Using a mask for respiratory protection? Use a mask bearing the CE mark.
Surgical masks are simply hygiene masks and are not a reliable form of respiratory protection. If you want to use a mask for respiratory protection, it is important to use regulated masks bearing the CE mark. The choice of mask depends on the type of protection required. Is the aim of the mask to protect against particulate matter, viruses, gases or vapours, and what types? The exposure level and the duration of the exposure are also determining factors. The person on the photo above is therefore not protected against inhaling smog (combination of particulate matter and gases) or the flu virus.
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