I was recently having a discussion with a work colleague about wearing a respirator mask and the difference between that and a surgical mask. After our conversation, I decided that I would do some research online to see if his claims were true.
I discovered that it was important you know which type of mask fits which type of work situation as making the wrong choice could be hazardous to the health.
Respirator masks are used to reduce the amount of airborne contaminants that a worker is exposed to. You can purchase them in a lot of different sizes and they are designed to form a tight seal around the face. When breathing through the mask, all air must pass through the mask’s material and any contaminant will be filtered out.
Surgical masks, however, are designed more to protect the wear from physical contamination occurring, such as liquid splashes.
I am pleased that I took the time to do the research on the difference between the two types of masks so that I can make sure I am wearing the right one depending on what type of work I am doing at the time. Plus, I am now more knowledgeable for the next time we have a work place discussion about these.