Dust masks are worn over the nose and mouth to filter out particles from the air
There are hundreds of situations where a dust mask is the perfect accessory for looking
after your health - sawing, sanding, planing, vacuuming, demolition work, sweeping
chopping, grinding, - you name it, a dusk mask should always be close to hand. A
respirator may be needed for some types or work.
A dust mask should not be confused with a respirator or surgical face mask which
are used for different purposes and are featured elsewhere on this site.
Dust masks are disposable, cheap and can be bought in bulk quantities when required.
Prices range depending on the quality of the materials and design of the mask.
They comprise a soft, flexible pad which covers the mouth and nose and is attached
to your face with rubber or elasticated straps.
You’ll find dust face masks being worn in many workplaces including the construction
and cleaning industries where people are working in a dusty environment.
They can be used to protect you from many types of dust given off by materials such
as wood, drywall, fibreglass or silica..
A dust mask will only protect you against certain risks and serves no purpose, for
example, where vapours, mists or gases are given off.
Aclose fit to the face is important for maximum protection when using a dust mask
and many products come with upper and lower straps to help achieve this.