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Mask related acne: using barrier tape with respirators may contravene safety standards

BMJ 2021; 374 doi: (Published 04 August 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;374:n1938
  1. Martin McMahon, HM inspector of health and safety
  1. Health and Safety Executive, HSE Glasgow Office, Glasgow, UK
  1. martin.mcmahon{at}

Rudd and Walsh discuss facial skin irritation attributed to the wearing of “facial personal protective equipment (PPE).”1 They use this term to include visors, face shields, safety spectacles, surgical masks, and respirator masks.

One of the techniques the authors suggest to help alleviate the condition is to apply a silicon based barrier tape …

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