How do face masks work?

The masks are manufactured from 3-ply, spun-bonded polypropylene, non-woven fabric with an integral plastic-coated strip above the nose for optimum fit, whilst being light-weight and comfortable. The elasticated loops are latex-free to minimise allergic reactions.

How should I handle my mask?

Wash your hands or use hand sanitiser when: Putting on a mask. After taking off your mask. Any time you have to touch your mask.

Avoid touching your mask by: Holding your mask by the ear loops or tires whenever possible. Adjust for fit when you first put the mask on - then leave it alone. Use a mask as a reminder not to touch your face.

How to put on a face mask?

  • Clean your hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer before touching the mask.
  • Remove a mask from the box and make sure there are no obvious tears or holes in either side of the mask.
  • Determine which side of the mask is the top. The side of the mask that has a stiff bendable edge is the top and is meant to mould to the shape of your nose.
  • Determine which side of the mask is the front. The coloured side of the mask is usually the front and should face away from you, while the white side touches your face.
  • Hold the mask by the ear loops. Place a loop around each ear. Mould to the shape of your nose.
  • Pull the bottom of the mask over your mouth and chin.

How to remove a face mask

  • Clean your hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer before touching the mask. Avoid touching the front of the mask. The front of the mask is contaminated. Only touch the ear loops.
  • Hold both of the ear loops and gently lift and remove the mask.
  • Throw the mask in the trash. Clean your hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer.

Do I still have to cover my mouth when I sneeze or cough if I wear the masks?

  • Yes. It is essential that you continue to cover your mouth when you sneeze/cough & wash your hands after.
  • It is advisable that you sneeze and cough into the inside of your elbow.

Should I be wearing a mask in my home?

  • Yes, only if someone has cold symptoms in your home, they should wear masks and keep a social distance away from everyone else within the household.

What other preventative measures can you take to protect yourself from airborne substances?

  • Using a mask is just one preventative measure you can take to protect yourself from respiratory pathogens, dust and harmful airborne substances. However, it is recommended to not rely on masks alone to provide an adequate level of protection. Here are a few more steps you can use, along with the use of safety masks to protect yourself from harmful substances in the environment:
    • Perform hand hygiene frequently, using soap and water (where possible) or an alcohol-based hand rub
    • Try not to touch your face, especially your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
    • Cover nose and mouth with a bent elbow or paper tissue when coughing or sneezing and dispose of tissue immediately after use
    • Keep surfaces clean and disinfected