Alabama healthcare providers and first responders can now get their N95 masks decontaminated for free.
Eligible organizations can ship their used masks to the FDA-approved facility in Birmingham. These include hospitals, long-term care facilities, dialysis centers, imaging centers, outpatient surgical centers and emergency medical service providers.
According to the Alabama Department of Public Health, a single mask can be sent for decontamination multiple times, and about 80,000 masks can be processed at the site in a day. Concentrated hydrogen peroxide vapor is used to remove contaminants.
The facility is operated by Battelle Critical Care Decontamination System.