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Safe Handling of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Putting the filtering facepiece respirator on correctly and removing it safely

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Dr. Weigert - Safe Handling of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

1. Putting the filtering facepiece respirator on correctly

It is advisable to familiarise yourself with the model and type of respirator before putting it on.

Important information:

  • Shoulder-length hair must be tied up in order to prevent it from getting caught.
  • Note for beard-wearers: There is no guarantee that the respirator will fit tightly. A close shave is advised.

1. Hand disinfection

Disinfect your hands, put on disposable gloves if appropriate, then take the respirator out of the packaging.

2. Respirator

Variant A: Disinfect your hands, then put on the respirator and protective goggles.

Variant B: Disinfect your hands, put on disposable gloves, then put on the respirator and protective goggles.

3. Put the respirator on

Put the body of the respirator over your mouth and nose, starting from your chin. With the other hand, pull the respirator straps over your head.

4. Correct position of the straps

The bottom strap of the respirator should be positioned on your neck and the top strap above your ears. The straps must not be twisted, and must lie flat.

5. Correct position of the respirator

The respirator should fit tightly. Therefore, adjust the position on the chin and nose in such a way that it fits closely to your face. It should be secure enough that it is unlikely to slip.

6. Adapt the nose clip

With one hand (index finger), press the nose clip onto the bridge of your nose from above

7. Adapt the nose clip

With the other hand (thumb and index finger), adapt it to the side contour of your nose. Check that there is no gap at the top of the bridge of your nose. The respirator must fit tightly.

2. Removing the respirator safely

Please note:

  • Before removal, ensure that you have changed gloves and adequately disinfected your hands.

1. Prepare for removal

Lean forwards slightly and, if possible, close your eyes.

2. Bottom strap

Take hold of the bottom strap with both hands and pull it forwards over your head.

3. Strap

The strap should not touch your face or eyes. Therefore, make slow and controlled movements. With one hand, keep the strap pulled slightly forwards.

4. Remove the top strap from your head

With the other hand, pull the top strap forwards over your head and down in a slow and controlled manner.

5. Remove the respirator

Pull the respirator forwards and down.