Filtering Face Piece (FFP) masks are originally designed for industrial professional use, meet the requirements of EN149 to protect against particulate pollutants such as dust, smoke and aerosols.Tight-fitting FFP masks are also great to protect the wearer against viruses. These respiratory masks reliably filter the smallest particles and droplets from the air. Masks with an exhalation valve offer an extra degree of comfort for the wearer.
The European standard EN149 divides filtering half masks into classes depending on the guaranteed degree of protection. The higher the type of FFP protection is, the tighter the mask is and the better it protects our respiratory system. JQ Care offers FFP1, FFP2 and FF3 mask for different grade protection.
Throughout the pandemic, more and more people build awareness of mask usage and classification, you might be confused by the choices of mask. Precisely, you need to balance the cost, comfort, and availability of various types of masks against their effectiveness for what you’ll need them to do.
Unfiltered surgical face masks provide appropriate daily protection with its non-woven meltblown filter media later. FFP1, FFP2 (KN95), and FFP3 (KN99) respirators provide more protection, FFP2 and KN95 respirators, in particular, are recommended as providing high-quality protection against the spread of respiratory illness. Half-mask respirators design provides equally good protection and may be even more comfortable and cost-effective than standard respirators, especially if you’ll be wearing them for long hours.
In conclusion, you should choose the mask or respirator to fit your use situation. If you’re working on a construction project or in an enclosed space with a lot of people and the risk of COVID-19 spread, keeping yourself safe is more important than comfort, a respirator is recommmended. If you need to wear protection for many hours but there is little direct risk of COVID-19 exposure, wearing a disposable face mask or surgical mask may make more sense.