Safety at work is extremely important because employees are always accompanied by heavy-duty equipment and hazardous materials. And the face is one of the most important aspects of a human being that may get irrevocably damaged. Although our eyes are covered by safety glasses and earplugs to cover our ears, there has always been a question over face masks and respirators-which one between these two items is safer and should be used more often. see post
But these facial protectors are more effective than any physical injury in preventing harmful materials from entering the respiratory system. Whether it’s minute bits of dust or toxic contaminants-both of these facial protectors are successful in fulfilling their duties to perfection.
Let’s take a quick trip and find out more about face masks and respirators, how distinct they are from each other, and how best to dispose of them. After all, you have to learn which one suits your needs best.
What are Masks in Face?
Theses masks fit the nose and mouth loosely and protect them from sprays and splashes. Not only are they preventing things from entering in, they are also effective in preventing things from going out. For eg, if the user coughs or sneezes, prevent droplets from spreading out in the breeze.
Face masks however also come with a drawback. Because of loose fit they do not prevent the person from inhaling tiny airborne particles. Face masks are useful when used for medical and surgical purposes on a small scale.
What Are Breathers?
The breathers offer all the protection a face mask should bring. Additionally, a respirator’s closer fit causes the user to inhale the air that flows through its filter material. This filter is designed primarily for capturing microscopic airborne particles and the user breathes in cleaner air. They are widely preferred in both the industrial and medical industries, because of their effectiveness.
You need confirmation however that the respirator you chose is of the highest quality. You need to scan for the NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) clearance stamp on your respirator. A respirator approved by NIOSH will have the following information printed thereon
NIOSH check and Amount of Qualification
Total, model number or part number conforming
Series filters and the level of efficiency
There are nine types of respirators in NIOSH-N95, N99, N100, R95, R99, R100, P95, P99 and P100. The number represents the amount of contaminants that can be removed by the respirator, and the letter displays the degree of oil resistance (N = not oil resistant, R = medium oil resistant, P = heavy oil). It’s pretty clear to grasp that the most effective respirator is P100.
Whatever you use make sure you don’t share it with anyone else. Place it into a plastic bag and dump it into the garbage bin after being overused, broken, or soiled.