HSE safety alert issued: ear loop masks/respirators
A safety alert, issued on 26 April 2022, advises that HSE does not recommend using ear loop masks/respirators as tight-fitting RPE at work.
New HSE research has shown that respirators/masks which rely on ear loops to hold the respirator/mask in place, do not protect people adequately when used as tight-fitting respiratory protective equipment (RPE).
This includes any respirators/masks which use clips, ‘snuggers’ or other means of tightening ear loops, even if they have CE or UKCA marks.
View the safety alert for more information.