Differences Between a Respirator and a Surgical Mask

Want to know what the general differences between a respirator and a surgical mask?  Watch the following video.

In summary,

A respirator:

  • reduces exposure to airborne contaminants
  • specifically fits you
  • must be NIOSH certified, if required by your employer
  • protects against many airborne infectious diseases

A facemask:

  • loose fitting disposable mask
  • help stop large droplets from being spread by the person wearing it
  • help stop particles from reaching the mouth/nose of the person wearing it
  • airborne particles can reach the individual wearing it via gaps
  • FDA approved

Surgical N95 respirators:

  • provide respiratory protection in the healthcare setting
  • should be used in conjunction with other controls (engineering & administrative)
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