01. What type of Mask is best for Coronavirus?
A filtering facepiece classified as FFP3 is the most effective against coronavirus. Crafted from synthetic fibre, a well-fitted P3 face mask has the potential to protect against inward leakage and capture very fine toxic particles. It also includes an exhalation valve that releases air, to prevent heat and moisture build-up. An FFP3 disposable mask combined with social distancing and frequent hand washing can offer optimal protection against potential virus transmission.
02. When to Use a Surgical face Mask or FFP3 respirators?
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), a surgical face mask must be used if you are continuously coughing or sneezing. Also, FFP3 respirators are required when conducting infectious aerosol-generating procedures or taking care of a patient with confirmed or suspected coronavirus. Meanwhile, a face-covering is recommended when stepping out on an errand at places where it’s difficult to maintain physical distancing.
03. What is the difference in protection between FFP1, FFP2 & FFP3 masks?
Our FFP3 graded masks provide the highest level of protection available for respirator masks in the UK. A P3 mask will filter at least 99% of particles from 0.3 microns in size upwards & an APF 20.
FFP1 & FFP2 masks have less efficient filtration levels circa 80% & 94% as well as only filtering larger particle sizes.
04. Do I need an FFP2 Mask or an FFP3 Face Mask?
This depends entirely on the hazard encountered. A P3 face mask will always provide a higher level of protection than an FFP2 Respirator & will filter 99% of particles as small as 0.3 microns. FFP2 masks filter at least 94% of airborne materials however the size of particulate filtered tends to be larger at between 2-5 microns.
An FFP2 respirator will protect against slightly toxic substances whereas an FFP3 face mask will protect against toxic solid aerosols & dust.
05. How long can an FFP3 Grade Face Mask be worn?
The maximum duration of a P3 face mask may vary as per design specifications and manufacturer guidelines. The recommended wear time in a single shift is up to 8 hrs in optimal working condition however it is best to have a break each hour. If the FFP3 respirator is a poor fit, damaged, has become tainted or is causing discomfort and breathing problems, it should be removed and discarded safely in waste bins.
06. What size particulates will FFP3 Respirators protect against?
FFP3 Respirator masks will protect against particles as small as 0.3 microns in size upwards.
07. Why do the P3 Face Masks have expiry dates?
The FFP3 Face mask used for protection against hazardous viruses has a limited shelf life. The components of a product that has been in prolonged storage are likely to degrade which can impact its quality and level of performance. The expiration date is printed on the side or bottom of the packaging. If the FFP3 disposable mask has expired, the mask should not be used as it doesn’t meet the stringent criterion set by the health regulators.
08. What is the difference between an N100 mask or an FFP3 Graded Mask?
N100 is an American safety standard (NIOSH) and the equivalent of the UK safety standard FFP3 Face mask. An N100 respirator is the American NIOSH safety standard. All FFP3 disposable masks should be stamped as FFP3 to be allowed to be sold in the UK.
09. Do FFP3 masks need to be Face Fitted?
All tight fitting face masks should be face fitted A fit test of FFP3 respirators is vital to ensure health caregivers get complete protection against penetration of contaminated air in high-risk areas. Given the rapid progression of the Covid-19 outbreak, fit checking of respirators by trained personnel may not always be possible.
10. What is FFP3 Protection?
FFP3 is the UK & European protective standard with FFP3 protection the highest grade of protection available providing the user with a 99% filtration with an APF 20 x TLV. The FFP3 masks provide protection for toxic dust/aerosols such as asbestos, silica dust and viruses.
11. Do FFP3 Masks protect against viruses?
The HSE (Health & Safety Executive) recommend the use of FFP3 Graded masks against viruses as the highest level of respiratory protection equipment available with a protection level of at least 20 APF.
12. What does FFP3 protect against?
FFP3 dust masks will protect against very fine dust, toxic dusts & aerosols for example asbestos, powdered pesticides, hard wood dusts, lead, chromium & lime as well as viruses such as SARS, bird flu & Covid 19.
Asbestos, calcium carbonate, china clay, cement, cellulose, sulphur, cotton, flour, carbon, ferrous metals, hardwood, silicon, plastic, vegetable oils and mineral oils, lead paint, copper, aluminium, bacteria, fungi, Mould spores and mycobacterium tuberculosis (T.B.), chromium, manganese, nickel, platinum, strychnine, metal dust and smoke, viruses such as Avian flu, Swine Flu, Coronavirus, Sars and enzymes.
13. What is FFP3?
FFP3 is the European safety standard (UK) for protective masks. This protective grade of mask is used in dangerous environments providing the highest level of protection available at APF 20x TLV. FFP3 dust masks provide protection against very fine toxic dusts & aerosols including asbestos fibres, silica dust & viruses.
14. What does FFP3 stand for?
The FFP3 standard is the highest protective FFP Mask (filtering Face Piece) available providing 99% filtering efficiency with only 2% inward leakage & and APF 20 x TLV.
Masks can either be disposable masks or reusable masks with FFP3 protective filters. An FFP3 disposable mask must be stamped FFP3 (Protection Level) & correctly CE certified for this level or protection.
15. What examples of jobs would use an FFP3 Respirator?
Any job requiring the highest level of protection would require a P3 mask. Examples of jobs requiring FFP3 Respirator masks would be Construction, groundworks, healthcare & low grade asbestos work.