacteria. Personal face masks also assist in reducing the spread of disease. There are different types used across industries, such as utility, dental, isolation, laser, medical, procedure, or surgical masks. These loose-fitting masks cover the nose and mouth and are secured by ear loops. Our masks effectively block visible objects such as droplets, filtering non-oily particulate matter in the air. The mask absorbs hot air exhaled from the body, leaving skin dry and comfortable. It is also anti-bacterial and fluid resistant.
1. It is important that the face mask used is approved by the FDA. Masks are most effective when combined with frequent hand-washing with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub.
2. Disposable face masks are intended for one-time use and are to be thrown out in the trash after removal.
3. Remove and replace the face mask if it becomes wet; this will draw in moisture and debris.
4. Know how to use and dispose of a face mask properly.
5. Avoid touching the face mask while in use to avoid contamination- if your hands do come in contact with the mask, clean hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub.
Face masks usage:
1. Masks help limit the inhalation of dust particles in the environment as well as the spread of germs, which occurs when people talk, cough, or sneeze, releasing small droplets into the air that can infect others.
2. If you are sick, this reduces the number of germs that are released into the air and can protect others from becoming sick.
3. If you are not sick, this protects the nose and mouth from contact with other people’s bodily fluids and air particulates.
4. Follow your specific workplace guidelines for when people should wear face masks, consult with the local industrial and health authority.
DONNING & DOFFING FACE MASKS
How to put on a face mask:
1. Before touching the face mask, thoroughly clean your hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub.
2. Inspect the face mask to ensure no tears or holes are visible on either side. If there are any holes, discard the mask and examine a new one.
3. The top side of the mask will have the metal piece to shape around your nose, and the inside of the mask is white.
4. Hold the mask by the ear loops. Place a loop around each ear.
5. Mold or pinch the stiff edge to the shape of your nose.
6. Pull the bottom of the mask over the mouth and chin, make sure there are no gaps between your face and mask.
How to remove a face mask:
1. Before removing the face mask, clean your hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub.
2. Hold onto both of the ear loops and gently lift and remove the mask downwards, away from the face. It’s important to avoid touching the front of the mask, as it is contaminated.
3. Immediately throw the used face mask in a closed trash can, then clean hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub.