What is an FFP3 mask?
An FFP3 mask has a level of protection APF x 20 TLV and filters efficiency at 98%. It is the highest grade of protection available in the UK. These can either be in the form of a disposable mask or a reusable mask with the correct P3 filter.
What is FFP3 protection?
FFP3 protection is the highest level of protection available in the UK with filters providing 99% filtration efficiency with APF 20 TLV protection.
Is P3 the same as FFP3?
P3 is a term that is used more for filters and provides the same level of protection as FFP3. Both will provide an APF 20 and filter efficiency from 0.3 microns.
What are FFP3 Masks used for?
FFP3 Face masks are used in dangerous environments providing the highest level of protection at APF 20x TLV. They are used for protection against viruses, asbestos fibres, silica dust aerosols etc.
What is the difference between FFP2 & FFP3?
FFP3 masks provide a far higher level of protection than FFP2 masks. FFP2 masks protect from slightly toxic or irritating solid aerosols & liquids at 94% filtration offering an APF 10x TLV. The highest grade of protection offered by a disposable mask is the FFP3 mask providing 99% particulate filtration with an APF 20 x TLV and protection from highly toxic materials.
FFP3 masks tend to be used in more dangerous environments where the highest level of protection is required. It will stock particles as small as 0.3 microns whereas an FFP2 mask protects from particle sizes upwards of 2-5 microns.
When deciding between using them take into account is the hazard slightly toxic or highly toxic.
Is FFP3 the same as P3?
Both offer the same protection level. FFP3 refers to disposable masks, P3 is the same protection level provided by filters.
What jobs would use an FFP3 Face Mask?
These face masks provide the highest level of protection. Examples of jobs requiring FFP3 Respirator masks would be Pharmaceutical, Healthcare, Construction, Groundworks, Healthcare, Powder coating & low-grade asbestos work.
Would an FFP3 Masks protect me against viruses?
The HSE (Health & Safety Executive) recommends the use of protective masks classified as FFP3 respirators against viruses. This is the highest level of respiratory mask available with a protection level of at least 20 APF.
What is the difference between a Surgical face Mask and an FFP3 respirator?
Surgical masks are classified as loose-fitting facepieces because they leave gaps around the face. Whilst they provide a degree of protection an FFP3 respirator as recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO) should be used for protection against viruses. An FFP3 mask (Tight-fitting facepiece) is when conducting infectious aerosol-generating procedures.
Normal cloth face pieces made out of clothing offer no / limited protection.
What is the difference between FFP3's Non-Valved Face Mask & a Valved Face Mask?
FFP3's both valved & non-valved face masks provide the same protection. The valve on mask makes it more comfortable when wearing for a longer time. The air exhaled is unfiltered. The mask without valve filters both inhaled and exhaled air protection both user and those nearby.