Health and Safety Executive advice

New research from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has revealed that masks with ear loops should not be used for specific applications.

The HSE research has discovered that ear-loop masks do not protect people adequately and therefore shouldn’t be used where tight fitting respiratory protective equipment (RPE) is required. Using an ear-loop mask it is not possible to create a tight seal with the face, even if they are used with tightening clips. This advice still applies to ear-loop masks with CE or UKCA marks. The HSE advise that dutyholders revisit their Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 risk assessments to ensure that they are taking the appropriate actions where RPE provision is required.

For more information about this advice, refer to the official HSE safety notice: HSE safety notice

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