How to wear a mask properly

Face Mask Do’s and Don’ts

The importance of proper mask donning and removal


Face masks have become a part of everyone’s daily routine over the last year but are only effective when donned and removed effectively. Incorrectly donning or removing face masks can spread of harmful germs and pathogens and reduce the effectiveness of the mask. Ensure you team follows these do’s and don’ts to get the most out of your disposable mask supply.


The Do’s:

1. Before touching the mask, do perform proper hand hygiene 

Wash hands with soap and water for 20-30 seconds or perform hand hygiene with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer before touching the face mask.


 2. Do ensure the mask covers the face fully without gaps

Pull the bottom of the mask so that is fits snuggly under the chin.


3. Do fit the mask to the shape of the nose

With the colour side of the mask facing outward, press the strip to snuggly fit over the bridge of the nose and then perform proper hand hygiene.


4. Do discard the mask immediately after removal to avoid the spread of germs 

Once discarded, perform proper hand hygiene.


The Don’ts:

1. Don’t touch the mask while wearing

If this occurs, perform proper hand hygiene.


 2. Don’t reuse masks

If a mask gets wet or dirty while in use, replace it and perform proper hand hygiene.


3. When removing a mask, don’t touch the front of the mask

Instead, lean forward and gently remove the mask by holding the ear loops or ties.


Post these step-by-step instructions from Bunzl Safety to help your team properly don, remove and dispose of disposable masks – download your free copy here!

Need help with a mask program for your facility? Just ask us!