Personal Protective Equipment

If you choose to perform clean-up activities on your own, be sure to wear appropriate personal protective equipment to protect yourself during the process. Guidelines for protective equipment may be found at the following sites: 

Caution should be taken when wearing a respirator to perform any cleanup activity.  While EPA and CDC both recommend the use of a National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) certified N-95 respirator over a dust mask or surgical mask for mold cleanup, it is important to understand the limitations and additional risk of wearing a respirator.  N95 respirators will not protect against chemicals or gases in the air, such as carbon monoxide or airborne vapors of chemical disinfectants. The respirator will not work if air leaks around the sides, so the manufacturer provides fitting procedures that must be followed and the correct size of respirator must be worn. Beards or other facial hair may prevent the respirator from fitting properly.  People with chronic heart or lung conditions (such as congestive heart disease, asthma, and other conditions) should consult their health care provider before using a respirator.  OSHA requires that employers provide training, fitting of the correct respirator size and testing of that fit, and a medical evaluation prior to fitting and use of the respirator.  For additional information, be sure to thoroughly read the information presented in these resources before purchasing or using a respirator: