FFP2 Face Mask
FFP2 face masks are a “filtering face piece” as defined in Europe by the EN 149 standard. These mechanical filters are used in a device technically called a "respirator", commonly known as “FFP masks”. While similar to KN95 or N95 face masks, FFP2 face masks have distinct features and follow a different regulatory standard. FFP2 face masks offer particle filtering to help filter particles entering your body, through your mouth and nose. FFP2 face masks filter at least 94% of all aerosols. FFP2 face masks are considered personal protective equipment (PPE) because they protect the wearer from particles such as dust droplets, particles, and aerosols.
FFP2 Face Mask
FFP masks primarily protect the wearer against particles, droplets, and aerosols. The face mask FFP2, which was originally intended as a professional protective mask, is also known as a ‘dust mask’ in the construction industry. It is often cup-shaped or foldable and comes with or without an exhalation valve. The main factor that differentiates FFP masks from each other and influences their names is their respective filtering capabilities.
FFP2 Face Mask Protect Against Aerosols
All FFP masks must be tested and must filter out varying amounts of test aerosols. Face mask FFP2 filters out at least 94% of the tested aerosols. The tests are carried out on aerosols according to the European standard EN 149:2001+A1:2009 and ensure that the face mask FFP2 available on the market meets technical specifications and has proven protection against aerosols. The CE mark indicates that the face mask FFP2 has successfully passed the conformity assessment process and is therefore printed on the surface of the mask.
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