Choosing the Right Mask for the Protection Required
This advice is written to assist in the selection of facemasks to ensure that the higher levels of PPE are issued only where necessary. This will avoid critical supplies being diverted and will enable them to be issued where they are most needed.
Determine the protection required
If full respiratory protection is not required, and the objective is to prevent the transmission of COVID-19, the most appropriate product would be a face mask. A respirator would be a more suitable alternative where full respiratory protection is needed to protect a worker.