Disposable Face Masks Canada offers health care providers, employers, and home users protection against various hazards. When used properly, disposable face masks can help block airborne particles, aerosols, or splashes.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends using personal protective equipment (PPE), including disposable N95 FFRs, to reduce an individual’s risk of getting sick during pandemic flu outbreaks.
Disposable Face Masks Canada are considered one-time-use devices that are discarded after each wear. These face masks typically have exhalation valves that allow moisture on the exhaled breath to exit the mask while keeping contaminated air inside the mask; this keeps droplets containing infection away from the wearer’s mouth and nose. Disposable face masks may also prevent the transmission of infectious droplets between wearers; however, they should not be considered a substitute for NIOSH-approved N95 respirators in protecting against highly concentrated and highly contagious particles like aerosolized droplets.
Disposable Face Masks Canada goes by many different names:
- Disposable Respirator
- FFR – Face Fitting Respirator
- FFP1 – Fitting Facer oval mask 1
- Gas Mask
- Procedure Mask
- Surgical Mask US
To date, there are no alternatives to disposable face masks that provide effective protection from exposure to airborne contaminants. Contrary to popular belief, surgical or procedure masks will not provide adequate protection against airborne contaminants.
The Canadian Standards Association (CSA) has set safety standards for disposable face masks in Canada to help ensure the product’s effectiveness following its intended use. Every type of disposable face mask must be tested and approved by a CSA-accredited testing organization before being commercially sold in Canada, so users can have confidence that they are getting an effective product.
Disposable Face Masks Canada may protect against:
- Dust — including asbestos
- Fumes — from welding or paint fumes, for example
- Mists — from spray paint, pesticides, or fertilizers
- Aerosols — infectious disease droplets such as influenza virus particles
- Biological particles — such as tuberculosis bacteria
- Spore – anthrax spores, for example
Disposable Face Masks Canada may NOT protect against:
- Gases and Vapors – gas leaks or chemical vapors, even when combined with approved respiratory protection devices such as supplied-air respirators.
Disposable face masks do not provide a higher level of protection than surgical masks; they are designed to increase wearers’ safety exposed to various hazards. They provide an additional line of defense only when used in addition to other personal protective equipment (PPE) such as disposable gloves and/or safety goggles. Disposable face masks do not give wearers 100% protection from all airborne contaminants.