When someone sneezes, particles exiting the nasal passages have been clocked at more than 100 miles per hour. That’s just one of the reasons why selecting the right cleanroom face mask is so critical.
Here are three simple steps to help you choose:
1) Identify the work environment. Do you need a mask for a pharmaceutical or biotech environment? For semiconductor, electronics or medical device manufacturing? Different environments require different protection. Your distributor or manufacturer can help you select the right mask for your needs.
2) Choose the appropriate style. Traditional pleated masks fit close to the face and offer good breathability. However, if the mask touches your lips or gets wet, consider a pouch style. Pouch designs keep masks from getting damp. They also have a larger breathing chamber, which makes breathing easier, and a consistent seal to reduce fogging.
3) Determine the attachment. For a secure fit that will reduce the risk of particles escaping, look for masks with durable, ultrasonically bonded ear loops and ties. Some masks also are available with knitted headbands or snaps to ensure a tight facial seal.
This Cleanroom Tip was contributed by Damon Larkin of Kimberly-Clark Professional Global Scientific Business. www.kimtech.com.
Read Pt. II of this Cleanroom Tip in our November/December issue!