These hygiene face masks are valved filtering masks that are recommended when the protection of the respiratory system is needed.
They are FFP3/N99 grade and meet the guidance from the World Health Organisation (WHO). They are recommended for use by the WHO during outbreaks of SARS, Avian Flu.
These filtration masks are sourced in England.
What do the FFP3/N99 Face Masks look like?
They are a half-mask respirator that covers the nose and mouth when fitted properly. They have 2 elastic headbands to keep the mask in place and are white in colour.
They are valved masks which means they have a small plastic section on the nose/mouth area which enables the filtering. This makes it easier for air to get out of the mask which makes breathing more comfortable and prevents the mask from getting too hot and sweaty.
How do I use FFP3 Face Masks?
FFP3 Face Masks are easy to use and can be worn by anyone. To fit, simply hold the mask and place it over your nose and mouth. Bring both elasticated headbands over your head and adjust the position until it’s comfortable.
The bottom elasticated headband should sit at the nape of your neck and the top elasticated headband should sit just above the crest of your head (the widest part).
Once the face mask is in place, you can adjust the fitting so that it fits closely but without being too tight.
What are the face masks used for?
The Hygiene Face Masks are recommended for use in any situation where protection of the respiratory system is required.
The World Health Organisation advises that an EU standard FFP2 or FFP3 should be worn by healthcare workers when performing any aerosol-generating procedures.
How do FFP3 Face Masks work?
The Hygiene Face Masks are FFP3 grade and have a higher level of protection than FFP1 or FFP2. Because FFP3 Face Masks offer superior protection through better materials, they are more expensive than FFP2 Face Masks. If cost is a factor or you would like to investigate more about FFP2 masks, please follow the previous link to our FFP2 mask page.
The FFP3 masks protect against liquid and solid aerosols and can be used as an Asbestos mask. They are often used by healthcare workers when handling hazardous materials (such as pharmaceutical chemicals).
Current NHS guidelines stipulate FFP3 face masks for virus and bacterial infection control when the contagion is spread through coughing and sneezing.
Their filtration system is built into a valve which sits on the section that covers your nose and mouth.
FFP3 masks protect against materials in concentrations up to 50x OEL or 20x APF.
Are the masks re-usable?
These masks are not marketed as re-usable masks because respirator dust masks are usually intended for use in a construction environment.
However, the OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) directive indicates that a respirator can be reused as long as it “maintains its structural and functional integrity and the filter material is not physically damaged or soiled”.
What’s the difference between each mask?
You can learn more about the varying styles and protections levels of the masks in our blog post: What’s the difference between FFP1, FFP2 and FFP3 face masks?