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The difference between disposable respirators and surgical masks

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While disposable respirators may look similar to masks used in surgery and other medical procedures, the two are designed for very different purposes.

First, the two forms of protection differ in function. Surgical masks are primarily designed to prevent the wearer from exhaling particles - such as saliva or mucus - that contaminate the work environment. Respirators, on the other hand, protect the wearer from potentially dangerous particles generated by the work environment.

The two types also have different fits, with respirators sealing tightly to the face and surgical masks having a looser fit. Respirators include specialized filter media, while masks usually do not. Wear times and certain regulatory standards also differ between the two.

Let's take a closer look at the following, which will also help your staff better understand the differences

Here is the content list:

  •  Disposable respirators

  •  Surgical masks

  •  Are N95 masks disposable?

  •  How do I choose the right respiratory protective equipment (RPE)?

1. Disposable respirators

Reduces the wearer's exposure to certain airborne particles, including those <100 that can be inhaled through the nose or mouth.

Fits tightly to the face and creates a seal between the face and respirator to help ensure all air is drawn through the filter.

Intended to protect the wearer from substances in the work environment.

Must be put on and taken off in a clean area and worn at all times the wearer is in the contaminated area.

Certified by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Required to perform under certain stringent test conditions before approval is granted.

2. Surgical masks

Helps prevent particles expelled by the wearer (such as saliva, mucous, etc.) from contaminating the work environment. Also reduces the chance of blood and other bodily fluids entering the wearer's mouth and nose.

Fits loosely over the face and does not typically include a filter.

Intended to protect the work environment (including patients) from substances expelled by the wearer.

Typically worn for the duration of a specific procedure and then discarded for infection control purposes.

Cleared for sale by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Tests may be conducted but manufacturer-submitted data is usually submitted for approval.

Are N95 masks disposable?

All FDA-cleared N95 respirators are labeled as "single-use," disposable devices. If your respirator is damaged or soiled, or if breathing becomes difficult, you should remove the respirator, discard it properly, and replace it with a new one.

How do I choose the right respiratory protective equipment (RPE)?

RPE should be right for the: Wearer Task, and Environment.

The protection values of different types of RPE.

The potential for oxygen deficiency.

The presence of solvent vapors (use the correct filter for the application)

The work involved – more strenuous jobs may require a greater air supply.

The temperature of the area worked in.

No matter the type of protection you need, it’s important to make sure your respirators stay fresh and ready to use.

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