Discover the latest on reusable masks

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There’s currently a shortage of reusable masks in Europe. That’s why we partner with specialised manufacturers of high-quality respiratory protection devices, to ensure you always have access to innovative and comfortable solutions that help you breathe safe at work. Read on to find out more…

What are the different types of reusable masks?

Half masks - Half masks protect the nose and mouth. These are best used when protection of the eyes is not required, or when it can be used in combination with safety goggles.

Full face masks - Full face masks protect the entire face for even greater protection. These can also be used in combination with supplies-air products or PAPR (powered air-purifying respirator).

Filters - Filters are connected to the mask to protect the wearer from particulates, gases and vapours, or a combination of both. Some filters can even be used in both half and full-face masks.

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What do the different types of mask filters do?

Particulates filter - Particles filtration is ensured by the filter’s pleated medium. By using a filter with a pleated material, it increases the filtering surface and reduces breathing fatigue for the wearer.

Gases and vapours filter – Using activated carbons grains, this filter traps gases and vapours in its surface. They can also be treated to absorb selectively one or more groups of specific substances.

Combined filter – These filters are built with two sections, the first one has a pleated medium for particles filtration, and the second has the activated carbons to protect against gases and vapours.

Who will be required to use a reusable mask?

Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) is important for those who work in the marine and shipbuilding industries, and those that work around wood dust or mild steel welding fumes.

Many gases, vapours and dusts that cause serious damage to lungs and other parts of the body can be invisible to the naked eye. RPE helps protect against substances that can cause serious diseases.

Employers are required to supply RPE, but only as a last line of defence against hazardous substances. Priority should always be given to preventing and controlling exposure.

Here’s some more circumstances where someone might need RPE:

  • When installing other control measures
  • Clearing up a spill and maintenance
  • During temporary failure of a control measure at source, e.g., sudden failure of LEV
  • For cleaning, e.g., low pressure washing of a dusty shed
  • For short, one-off procedures
  • When needed in addition to other control measures for safe working

What innovations are featured in reusable masks?

At Tower we focus on providing products that are comfortable as well as safe. We believe that people are more likely to wear a comfortable mask, and therefore more likely to be protected.

Bayonet connection – This is a highly intuitive connection, allowing a quick and safe hold on the mask. Including locking feedback to let the wearer know the filter is properly in place.

Anti-fog – This feature is designed to avoid visor fogging by controlling the cold and hot air that flows inside the mask without perishable surface treatments.

Live visor – A feature in full-face masks that allows a panoramic visual field without optical distortions. And a vitrification treatment on its surface makes it scratch resistant.

Buy from a BSIF accredited partner

If you are unsure about which masks and filters you might need, we can help you understand the best combination for your requirements, associated risks, and working environment.

As well as providing expert advice and support, for a limited time you can claim a FREE BLS 4000 series mask with every box of filters purchased.

Call us today on 01202 718000 or fill out our contact form and we’ll get back to you.

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