According to the UNE 0065: 2020 Specification
Instructions for using the masks
1. Using the mask
The hygienic mask does not exempt the user from the application of barrier gestures complemented by the social distancing measures that are essential in accordance with the recommendations indicated by the Ministry of Health.
NOTE Collective protection measures take priority over individual protective measures. For the mask to be effective, it must be used correctly as indicated below, for this reason, the donning, use and removal of hygienic masks for children must be supervised by an adult.
1.2. Putting on the mask.
It is recommended to place the mask on bare skin (that is, without the presence of hair in contact with the user's skin and, for some people, shaved skin) and to respect the following steps:
- Wash hands with soap and water or rub them with a hydroalcoholic solution before handling the mask.
- Identify the upper part of the mask.
- Position the mask on the face, at the level of the nose. If you have a nose clip, adjust it to the nose.
- Hold the mask from the outside and fasten the head harness behind it or on both sides of the ears, without crossing them.
- Lower the lower part of the mask to the chin.
- Check that the mask covers the chin.
- Pinch the nose clip with both hands to adjust it to the nose (if any).
- Check that the mask is correctly fitted. For this, it is necessary to verify the seal and the absence of respiratory discomfort.
- Once adjusted, do not touch the mask with your hands. If the user needs to touch the mask, they must first wash their hands with soap and water or rub them with a hydroalcoholic solution.
1.3. Removing the mask
To avoid contamination when removing a mask, the following steps should be followed:
- remove protective gloves;
- wash your hands with soap and water or rub them with a hydroalcoholic solution;
- remove the mask without touching the front of the mask;
- if the mask is to be reused, see section 4, and if it is to be disposed of permanently, see section 2;
- wash your hands with soap and water or rub them with a hydroalcoholic solution.
1.4. Washing and drying the mask
A complete wash cycle must be carried out (moisten, wash, rinse), with the usual detergent, at a wash temperature of 60 ° C. Contact between a dirty mask (to be washed) and clean clothing should be avoided.
The person in charge of the wash must protect themselves to handle the dirty masks.
Products that can degrade or damage the materials and that diminish their protective capacity should not be used.
It is recommended that the mask dry completely within 2 hours after washing. It should not be dried or sanitized with a microwave oven. Both during drying and subsequent storage of the mask, environments in which the mask can become contaminated again should be avoided.
After each wash cycle, a visual inspection should be performed (with protective gloves or washed hands).
2. Disposal of the mask
To reduce the risks of using these masks, it is noted that once the maximum number of 30 washes has been exceeded, they must be discarded.
2.1. Mask Disposal Procedure
Masks should be disposed of in a container fitted with a plastic bag (preferably with a lid and non-manual control).
It is recommended to use a double bag to preserve the contents of the first bag in case of tearing of the outer bag.
Used masks can also be disposed of in bio-waste containers.
2.2. Duration of maximum continuous use
For reasons of comfort and hygiene, it is recommended not to use the mask for a time greater than 4 hours.
In case it gets damp or deteriorates due to use, it is recommended to replace it with another one.
During the period of use, the mask can only be removed in accordance with the instructions (see section 1.3.).
The mask should be washed every time it gets dirty, wet, or cannot be properly placed on the face.
The mask should not be used if it is dirty or wet. If it is to be stored temporarily, contact with any surface should be avoided. It should also not be placed in a waiting position on the forehead or under the chin during and after use.
UNE 0065: 2020 specification