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Understanding ARTG Numbers: Respiratory Protection

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Medical devices like masks and respirators cannot be supplied and sold in Australia without going through the process of registering the product on the Register of Therapeutic Goods and obtaining an ARTG number. Read on to understand more about the role of this requirement and its role in marking sure respiratory protection equipment meets certain criteria before being sold into the Australian market.

When Should Disposable Respirator Masks Be Changed?

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Respirator masks and surgical masks are only effective to their intended protection level when they are used correctly. An important factor in achieving the maximum protection from a face mask is knowing when to replace your surgical mask or respirator. Read on to learn more about when a single-use Mask or Respirator should be changed.

How to Choose a Face Mask for People with Allergies

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Most people are familiar with the role of face masks and respirators when it comes to preventing the spread of viruses, bacteria or protection from hazardous airborne particles. But did you know that face masks may also help to relieve the symptoms of allergies? From creating a physical barrier to filtering out potential allergens, there are a number of ways that face masks and respirators can help minimise the risk of an allergic reaction. So, if you or people around you suffer from allergies, here are a few factors to consider when choosing the best face mask for allergies.

Understanding the Expiry Date of Disposable Face Masks

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In the wake of the pandemic, last cold & flu, fire, or allergy seasons, chances are that you are hanging on to leftover face masks, just in case. If you are planning to or have been storing your disposable masks for long periods of time, it could be worth checking the expiration date so you can rest easy knowing your masks & respirators will still offer you full protection. While you are thinking of it, best to make sure that you are storing the face masks correctly.

The Challenge of keeping used face masks out of landfill

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Disposing of Medical Face Masks In the Healthcare Industry in particular, the disposal of single-use medical masks has always been a burden on the environment and since the COVID pandemic, face masks have become a standard part of everyday life. Whilst medical masks play a key role in protecting individuals against viral and bacterial transmission, they also have a significant impact on the environment. Although it's important to dispose of used face masks correctly, several new initiatives have been introduced to recycle face masks and keep them from ending up as waste in landfills.


A line-up of South Australian women trailblazers have joined in Adelaide to officially open an aptly-named ‘Launchpad’ laboratory, offering face mask and respirator functional effectiveness testing, paper and board repulpability and an Australian-first bag testing facility.

The Importance of Respirator Fit Testing

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Tight-fitting respirators are designed to create a good seal against the wearer’s face to provide maximum protection against viral transmission and airborne contaminants. If the respirator isn’t the correct fit, the wearer could be exposed to harmful particles. Here’s everything you need to know about respirator fit testing, from the types of respirator fit tests and how to perform a respirator fit test.

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