A facemask provides a physical barrier to minimize contamination of the nose and mouth with respiratory droplets. It is recommended that following a risk assessment people who are symptomatic should wear a facemask when being transported around a care facility or between facilities.
PPE used at a workplace must be:
To ensure PPE continues to minimize any potential risk for the worker, PPE must be maintained, repaired or replaced and stored correctly which includes making sure it is clean, hygienic and in good working order.
Using PPE may give rise to problems that without proper management, could become a health and safety risk. For example:
Face masks, earloop masks, procedure masks, pain relief masks with beads, multi-purpose masks etc. are available for purchase.
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