High risk situations where exposure to aerosols is considered significant, FFP3 masks are recommended, in particular for healthcare workers engaged in medical procedures generating aerosols of influenza flu virus that carry greater risks of infection.
Our HY9632 Valved FFP3 fold flat masks have been ergonomically designed for comfort and are dolomite tested which means that not only there is minimal breathing resistance in the dustiest environments but that they also last longer offering fantastic value for money. If you are after a slightly smaller fit our UCI Fold Flat will be the most suitable mask for you.
All respirators must be CE marked to show they have been tested to the recognised EU standard. They must also be marked with that standard, which for disposable respirators is EN 149: 2001. Additional markings, such as FFP1, FFP2 or FFP3, indicate the protection level that you can get if the respirator is a good fit and you use it correctly. The higher the number, the better the protection. FFP1 masks, FFP2 masks and FFP3 masks can reduce the amount of dust you breathe by factors of 4, 10 and 20 respectively. An FFP3 respirator is advisable if you are exposed to high levels of grain dust or mould spores.
All our protective face masks are FFP3 CE EN149:2001 standard for the UK and are the most recent efficient FFP3 respiratory masks available.
Protective respiratory masks complying with EN149:2001 may be classified into one of three categories, depending on their filter efficiency under laboratory conditions:
|FFP1||Total inward leakage 22%||Filtering Efficiency 78%|
|FFP2||Total inward leakage 8%||Filtering Efficiency 92%|
|FFP3||Total inward leakage 2%||Filtering Efficiency 98%|
This means that an FFP3 Respirator Mask would filter out at least 98% of the airborne respirable particles, whereas an FFP1 Respirator Mask would filter out at least 78% of the respirable particles. FFP3 Respirator Masks are therefore most efficient in filtering out fine particles including viruses, mould spores & asbestos.
Normal lower grade face masks / dust masks are rated below the level above offering very little protection for fine particles.
FFP3 Masks: FFP3 Disposable particulate respirators are approved for use against solid and liquid aerosols according to EN149:2001. They are suitable for protection against high toxicity harmful materials in concentrations up to 50xOEL or 20xAPF. Recommended applications: textile industry, craft work, iron and steel industry, mining, underground civil engineering, woodworking, welding work, cutting and casting of metals, hospital, laboratory and disease control, pharmaceutical industry, disposal of toxic waste, manufacture of batteries (Ni-Cad) …etc. FFP3 respirators can provide protection against solid and liquid aerosols and smoke containing the following materials such as : Asbestos, calcium carbonate, china clay, cement, cellulose, sulfur, cotton, flour, carbon, ferrous metals, hardwood, silicon, plastic, vegetable oils and mineral oils, copper, aluminum, bacteria, fungi and mycobacterium tuberculosis (T.B.), chromium, manganese, nickel, platinum, strychnine, metal dust and smoke, viruses and enzymes & mould spores.
As per HSE Guidelines for COSHH (Control of substances Hazardous to Health), CLAW (Control of Lead at Work) all tight fitting face pieces should be face fit tested by a competent person. Disposable masks & half masks can be tested using qualitative face fit test kits.
FFP3 Masks for Stonemasonry
FFP3 Masks for Asbestos
FFP3 Masks for Pharmaceuticals
FFP3 Masks for Agriculture
FFP3 Masks for Welding
FFP3 Flu Masks
FFP3 Mould Spore Protection