How to fit and remove a surgical mask

Page last updated: 03 March 2015

How to fit and remove a surgical mask (PDF 139 KB)

Fitting a surgical mask

Fitting a surgical mask, Position mask over mouth and nose and Fasten ties or tapes above and below ears at back of head
  • Position mask over mouth and nose
  • Fasten ties or tapes above and below ears at back of head

Removing and disposing of mask

Remove by gripping at cuffs, Immediately dispose of gloves in appropriate waste and wash hands, With clean hands, untie or break ties at back of head, Remove mask by only handling at the ties, then discard in appropriate waste and waste hands
  • With clean hands, untie or break ties at back of head
  • Remove mask by only handling at the ties, then discard in appropriate waste
  • Wash hands

When worn by a sick person, surgical masks limit the spread of droplets produced through talking, coughing or sneezing