FAQ FFP2 and FFP3 respirators.
Most FFP2s offer at least 94% filtration of particles. FFP2s are viewed as being the European equivalent of N95s (USA) or KN95s (China). They all offer similar protection but go through slightly different testing procedures by the respective European, US, and Chinese bodies, hence the different nomenclature.
HSE and PHE have carried out a review of FFP2s and N95s concluding there is no material difference between the two. They provide comparable protection if the wearer has passed a face fit test (see below).
An FFP3 offers at least 99% filtration of particles compared to most FFP2s which offer at least 94%. FFP3s are more expensive to purchase due to their higher filtration efficiency.
PHE recommends using FFP3s when carrying out AGPs, during the current Covid-19 pandemic, but stipulates that when FFP3s are not available, FFP2s may be used. The WHO routinely recommend FFP2s.
The valve is a comfort device. It does not affect or contribute to the level of protection but controls how much and how quickly air can escape from the respirator to reduce the build-up of heat and moisture. If the respirator wearer is ill, the valve will not stop them spreading infection as their breath or cough can enter the air without filtering as the valve opens on exhalation.
Discreet and easy to store
Softer fabric design enables breathability
Offers close fit due to elastic head straps
Not intended to offer a perfectly flush fit, however, still provides adequate protection when worn correctly and with other recommended PPE such as visors.
Closer fit than folded
Designed with the shape of the face in mind and fit snuggly to the nose, mouth, and chin
Less comfortable to wear.
Do a I need a fit test?HSE and PHE recommend a face-fit test is carried out by a competent person (https://www.hse.gov.uk/news/face-mask-ppe-rpe-coronavirus.htm).
FAQ FFP2 and FFP3 respirators covers basic information and everyone has unique circumstances and requirements, also keep upto date with the latest government advice on PPE and it’s use.
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