Urgent safety alert - N95 face masks

Reports have emerged of “standard” (non-fluid resistant, for example 3M 8110, 8110S, and 8210) N95 face masks being distributed for use in operating theatres in Sydney, Melbourne and South Australia.
 
Dr Nick Coatsworth (Commonwealth Deputy CMO) has forwarded the following advice:

"The 3M masks (8210 and 8110) which the Department of Health currently holds in the National Medical Stockpile meet the Australian standards (AS/NZS 1716:2012). These products have been tested and accredited to meet the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) standards in the US because they have at least 95 per cent filtration efficiency against solid and liquid aerosols that do not contain oil. "
 
Our advice is that in circumstances where exposure to contaminated body fluids is considered a significant risk, fluid resistant masks need to be worn in conjunction with full face shields.
 
“Medical and Surgical N95” face masks (for example 3M 1860, 1860S, 1870+, BSN 72509-10) are deemed fluid resistant, and suitable for use in the OR.
 
Note that full face shields alone do not provide complete protection against spraying of fluids onto the face, given the various angles at which fluid can enter under the shield.
 
Please refer to your local hospital or jurisdictional health authority if clarification is required



 
Last updated 09:08 30.06.2020