Department of Health

Face masks for environmental hazards

The Department of Health has developed this information to help members of the community choose the right face mask for environmental hazards. Please note this guidance is not applicable for choosing a mask for occupational settings (including in healthcare settings) or for protection against lead dust, gases and vapours.

Whether you’re protecting yourself against bushfire smoke, dust, or mould spores, it’s important to match the mask to the airborne hazard. For information about masks and COVID-19 go to Face masks in Victoria.

While face masks can help protect you from breathing in airborne hazards and may be necessary at times, steps to reduce, minimise, or avoid exposure should always be taken to protect yourself and others.

Reviewed 19 September 2021

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Environmental Health Policy and Risk Management Unit

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