Standards, Respiratory Protective Devices and the Coronavirus: The truth about filtering half masks

With the outbreak of Coronavirus (Covid-19), a general state of panic has erupted in some countries. In the European Union, some member states have introduced preventive measures to contain the situation. At the same time, public level demand for filter masks has increased. While filter masks alone cannot guarantee complete protection, they are effective in some situations. In this article, SME Safety provides information about the regulatory framework governing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), different types of filter masks certified as PPE, and their usage.

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The article has been drafted by Alberto Spasciani for SME Safety.