The Best Way to Wear a Face Mask for Work or Play

Because they are designed to help reduce the wearer’s exposure to airborne particles, and unwanted particulates, wearing a face mask helps keep everyone safe in possibly contaminated environments. At Liberty Glove & Safety, we know that no mask will protect you if it doesn’t fit properly. To help you not only choose a suitable mask but also wear it correctly, we’ve put together some information that can help.

Find a mask that fits

Keep in mind that there are many models out there. You don’t have to settle on one that doesn’t sit well on your face or feels uncomfortable. It’s a good idea to practice putting on your mask in a clean area before using it in public or at work.

Whatever mask you choose, it should:

  1. Cover your chin, mouth, and nose
  2. Fit snugly, leaving no gaps
  3. Not impact your vision
  4. Be as comfortable as possible

For best practice, follow the directions provided in the packaging or learn more by checking out our Respiratory Protection Fit and Wear guide here.

Ear loops or head strap?

A face mask with ear loops has some advantages. The ear loops can be more flexible and feel slightly more comfortable when wearing work or recreational headgear.

1891 3-ply Face Masks with Ear Loops Fabric wrapped elastic headbands include an adjustable aluminum nose piece and ear loops for easy wear. Compliant with ASTM F2100-2019 Level Standards, these face masks are applicable in environments with minimal fluid exposure.

1891 3-ply Face Masks with Ear Loops Fabric wrapped elastic headbands include an adjustable aluminum nose piece and ear loops for easy wear. Compliant with ASTM F2100-2019 Level Standards, these face masks are applicable in environments with minimal fluid exposure.

On the other hand, headbands or head straps have a more secure fit that prevents any leakage. But, because of the stretchy nature of the material used, headbands can break when overstretched and are harder to manage with thick hair.

1890 Nuisance Masks with Headband Fabric wrapped elastic headbands also include an adjustable aluminum nose piece but have head straps instead of ear loops for easy wear. Available with one head strap or two head straps (1890D), these face masks are used for protection against minimal fluid exposure and are ideal in non-toxic dust, pollen, mold, and dander environments.

1890 Nuisance Masks with Headband Fabric wrapped elastic headbands also include an adjustable aluminum nose piece but have head straps instead of ear loops for easy wear. Available with one head strap or two head straps (1890D), these face masks are used for protection against minimal fluid exposure and are ideal in non-toxic dust, pollen, mold, and dander environments.

Mask comfort with max protection

Face masks that are more on the heavy-duty side create even more of a barrier for minimal fluid exposure. Particulate respirators, or what you might know better as an N95 face mask, offer fluid resistance and filtration efficiency of 95% per government regulatory standards. We currently provide two N95 particulate respirators to choose from, the 1895N and the 1895NV.

1895N N95 Particulate Respirator with Head Straps NIOSH approved N95 particulate respirators provide a fabric wrapped elastic headband with an adjustable aluminum nose piece bridge and two head straps for maximum protection. These 42CFE Part 84 compliant respirators are tested for fluid resistance and filtration efficiency and are used in environments that require 95 percent filtration.

1895N N95 Particulate Respirator with Head Straps NIOSH approved N95 particulate respirators provide a fabric wrapped elastic headband with an adjustable aluminum nose piece bridge and two head straps for maximum protection. These 42CFE Part 84 compliant respirators are tested for fluid resistance and filtration efficiency and are used in environments that require 95 percent filtration.

1895NV N95 Particulate Respirator with Exhalation Valve and Head Straps NIOSH approved N95 particulate respirators with exhalation valve provide the same features and compliant standards as above and include an exhalation valve for extra comfort in environments with warm temperatures to reduce air build-up.

1895NV N95 Particulate Respirator with Exhalation Valve and Head Straps NIOSH approved N95 particulate respirators with exhalation valve provide the same features and compliant standards as above and include an exhalation valve for extra comfort in environments with warm temperatures to reduce air build-up.

Masking up outside of work

Everyday face masks are still a recommended protection in some situations. Though these types of masks don’t necessarily need to be as heavy-duty as those we wear at work, they still need to meet high performance and protection standards.

When wearing a mask outside of work, remember to:

  1. Wear it over your nose and mouth
  2. Make sure it fits snugly (limit gaps)
  3. Avoid touching it (wash your hands if you do)

Reduce the risk of transferring airborne particles with these Liberty Glove & Safety face masks designed for common use.

1891KD 3-ply Face Masks with Ear Loops for Kids Looking for kid’s size face masks? These fabric wrapped elastic headbands offer the same features and compliance as our adult sizes 1891 face masks but are ideal for kids. Dimensions include: 5.75” x 3.75” and are latex-free. Limited Stock (While Supplies Last)

1891KD 3-ply Face Masks with Ear Loops for Kids Looking for kid’s size face masks? These fabric wrapped elastic headbands offer the same features and compliance as our adult sizes 1891 face masks but are ideal for kids. Dimensions include: 5.75” x 3.75” and are latex-free. Limited Stock (While Supplies Last)

1895KN – 4-ply Face Masks with Ear Loops Fabric wrapped elastic headbands include an adjustable aluminum nose piece and ear loops. These 4-ply face masks soft and comfortable don and doff, and latex-free ear straps.This mask is great at preventing airborne particles from entering through your nose or mout due to the extra layer of fabrich. Limited Stock (While Supplies Last)

1895KN – 4-ply Face Masks with Ear Loops Fabric wrapped elastic headbands include an adjustable aluminum nose piece and ear loops. These 4-ply face masks soft and comfortable don and doff, and latex-free ear straps. This mask is great at preventing airborne particles from entering through your nose or mouth due to the extra layer of fabric. Limited Stock (While Supplies Last)

Note: KN95 Face Masks are not NIOSH approved

Our masks are evolving to suit your needs

Based on decades of experience with PPE, Liberty Glove & Safety continually look for improvements in the face masks we offer. Look for our new line of NIOSH approved particulate respirator masks coming soon in Q2 of 2021.

1895NH N95 Heat Sealed Straps Particulate Respirator with Head Straps Coming soon in our respiratory safety product line, these NIOSH approved N95 particulate respirators provide a fabric wrapped elastic head band with an adjustable aluminum nose piece bridge and two heat-sealed head straps for maximum protection. These 42CFE Part 84 compliant respirators are tested for fluid resistance and filtration efficiency and are used in environments that require 95 percent filtration.

1895NF N95 3-Panel Flat Fold Particulate Respirator with Head Straps Looking for a flat fold respirator for convenient storage? Also coming soon, these NIOSH approved N95 particulate respirators provide a flat-fold fabric wrapped elastic headband with an adjustable aluminum nose piece bridge and two head straps for maximum protection. Providing the same compliance standards as our other particulate respirators, this respirator offers maximum protection and flat-fold convenience.

Moving Safety Forward

Solutions for worker wellness and workplace productivity are a priority for the team at Liberty Glove & Safety. We will continue to offer a wide range of essential PPE such as face masks and particulate respirators aimed at keeping people safe.

Learn more about our respiratory product line here, or contact your LGS sales professional today.

It has been just over a year since the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared coronavirus (SARS -CoV-2) a pandemic. LGS is committed to providing exceptional safety solutions during these unprecedented times. Our team continues to work diligently to serve our customers with excellence. Learn more about Coronavirus at the WHO website here or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website here.