FFP1,FFP2,FFP3 MASKS : what are the differences?

  • Connexions
  • 2020-12-22
  • 1382

The EU issued minimum standard guidelines for face coverings, but a recent Which? magazine study found that masks available from major retailers scored between 35pc and 81pc bacterial filtration in their tests. This can affect how well the mask protects you.

Q: Why should I choose a certified mask?

A: They have been tested and certified to meet EU standards and minimum government requirements. This provides a proficient level of protection and performs reliably when re-used.

There are two types of Masks – surgical masks and respirators. They’re designed for use in different settings and before they can be sold, they must be tested and approved by an independent laboratory. They will then be sealed with the EU ‘CE’ mark of adherence – look for this when buying your mask. Surgical masks should be tested to the EN14683 standard and respirators to EN149 standards.

Q: What is a surgical mask?

A: Surgical masks are loose-fitting and designed to protect the wearer against large airborne particles, produced when coughing or sneezing. They can also help protect others from being infected by the wearer.

You can choose between a Type I and Type II/IIR surgical mask. A Type IIR Mask has a better bacterial filtration efficiency, scoring 98pc, and is splash resistant.

Our washable facemasks are available for adults and children and surpass EU standards. When washed, they offer the equivalent bacterial filtrations as a Type 1 disposable medical mask. After 50 washes at 40 degrees, they still meet the new standard of more than 90pc bacterial filtration.

Q: What is a respirator mask?

Respirator masks are accurately fitted to prevent inhalation through gaps in the mask’s side and intended to protect the wearer against infection from others. They provide additional protection against bodily fluids – coughing and sneezing – and smaller airborne particles.

Respirator masks are graded FFP1, FFP2 and FFP3 in the UK. FFP3 being the highest filtration.

Q: Can I still use a home-made mask?

A: Yes. However, it’s hard to know what level of protection a homemade mask provides. It can often vary and isn’t likely to protect you against smaller particles or bacteria.

Q: How can I access the masks I need during lockdown?

A: You can order online via our website. We can deliver directly to your door.

Providing face coverings and PPE has grown to be a significant part of what we do. 

Visit https://img.connexions-tech.com/product/face-mask     to view the full range of face masks and PPE.

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