Changing needs in the workplace.
It’s not only that certain staff on the frontline have grown beards and now cannot get a good seal on a standard disposable mask. Many of your workers may have begun performing different tasks due to staff reorganisation. With the shortages in PPE experienced, they may well be using alternative masks to those in use pre-pandemic. And in many organisations, safety exposures may have changed dramatically with recent amendments made to their core activities.
Are you confident that the masks you are using fit correctly and provide a good seal? If alternative or new masks are being used the fit may not be accurate. Ensuring a good fit means the difference between the mask doing its job or not, and a poorly fitting mask can also lead to painful rubbing. Try Anchor Safety’s face fit service to ensure your staff have the right size mask and know how to adjust it to their own head.
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It is worth taking expert advice to ensure that you are aware of all the options. Where environments and hazards have changed it might be that you need to look at full head respiratory solutions, which rely less on face fit. Integrated full head top respirators, with a choice of head tops, filters, visors and more can offer the perfect combination of protection levels as well as fit, creating the ideal match for your organisation.
Powered waist mounted options might be preferable where headspace is limited, or necessary for particular hazard types requiring larger filters; these would make a headtop impractical.
Discussing your needs with a technical specialist at Anchor will enable you to take a close look at your changed situation and to address the issues which are arising in this new world with a full, risk based review. Anchor Safety specialists can ensure that your face fit testing is compliant, aligned with any change in equipment being used or tasks performed and that your decontamination procedures are up to date. And you don’t need to persuade your frontline staff to shave off those bristling beauties – Anchor can advise on powered respiratory solutions to ensure they are as safe as the less hirsute!