Surgical grade masks are now available through Med PPE. Designed with a fluid-resistant outer layer which covers both the nose and mouth and should be worn by professionals who interact with infectious pathogens or harmful chemicals in their workplace. Surgical masks are classified as a Class II medical device and different from respirators masks. They are also certified differently. Assess your environment and select the appropriate mask for you.
Surgical grade masks fall under three categories:
Level 1 (low) – venous pressure splash
Level 2 (moderate) – arterial pressure splash
Level 3 (high) – high-velocity procedures, orthopedic surgery
Surgical style masks are widely used protective tools in mostly the healthcare field, but have appropriate uses across industries. Ideal when defending the body against harmful chemicals and infections, using surgical style masks can help significantly reduce risks of bacterial or viral transmission. Surgical masks and respirators are not the same product and are certified differently. Thse masks provide a barrier of protection against large particle droplets and are not as effective against smaller particles. For that you will want a KN95 mask.
There are 3 classifications under the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM):
Level 1 (low) - venous pressure splash
Level 2 (moderate) - arterial pressure splash
Level 3 (high) - high-velocity procedures, orthopedic surgery