When to use an FPP2 mask?
One thing is clear: you have to get used to wearing protection mask daily for the immediate future.
N95 masks are designed to fit the user's nose and mouth and can provide excellent protection.
The most popular is the 3M 8210 dust mask. but recently a new type of mask has been launched. In this article we will give an overview of the types of masks on the market, emphasizing the FPP2 masks.
They are often called FPP2, but other terms are also used, such as filter half mask, filter facepiece, filter facepiece, and filter mask.
These masks comply with the European Union standard EN 149/2001.
They are divided into 3 categories to determine the level of protection of the mask. FFP stands for Filtered Half-Face Masks and is a standard with low filtration efficiency requirements, not to be confused with surgical masks. In the case of non-AGP type masks (hand hygiene, mask, gown, goggles, gloves), there are respirators that increase this value when used as recommended in the broader PPE measures.
Furthermore, it is currently difficult to find any type of mask, not to mention an FFP2 or FFP3 mask. In the future, the mask will have to be a combination of both (known in other parts of the world as KN95 or N95 - P2).
It should be mentioned that a KF94 respirator can be used to use as personal protective equipment, but the comparison is really between N95, KN95 and FFP2 respirators.
We must clarify that the evaluation of the mask does not carry the CE mark, which means that it is considered officially equivalent to a FFP2 mask. However, a mask that can filter microparticles and viruses is not the same as a PSA mask, as an "N95" or "KN95" mask carries the CE mark.
It should cover the nose and mouth completely and should not be used like any other mask that is not made of PE to keep the face clean and free of harmful particles such as bacteria, viruses or fungi.
The same safety standards are also used for respirators and mask specifications. You should also have a dust mask or face mask that forces you to do your job and requires protection against dust. Soon we will publish a special article to explain surgical masks and how to use them correctly.