• Disinfection of Filtering Facepiece Respirators
There are at least four key aspects of successful disinfection of respirators, and most studies do not take all four into consideration. The disinfection method must:
  •  be effective against the target organism, such as the virus that causes COVID-19;
  • not damage the respirator’s filtration;
  • not affect the respirator’s fit; and
  • be safe for the person wearing the respirator (e.g. no off-gassing of chemicals into the breathing zone).
If the filtration is damaged or the respirator does not fit, it will not help reduce exposure to airborne particles at the level indicated, such as N95, FFP2, etc.

As of March 272020, no disinfection method has met all four of these key criteria, and without all four, the method is not acceptable. 3M is now working with several major sterilization and disinfection companies and consulting with external experts to develop an effective disinfection method. 3M is working as quickly as possible and are hopeful that we will find an effective method soon.
Filtering facepiece respirators (FFRs), such as those that meet the filtration efficiency requirements for classification as such as N95, FFP2, KN95, and similar, are commonly used to help provide respiratory protection in a variety of workplaces, including healthcare settings. A common infection prevention practice employed by healthcare organizations is to utilize FFRs as one-time-use items when worn in the presence of infected patients.

In the face of a global pandemic and associated FFR shortage, 3M has received numerous questions concerning potential methods to disinfect FFRs, including questions relating to studies that have evaluated the effectiveness of various disinfection methods on FFRs. In an attempt to respond to urgent requests we are receiving from customers and organizations around the world, we have prepared this bulletin to provide information concerning a few methods that have been suggested to potentially help disinfect FFRs.

Based on currently available data, 3M does not recommend or support attempts to sanitize, disinfect, or sterilize 3M FFRs.

For more information, read the full article here.

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