FFP2 Protective Mask Guidance

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  • 2020-08-06
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Face masks are typically used by medical staff within hospitals, clinics and doctor surgeries as medical and dust masks.  FFP2 Face masks are also mainly used within the construction, agriculture, and by healthcare professionals to protect against all types of viruses and dieses.

In recent years, after the sars outbreak in Far East Asia, communities in countries such as South Korea and Japan have used facedust mask effectively.

Face Masks have comprehensively shown to reduce the spread of the any germs and viruses that the wearer of the mask may be carrying, and reduce the spread of germs and viruses to the wearer of the mask by the people that they may come in contact with.

FFP2/N95 Surgical Masks UK

FFP2/N95 masks or a Surgical Masks have a minimum of 94% filtration percentage and maximum 8% leakage to the inside.  The total leakage of this face mask is a maximum of 11%.

The FFP2 face mask is often used in the metal, mining industries and environments which involve airborne particles, aerosols, fog and smoke in the air.

What do FFP2/N95 look like?

The Face Masks cover the mouth and noise when fitted properly.  They have 2 elastic headbands which keeps the mask in place on the head.  They also have a small metal section that sits across the bridge of the nose when in use; this keeps the mask connected to the face to reduce any leakage of viruses and germs to the face and nose.

What material are the FFP2/N95 masks made off?

FFP2 Masks protect against materials at concentrations up to 12x OEL or 10x APF

Made of 5 layers: non-woven polypropylene, high density filter cloth, activated carbon filter, high density filter cloth, non-woven polypropylene, and adaptable nose bar.

How do I use FFP2/N95 Mask?

These face masks are easy to use and everyone one can use them.  They should be used to when going out and when going to public places like buses, trains, shopping centers and parks.  Hold the masks and place it over your nose and mouth, with the metal sitting on the bridge of your nose.  Bring the elasticated head band over your head and adjust the position as your feel comfortable.

The top head band should sit just above the crest of your head, the widest part, and the bottom should sit on the nap of your neck, however adjust as you feel comfortable. You can loosen or tighten the mask as you feel comfortable.

The masks are lightweight and not bulky, so they should sit on the face.

Are the Face Masks Re-usable?

These masks are not marketed to be re-usable; these masks have a recommended time frame for usage.  The time frame for usage is generally applied to heavy usage industries like Medical staff and construction workers.

The masks can be re-used as long as they maintain structure and functional integrity, and the filter material is not damaged (Occupational Safety and Health Administration).

CE Certification for the Face Masks:

CE marking is a certification mark that indicates conformity with health, safety, and environmental protection standards for products sold within the European Economic Area. The CE marking is also found on products sold outside the EEA that have been manufactured to EEA standards.

Standard: FFP2 EN149:2001+A1:2009

What are SGS approved Face Masks:

The SGS group is the EU standards body which looks after standards within the EU and international markets.  They have approved standards for many different industries including PPE/Face masks.  The SGS group role is to test, validate and approve PPE and Face masks for sale within the EU.  The SGS group has strict protocols and procedures in place to validate the source of the product and to test the product for usability and effectiveness.  This is even more important in the current climate of Covid-19 and with many fakes and unusable masks available in the market place making it very difficult for companies and individuals to select the correct face masks for them to use.  

The SGS group approved Face masks go through a rigorous process of testing and these masks are tested regularly, and the companies are audited to ensure they comply and have the correct procedures in place.

The FFP stands for Filtering Facepiece Particles, and refers to particle masks capable of filtering dust from the air, as well as smoke, aerosols and infectious agents such as influenza viruses (avian flu, SARS, coronavirus...). These FFP2 KN95 standard respiratory protection masks are essential accessories in the fight against the spread of viruses. They meet strict standards to ensure the safety of everyone.

Buy your approved SGS FFP2 today. 


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