Integrity Facemasks

30/10/2017 @ 15:38:00

People are the biggest source of contamination in a cleanroom. After all, everything else which is allowed to enter a cleanroom can be disinfected before it is taken in to the space. Unlike people.

So how much contamination can come from people who are clean? The average human will lose 6 – 14 grams of dead skin particles every day, and will lose a complete layer of skin about every four days. That is equivalent to 10,000,000 particles each and every day!

It’s therefore no surprise than that the general consensus is that people account for up to 80% of all particles generated in a cleanroom.

While different ISO-rated cleanrooms require varying levels of cleanroom protective clothing to be worn, facemasks are the product which people often feel most strongly about because they make breathing seem a little less natural, disguise faces, and hinder communication.

Nonetheless, they are essential bits of kit in most clean environments, so it is important to choose the mask which is not only fit for purpose, but which also allows the wearer to feel comfortable.

There are five main mask options:

  • Tied facemasks – a popular option because they have greater flexibility of adjustment than other facemasks.
  • Earloop facemasks – with premium comfort earloops, these fit underneath hoods.
  • Pouch-style facemasks (also referred to as duck bill facemasks) – these masks are specially designed to filter dust and also features a neck guard.
  • Headloop facemasks – these fit around the head, over the top of a hood and overlapping at the sides, so only the eyes are visible.
  • Veils – these come with two fixing options – head loop, or studs to fix on to reusable hoods – and tuck in to the cleanroom coverall, providing the protection needed with total comfort.

After you have selected the most appropriate facemask for your requirements, the next area for consideration is maximising the effectiveness of the item. There are four elements to this:

  • 1. Hygiene. Thoroughly wash hands before putting the mask on. If antibacterial soap and water isn’t available, use an alcohol disinfectant instead.
  • 2. Coverage. The facemask should cover both the nose and mouth.
  • 3. Fit. Once on, check that the mask is properly fitted – no air should escape from mask edges.
  • 4. Breathe. It sounds obvious, but remember to breathe in through the nose so that the cilla can catch particles, and out through the mouth.

Our range of disposable cleanroom facemasks provide flexibility of choice as well as quality guarantees to ensure the protection needed to minimise contamination and reduce the risk of costly down time. If you would like a sample or more information about the range, please contact the team please contact the team

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