Minimise the spread of COVID-19; understanding the use of face coverings, facemasks and respirators.

15.07.2020

Mass adoption of face coverings is an essential part of a control approach to minimise transmission of COVID-19. Mandatory use is now required in many situations. However where use is not mandated, merely recommended, there is partial compliance due partly to a limited understanding about the differences and functions of face coverings, facemasks and respirators.

The Institute of Occupational Medicine (IOM), Society of Medicine (SOM), British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS) and the Chartered Institute for Ergonomics & Human Factors (CIEHF) have developed a downloadable and printable guide for employers and the public to help identify and understand the use of face coverings, facemasks and disposable respirators. They are urging people to share and print this poster so people across the UK understand the differences between face coverings, facemasks and respirators.

IOM, SOM, BOHS and CIEHF are advocating for better awareness about the differences between the various types of masks, how they work, how effective they are and why they should be used. They state that without the education and awareness journey, the UK will struggle to realise the benefits that countries across Europe see following the implantation of mandatory policies for the widespread use of facemasks.

IOM supports the view that widespread adoption is essential to reduce transmission of infection in the community by minimising the spread of respiratory droplets and aerosols from infected individuals. They are urging people to familiarise themselves with the information in the hope that transmission rates can be better managed by people wearing face coverings. 

waves
Understand the differences between face coverings, facemasks and respirators.
  • IOMworld Posted: 17 hours ago
    There is a legal duty for landlords to assess &control the risk of exposure to legionella bacteria in both domestic… https://t.co/RP4nHi3atu
  • IOMworld Posted: 3 days ago
    #NanoTox2021 is taking place online from 20th – 22nd April 2021 ➡️Nanotechnology ➡️ Hazard and risk assessment of n… https://t.co/HkPOPVzUgh
  • IOMworld Posted: 3 days ago
    Announcement: IOM's Online Face Fit Tester Training Live Workshop has been rescheduled to 1st June 10am. Join us on… https://t.co/8vfocIsDh3
  • IOMworld Posted: 4 days ago
    Join the IOM in this great opportunity to be a part of ground-breaking research on developing innovative methods fo… https://t.co/ri97lwycAP
  • IOMworld Posted: 6 days ago
    IOM talks about the physical and emotional aspects of working from home and how it impacts both organisations and h… https://t.co/cowqG7mN7M
  • IOMworld Posted: 11 days ago
    Health risks from Coronavirus and occupational disease are big issues for businesses. Our clients are benefiting fr… https://t.co/SwEyyQONfU
  • IOMworld Posted: 12 days ago
    Find out about the importance of Respirator Protection Equipment (RPE) in the workplace, join our online Face Fit T… https://t.co/AnEEVH0sVq
  • IOMworld Posted: 14 days ago
    Restrict the transmission of the #COVID19 virus in the workplace with a #COVID19 workplace risk assessment. Find ou… https://t.co/ksnH4OKp5U
  • IOMworld Posted: 18 days ago
    It is vital that Respirator Protection Equipment (RPE) is fitted correctly and safely. So that your staff are prot… https://t.co/DIlHGssfkx
  • IOMworld Posted: 19 days ago
    In the UK, respiratory-related diseases and conditons account for the third-largest work-related illness. See how… https://t.co/f7B3nOmK75