What is FFP2 and FFP3 masks?
FFP2 and FFP3 masks are also called respirator masks. FFP2 and FFP3 masks offer better protection than a normal surgical mask or Type IIR masks. Currently, FFP3 is recommended only for clinical staff to wear during aerosol-generating procedures. But FFP 2 can be still used in care settings to offer higher protection for your staff.
Respirator masks are filtering respiratory protective devices to protect against particles to cover the nose, mouth and chin and are required both with and without inhalation/exhalation valves. The mask consists entirely or substantially of filter material. It must be designed to provide adequate sealing on the face of the wearer against the ambient atmosphere, when the skin is dry or moist and when the head is moved. Respirator masks must be classified according to their filtering efficiency and their maximum total inward leakage.
All respirator masks must comply with the following:
● Must be single use;
● Must be of moulded, duckbill, flat folded or cone style;
● Must have integral straps/ties long enough to go around an adult head whilst wearing a surgical cap;
● Straps/ties must be adjustable for fit by the user;
● The upper strap/tie should sit at the crown of the head;
● The lower strap/tie should be positioned to allow it to be positioned behind the
neck to hold the sides of the mask against the face of the user to prevent any gaping;
● The noseband must deform when pressed to mould over the nose and cheeks and must maintain its shape over time; and
● The noseband must not kink or break when adjusted
Both FFP2 and FFP 3 masks can be valved or unvalved. This must be clearly marked on the mask.
FFP3 masks need fit testing. You can check the fit testing video here.