FFP3 Grade KN95 Face Masks
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- FFP3-tested KN95 Respiratory Protection Masks
- Verification to EN 149:2001+A1:2009 FFP3
- For non-medical use
- Please note – these are not medical-grade masks
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As important as it is to wear PPE at a time like this to protect yourself and others from the COVID-19 virus, it’s vital that you select the correct equipment for your needs. And as some products are splashed with technical acronyms and abbreviations, it can be really helpful to know what they all mean.
The WHO (World Health Organisation) took the viewpoint that masks should be used by the public to stop the spread of the Coronavirus, as part of a more comprehensive strategy including social distancing and washing of hands. They particularly emphasised and encouraged the use of non-medical masks in areas where distancing between people comes with a series of logistical problems, such as on public transport, in an enclosed office or similar.
What exactly does FFP3 grade mean?
The abbreviation FFP stands for Filtering Face Piece and there are generally 3 grades, FFP1, FFP2 and FFP3.
The number next to FFP is an indicator as to the levels of protection they provide from virus particles, with 3 being the most protective, 1 being the least and an FFP2 face mask being somewhere in between. This emphasises the logic behind an FFP3 face mask being the most suitable in the current climate, with the margin for error being incredibly small and the potential repercussions being possibly fatal.
The 1’s are normally more cost-effective, but as is the case with certain products, and especially PPE, the old adage ‘you get what you pay for’ is particularly relevant.
How to wear an FFP3 Face Mask
Before trying on an FFP3 Face Mask, there may be a misconception that the best way forward is just to pop it on behind the ears and the wearer is good to go. Now, this would be a partly acceptable way to don the mask, there are other factors that need to be thought-about to give the user the safest and most comfortable experience.
Guidelines to abide by:
- Washing your hands before handling the mask with soap and water. If it’s handled with hands that could be described as filthy, it could counteract the positive impact it will provide
- Cover the key areas on your face that would be damaged in the worst manner from harmful bacteria. These are primarily your mouth, nose and chin.
- As difficult and frustrating as this may be, avoid handling the mask once it’s being worn. This can reduce the chance of COVID being able to transmit from hands to face effectively.
- Before taking the mask off, clean your hands again, then a ‘full cycle’ of cleaning has been achieved
- When taking the FFP3 masks off, aim to use the ear straps rather than plucking it from your face with the front, keeping your hands away from the mouth again
Things to Avoid
- Wearing the mask under the nose, thus revealing one of the key body parts for the infection to transmit to and from
- Removing it when someone is nearby and closer than can be classed as social distancing – which at the time of writing this was 2 metres following UK government’s advice, and is currently under review
- Wearing one that has been used by anyone else, and this includes partners, close family members and close friends, reusing them altogether is a bad idea
- Storing them outside of the packaging on a surface which has a possibility of contamination. And this works both ways if it’s removed and placed on a surface then this should be cleaned also
- Forgetting about the other rules and guidelines, as mentioned before they are all used in tandem with the equipment to keep the individual and others safe
The FFP3 Face Mask (UK) adheres to the EN 149 2001 – what is this?
The EN 149:2001 is a European Standard which shows a certain level of compliance for masks, which has been proven by a series of tests carried out in laboratories. These tests show that the mask protects the wearer from particles, whether these be solid, oil-based or water-based.
This was an old standard which was updated in 2001, to make the compliance procedure a harder one to achieve, thereby improving the health and safety of the individual wearing the equipment. One aspect of this update was to include the policy that the products must be able to repel oil-based molecules.