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Can Masks Be Reused?

Cloth masks can be reused after a thorough washing. Surgical masks should be discarded after single use, and respirator masks should be discarded after 8-12 hours of use.

How Can You Assure The Quality of Your Mask?

The mask should be certified by the NIOSH (National institute for occupational safety & health) Or NPPTL (National personal protective technology laboratory).

When Should You Use Surgical Masks?

Surgical masks or procedure masks are the most common mask used by health workers. It is not designed to protect the wearer from inhaling the air born bacteria & viruses. It is used to block only large particle droplets, splashes, sprays or splatter. It also reduces the exposure of wearer’s saliva & respiratory secretions to others. Surgical masks also remind wearer not to touch their mouth/nose which could otherwise transfer virus/bacteria after having touched a contaminated surface.

What Is The Purpose of The Valve On Some of The Masks?

That valve is nothing but a simple exhalation port with a one way valve mechanism, it reduces the effort of respiration, reduces heat inside the mask, and dissipates humidity.

What is The N, R or P Meaning Written Over The Mask?

The letters stand for N – not oil proof, R – oil resistant, and P – oil proof

What is The Efficiency Grading of The Masks?

According to the efficiency of filtration, the masks are usually graded as 95, 99 & 100. Which means these respirator masks are capable of trapping 95%, 99% & 99.9% of particles, smaller up to the 0.3 micron size. This grading can also be done as P1 (FFP1) 80%, P2 (FFP2) 95%, and P3 (FFP3) – 99.95% filtration efficiency.

Are All Respirator Masks The Same?

No, the respirators are graded according to their filtration efficiency, the used filter type, and according to the type of materials used & additional features.

What Is The Difference Between A Mask and Respirator?

Masks have a loose fit, and doesn’t seal nose & mouth snugly. During respiration air moves along the edges of the mask, however, respirators have a tight seal & most of the times air passes only through after filtration.

What Are The Types of Respirators?

The three types of respirators, are the N-95, N-99, and the N-100

What Are The Types Of Masks?

The two types of masks are surgical and cloth masks

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