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COVID-19 Masks, Coverings, and Respirators

Learning Objectives

  • Distinguish between a face mask, face covering, and a respirator
  • Describe the purpose of a face mask, face covering, and a respirator
  • Describe the protection face masks, face coverings, and respirators provide and what type of workers wear each type
  • Recognize your employer’s responsibilities for respirator use in the workplace

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5 Minutes

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This lesson covers the differences between face masks, face coverings, and respirators, such as the N95 mask. The lesson also provides an awareness of an employer’s responsibilities for respirator use in the workplace.

Course Outline
  • COVID-19 Masks, Coverings, and Respirators
     
Regulations
  • “Transcript for the OSHA Training Video Entitled Respirator Types.” (n.d.) Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Retrieved from https://www.osha.gov/video/respiratory_protection/resptypes_transcript.html
  • “Elastomeric Respirators: Strategies During Conventional and Surge Demand Situations.” (n.d.). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/elastomeric-respirators-strategy/index.html
  • Bach, Michael. July 6, 2017. “Understanding respiratory protection options in Healthcare: The Overlooked Elastomeric.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved from https://blogs.cdc.gov/niosh-science-blog/2017/07/06/elastomerics/
  • “N95 Respirators and Surgical Masks (Face Masks).” (n.d.). USDA Food and Drug Administration. Retrieved from https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/personal-protective-equipment-infection-control/n95-respirators-and-surgical-masks-face-masks#s3