How to wear a face mask

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Frequently Asked Questions

Single use face masks, also referred to as surgical masks, provide a protective barrier that prevent the spread of larger droplets from the wearer to others, as well as protect the wearer from inhaling larger droplets, and from fluid splashes or high velocity streams of bodily fluids.

Single use face masks are rated as Level 1, Level 2 or Level 3 according to the degree of barrier protection provided.

Single use face mask: barrier protection and COVID-19 application:

Barrier Level 1

For procedures where the wearer is not at risk of splash or spray from blood or bodily substances or to protect staff and/or patients from droplet exposure to microorganisms.

COVID-19 application: Tier 1 – Area of higher clinical risk and where the patient is NOT suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 and is NOT in quarantine

Barrier Level 2

Where minimal blood droplet exposures may occur such as changing dressing on small wounds or healing wounds.

COVID-19 application: Tier 2 – Droplet and contact precautions. Direct care or contact with a person who is suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 or is in quarantine.

Barrier Level 3

All surgical procedures, major trauma first aid or whenever there is a risk of blood or body fluid splash or spray such as orthopaedic or cardiovascular procedures.

COVID-19 application: Tier 2 – Droplet and contact precautions. Direct care or contact with a person who is suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 or is in quarantine.

Type IIR face masks EN14683 are medical face masks made up of a 3 ply construction that prevents large particles from reaching the patient or working surfaces. Type IIR Face masks include a splash resistant layer to protect against blood and other bodily fluids. Type IIR face masks are tested in the direction of exhalation (inside to outside) and take into account the efficiency of bacterial filtration.

Characteristics of Type IIR face masks include:

Pleat style with ear loops or ties
Protective four-layer construction
Available in a variety of colours and styles
Splash resistant layer against bodily fluids.

Type I, Type IR, Type II and Type IIR masks are for use in protecting others from the wearer transmitting infection.

Our masks have 3 layers:
Inner layer: PP non-woven
Middle layer: Melt blown filter
Outer layer: PP non-woven

Melt blowing is a conventional fabrication method of micro- and nanofibers, where a polymer melt is extruded through small nozzles; all the while surrounded by high speed blowing gas. The randomly deposited fibres form a non-woven sheet product, applicable for filtration.

BFE stands for Bacterial Filtration Efficiency.

Our masks are tested to a BFE of >98%, meaning that the possibility of contracting a virus is significantly reduced.

Testing for fluid resistance against a high-pressure jet of simulated blood aims to replicate an arterial puncture which is sprayed directly at the face mask or respirator. The parameters for testing are based on the mean human blood pressure (80 – 120 mmHg) and likely proximity to the puncture site.

The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) F1862 / F1862M – 17 classification system rates a face mask or respirator as Level 1, Level 2 or Level 3 based on its resistance to a 2ml high velocity directed blood spray at a distance of 300mm:

Level 1: resistant at 80mmHg
Level 2: resistant at 120mmHg
Level 3: resistant at 160mmHg

Yes. We deliver Australia wide via Australia Post, including remote areas.

Currently we are fully stocked and ready to dispatch orders. All orders will dispatch within 1-2 working days. 

After dispatch, deliver times are as follows for all face masks: 

Melbourne – 1 Day
Sydney – 1 Day
Adelaide – 1 Day
Brisbane – 2 Days
Perth – 4 Days
Hobart – 5 Days
Cairns & Darwin – 6 Days

Other regional areas, add 1-2 days to your closest major city.

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