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How to Properly Put On and Take Off a Disposable Respirator

February 2010
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication Number 2010-131
cover of 2010-131

Wash your hands thoroughly before putting on and taking off the respirator.

  • If you have used a respirator before that fit you, use the same make, model and size.
  • Inspect the respirator for damage. If your respirator appears damaged, DO NOT USE IT. Replace it with a new one.
  • Do not allow facial hair, hair, jewelry, glasses, clothing, or anything else to prevent proper placement or come between your face and the respirator.
  • Follow the instructions that come with your respirator.