These are Warnings and Limitations that all users must be made aware of in addition to all warnings and other information on the outside of the Moldex respirator packaging or other published related information. You must read and comply with these Warnings and Limitations at all times and if your employer has determined that it is appropriate to use this respirator.
Proper use of this respirator may reduce but will not eliminate the risk of illness or death from exposure to some Chemical, Biological, Radiological, or Nuclear (CBRN) hazards. CBRN hazards include, but are not limited to, bacteria, toxins, and viruses that can cause death, serious bodily injury or disfigurement. The long-range and short-range risks of CBRN hazards and the amount and manner of exposure that may produce such risks remain to a great extent unknown. Use of this respirator must be in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Health Advisories or any other Local, State or Federal recommendations for use of respirators against specific CBRN hazards. This respirator should not be used for many CBRN hazards.
There are more efficient models of respirators with a higher level of protection available from Moldex and other manufacturers. It is up to the employer, and not Moldex, to determine if a respirator should be worn and if so, which type, size, level of protection, and model.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), a branch of the CDC and a U.S. Government agency, is responsible for testing and certifying respirators for protection against hazardous industrial contaminants. Procedures for selecting and using proper respiratory protection are regulated by various governmental agencies, such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
NIOSH tests and certifies certain respirators for use against chemical warfare agents, biological warfare agents or biohazards and provides advisory information for some biohazards, but OSHA and other government agencies have not set any exposure standards for these agents or biohazards, in general.
Moldex does not make recommendations for any type of respirator to be used against CBRN hazards for workers or the general public.
You should know that there may be no obvious warnings of the presence or release of CBRN hazards.
WARNINGS FOR ALL USERS
• This respirator must only be used for substances having Permissible Exposure Limits (PELs) and only where deemed appropriate by your employer.
• This respirator must be fit tested. If you cannot obtain a proper fit, do not use the respirator and do not enter the risk area.
• This respirator is not for use with beards or other facial hair that prevents direct contact between the face and sealing surface of the respirator.
• Moldex respirators, when properly fitted and used as part of a comprehensive respiratory protection program, may reduce wearer exposure to some airborne hazards, but not all.
• In the event of a sudden or unexpected CBRN hazard release, you may use this respirator for escape only if you have not been provided with a more appropriate respirator for this type of situation. Do not remove the mask from the face until you have left the contaminated area.
• Do not reuse or store for reuse or hang around neck unless your employer specifically authorizes reuse. Dispose of respirator as a hazardous waste in accordance with your employer’s directions.
• Use other personal protective equipment, as directed by your employer. Where appropriate use protective gloves when handling or removing respirator and dispose of respirator and then gloves in accordance with your employer’s directions.
• If CDC or other Local, State or Federal agency issues new or revised guidelines for respirator use against specific hazards, users must strictly comply.
WARNINGS FOR USE OF PARTICULATE RESPIRATORS AGAINST TB
OSHA and CDC have recommended the use of any of the particulate respirators approved under 42CFR84 as a means of providing help in complying with a program designed to reduce occupational exposure to tuberculosis.
The level of effectiveness of respiratory protection from tuberculosis cannot be determined with currently available data. However, proper use of appropriate Moldex respirators in conjunction with a comprehensive respiratory protection program may reduce, but will not eliminate, risk of infection.
• Be sure to read the Limitations outlined below and strictly follow all Warnings set forth under the WARNINGS FOR ALL USERS.
• When using any Moldex respirator, filter replacement and/or disposal must be handled in accordance with your Healthcare Facility’s comprehensive respiratory protection program.
• If disinfectants are used to sanitize reusable facepieces, you must consult with your Healthcare Facility and run tests to ensure the compatibility of any disinfectant with Moldex reusable facepiece materials. Use of disinfectants could impair the efficiency of the respirator and result in a loss of protection.
• Respirators may reduce but do not eliminate wearer exposure to airborne hazards or the risk of contracting any disease or infection. Only use this respirator as part of a comprehensive respiratory protection program. You will receive no respiratory protection if this respirator is not properly fitted and worn. Additionally, potentially hazardous particles, including infectious agents, smaller than the particle sizes used in NIOSH certifications are likely to exist in certain environments. Some published data indicates that these smaller particles may not be filtered out as effectively as the particle sizes used by NIOSH [N Series Count Median Diameter (CMD) 0.075 ± .02μm Geometric Standard Deviation 1.86 (GSD) and R & P Series CMD 0.185 ± .02μm 1.6 (GSD)] when certifying respirators. It is imperative that you determine the size and potential hazards of the particles that may be present in the environment before selecting appropriate respiratory protection, and that you refer to CDC guidelines when selecting and using any respirator, particularly in environments where smaller types of particles, such as those referenced above, may be present.
• If the respirator comes in contact with blood or fluids, including body fluids, leave contaminated area as soon as possible and discard and replace the respirator.
• Moldex respirators must not be used on children.
For further information on use of respirators contact Moldex at +1 (800) 421-0668 or +1 (310) 837-6500 ext. 512/550, your Employer, or CDC at www.cdc.gov or +1 (800) 311-3435 or +1 (404) 498-1515.
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