fbpx
updated 8:55 AM, Oct 19, 2020 Africa/Johannesburg
HOT NEWS
Why Conscious Leadership Makes Economic Sense
CCMA’S OPERATIONS DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
RSM South Africa: Do you have a recovery plan?
National Planning Commission on small business as spine of economic recovery and stimulation for pos
Tourism Minister hosts a media briefing on Lockdown Alert Level 3
Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane on Coronavirus COVID-19 alert level 3 tourism sector directions
Consolidated COVID-19 Direction on Health and Safety in the Workplace Issued by the Minister in term
2020 Amended Public School Calendar 11 June 2020
Covid-19 Occupational Health and Safety Measures in Workplaces Covid-19
COVID-19 Guidelines for Cloth Face Masks
A+ A A-

COVID-19 Guidelines for Cloth Face Masks

Guidelines for Cloth Face Masks

Cloth face coverings should—

  • fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • be secured with ties or ear loops
  • include multiple layers of fabric
  • allow for breathing without restriction
  • be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape

The mask must cover both the nose and face. Avoid touching it and do not lower it to talk.

*** Sterilising ***

The US Centres for Disease Control advises disinfecting used cloth masks in the washing machine.

If you don’t have a washing machine, disinfect the mask by putting it in boiling water for about a minute. This will deactivate any virus on it, but repeated boiling will wear out the mask. The exact rate at which this is likely to happen has not been studied.

Ironing your cloth mask exposes it to temperatures of 180 to 220°C. Extreme heat destroys any virus in under a minute. But how repeated ironing may affect filtration is yet to be determined.

Not all disinfection methods are safe for the filtration capabilities of a mask.

Some methods can damage the fine interweaving mesh of fibres. Soaking masks in 75% alcohol and drying, or chlorine- or bleach-based disinfection, significantly reduced the filtration capabilities of a cotton mask.

*** Removing Face Masks ***

Individuals should be careful not to touch their eyes, nose, and mouth when removing their face covering and wash hands immediately after removing.

  • If you wear a mask outside you must remove it safely when you get home.
  • First, wash your hands. Avoid touching the part of the mask that covers your face while you undo any elastic, straps or knots.
  • Remove the mask by holding it by the straps.
  • Once it’s removed, wash your hands again.

 

 

Last modified onTuesday, 28 April 2020 14:05

Warning: count(): Parameter must be an array or an object that implements Countable in /home/gwdhmoih/public_html/templates/gk_news2/html/com_k2/templates/default/item.php on line 176
Gary Watkins

Gary Watkins

Managing Director

BA LLB

C: +27 (0)82 416 7712

T: +27 (0)10 035 4185 (Office)

F: +27 (0)86 689 7862

Website: www.workinfo.com
Login to post comments

HR Associations