Masks & Respirators

Wearing the right type of mask with the correct type of protection is important to your worker health and wellbeing. Equipping the wrong mask for the job can start off as small irritation, but further exposure can lead to soft tissue damage and can go as far as lung failure and cancers. Inhalation disorders cause around 12,000 deaths each year due to occupational respiratory disease which can be reduced if workers are equipped with the correct type of mask.

EN149:2001 respiratory mask and filters are designed to protect against solids, water-based aerosols, and oil-based aerosols. There are three classes of protection detailed in EN149:2001 – FFP1, FFP2 & FFP3. FFP1 face masks being the ‘least’ protective and FFP3 masks being the ‘most’.

FFP1 Protection

  • FFP1 face mask offer the minimum level of respiratory protection against non-toxic particulates.

  • FFP1 respirator masks are not suitable for working environments in which poisonous, fibrogenic kinds of dust and aerosols are around.

  • Best suited for the building or food industry

  • APF rating of 4x. OEL rating of 4x

FFP2 Protection

  • FFP2 face masks offer a moderate level of protection against hazardous mists, particulates and fumes.

  • Protection class FFP2 respirator masks are made for working environments in which deleterious and mutagenic particles can be found in the breathing air.

  • Protection class FFP2 respirator masks are often worn in the metal and mining industry.

  • APF rating of 10x. OEL rating of 12x

FFP3 Protection

  • Protection class FFP3 respirator masks offer maximum protection from breathing air pollution

  • This kind of mask also filters poisonous, oncogenic and radioactive particles.

  • When working in an environment with silicates, respirable dusts, mists and fumes (including from welding), FFP3 must be used.

  • APF rating of 20x. OEL rating of 50x