FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
01: What are Full Face masks?
Full face respirators are classified to EN136 safety standard & provide protection for the whole face including eyes & mouth. A Full face mask requires filters & will protect against highly toxic hazards including fumes and highly toxic dusts & are recommended for highly dusty environments.
02: What are the different types of Full Face Dust Masks?
All Full face dust masks are classified as EN136 & are available in the 3 categories depending on the level of additional protection such as impact protection that is required.
Class 1 – Light duty
Class 2 – General duty
Class 3 – Heavy duty protection (Fire service)
03: Which mask is best for dust? A Full Face Dust Mask or a Half Face Dust Mask?
A Full Face dust mask provides protection for both eyes and mouth & are recommended for very dusty environments. A particulate P3 filter provides an increased APF factor when used with a Full Face mask of 40 APF compared with a 20 APF when used with a half mask respirator.
04: Is a face fit test required for a Full Face Mask?
Companies are legally obliged to ensure that all employees that wear RPE are fit tested. Any employees wearing full face masks must -as per HSE guidelines be tested with a quantitative face fit test. Qualitative face fit testing cannot be used for Full Face Masks.
05: How can I get a Quantitative Face Fit Test done for my staff using Full Face Masks?
Respirator shop undertake both qualitative & quantitative face fit testing across the whole of the UK to ensure that are companies remain compliant. If your company require testing please refer to our face fit test section for booking.
06: Is a face fit test required for a Full Face Mask?
This is totally dependent of the level of growth and exactly where the growth is on the face. A full face mask seals to the face in a differently to a half face masks however a mask needs to properly seal against the face to provide the required protection & if this is possible then a Full Face Mask should be OK. A fuller beard would require an enclosed powered air respirator unit (PAPR) (Powered Air Purifying Unit)
07: Do Full Face Masks require filters?
Depending on the hazard encountered the filters required will be either for gases / vapours, particulates or a combination filter (Gas/particulate). A full range of mask filters for Full Face Masks can be found in our mask filter section.
Mask Filter Description:
A Organic fumes
B Inorganic fumes
E Sulphur Dioxide
K Ammonia Green
P Particle White (P2) (P3 Filters)