Nicotine safety gear: Masks
Masks protect internal organs, especially the lungs, by saving one from inhaling the nicotine fumes but also cover the face. If it’s a full mask, it also covers the eyes.
There are various protective masks on the market. They are applicable in two versions: full-face gear or partially-covering masks. In Chemnovatic, we use both – full face masks that meet the requirements of EN 136:2001 Standard and half-masks that are compatible with EN 140:1993 Standard.
Safety masks’ classes
When it comes to full-face masks, there are 3 classes:
- Class 1 – concerning light duty and low maintenance
- Class 2 – concerning general duty, with maintainable parts
- Class 3 – concerning heavy-duty firefighters
As mentioned before, half-masks are also acceptable when working with nicotine. However, when used in negative pressure systems, they may require filters compliant with the norms: EN141, EN143, EN371, or EN372.
Additionally, remember to wear protective goggles when using half or partially-covering masks. The norm EN-166 describes their requirements.