Author Topic: Protective facemasks  (Read 831 times)

Protective facemasks
« on: March 26, 2019, 10:24:42 pm »
I'm currently spending a lot of time in my parents loft, which is full of dust , loose fibreglass insulation & lots of rat shit.  I bought a packet of disposable facemasks https://www.clasohlson.com/uk/Dust-Mask/34-902
but as soon as I put them on my glasses mist up & I can't see what I'm doing.  Can someone recommend something better ?  Would a surgical type be OK ?
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Re: Protective facemasks
« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2019, 10:50:15 pm »
Get a quality rated product from screwfix, your lungs are precious.

They're not that expensive https://www.screwfix.com/c/safety-workwear/dust-masks-respirators/cat850348
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Re: Protective facemasks
« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2019, 05:58:51 am »
I don't think you can get this stuff on the cheap.
I've been using the 3M half-face masks for years.
They work.
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Re: Protective facemasks
« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2019, 12:58:28 pm »
A surgical mask's going to be ineffective.  They're designed to contain aerosolised droplets from the wearer (and provide a useful degree of splatter protection), not filter the air that you breathe.

In my limited experience of dust masks, the ones with a bypass valve for releasing exhaled air are significantly better at not steaming up glasses.  I suspect the answer is the proper ones that fit snugly as Jurek suggests.
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Re: Protective facemasks
« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2019, 01:02:37 pm »
3M jobbie now on order.
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Re: Protective facemasks
« Reply #5 on: March 30, 2019, 06:32:03 pm »
I suggest taking the time to find out how to put it on and adjust properly, if masks are not worn properly they do nowt. A PPE supplier website will probably have instructions, and usually there's a leaflet in the mask pack which says how to adjust it. (Mind you I buy from commercial PPE suppliers so not sure if you get the same in domestic supply).

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Re: Protective facemasks
« Reply #6 on: April 04, 2019, 12:20:38 pm »
I have the JSP Force 8 and the Trend Stealth Air, both are good.
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Re: Protective facemasks
« Reply #7 on: April 04, 2019, 12:39:09 pm »
3M jobbie now on order.

I'm not sure I'd want any kind of jobbie for a facemask... :o

Re: Protective facemasks
« Reply #8 on: April 04, 2019, 02:41:01 pm »
I’ve been using a £20 3M one for a few days now. A bit sweaty but a lot better than the cheap ones.
Quite scary to see the white filter turn grey in such a short time.
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Re: Protective facemasks
« Reply #9 on: April 04, 2019, 02:46:28 pm »
Once it goes grey or black turn it inside out and use the clean side

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Re: Protective facemasks
« Reply #10 on: April 08, 2019, 12:05:32 pm »
Dust masks are probably one bit of ppe that's considered easy to use but often misused.

At work we use replaceable filter masks and every new employee gets a face fit session with the company that supplies them. A trained guy comes and spends a bit of time to get the best mask for the person. There's size but also shape to consider. There's also how to fit it properly.

I know we're industrial and op is domestic / personal use but IMHO care with masks is still important.