• Personal protective equipment (PPE) includes clothing and other equipment designed to keep you safe in hazardous environments.  

    • 3 important personal protective equipment (PPE) Standards for face masks

      Standards play an important role in determining the effectiveness of personal protective equipment (PPE). PPE includes clothing and other equipment with the intention to protect someone from risks of injury or illness.

      PPE is generally designed and used to provide safer workplace conditions and play an important role in the healthcare and building and construction industries. Their main purpose is to make sure workers stay safe in their daily jobs.

      However, such protective equipment and their associated Standards can also be used in hazardous conditions in everyday life. For example, minimizing risk of spreading diseases or instances of poor air quality

      When selecting  protective clothing or equipment to suit  your needs, whether for work or everyday safety, it's important to know if they meet the requirements of their relevant Standards. Given the purpose of PPEs is to minimize potential risk and harm to the user, you can feel confident in the effectiveness of your equipment when it's built to the right specifications.

      Face masks are just one type of a personal protective device that can be utilized in conditions where infectious substances, asbestos, hazardous chemicals or fumes are present.

      Here are three important Standards shaping how face masks should be designed, tested and used to ensure effectiveness in the workplace and everyday life. 

      1. I.S. EN 13274-7:2019 Respiratory Protective Devices - Methods of test - Part 7: Determination of particle filter penetration


      This Standard specifies the procedure for testing particle filter penetration for respiratory protective devices and includes pre-requisites and test requirements.

      2. AS/NZS 1715:2009 Selection, use and maintenance of respiratory protective equipment  


      This Standard states the requirements and guidelines for respiratory protection. AS/NZS 1715:2009 includes discussion of respiratory hazards, the assessment of associated risks and various methods of control including the use of respiratory protective equipment (RPE). 

      3. ISO 16900-7 : 2015 Respiratory Protective Devices - Methods of test and test equipment - Part 7: Practical performance test requirements


      This Standard is part of the ISO 16900 series which specifies practical performance tests for respiratory protective devices (RPDs). ISO 16900-7 : 2015 includes general test requirements, procedure and test reports.

       

      It's important to know that use of PPEs work best in conjunction with other harm minimization processes, rather than a standalone fix. Face masks are quick and easy to implement and help to further reduce risk when used in conjunction with a holistic risk management plan.

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