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Our level 3 certified face masks or FFP3/FFP2/N95 that acts against different poisonous and toxic types of dust, smoke and aerosols. It is effective in a prevention level against bacteria, viruses and fungal spores. They have the maximum barrier protection compare to level 1 and 2.

Fact: can filter over 95% of particles, normally viruses and bacteria

Main function:

Protects you from both airborne viruses and bacteria (be aware that each brand can give different performance).

*Respirators with a one-way valve help keep the mask cool and less stuffy because the warm air you breathe out escapes more easily. However, these respirators can allow unfiltered air to escape and spread into the air around you, potentially spreading the viruses from an infected person.

MaskZ classification:
Level 1: lowest protection level with non-medical function e.g. basic masks, cotton masks, FFP1
Level 2: Middle Protection level with medical function e.g. medical and surgical masks
Level 3: Highest protection level for medical or civil use e.g. FFP3, FFP2
Note that Classifications by MaskZ are created only for customer understanding on MaskZ's mask product quality and grade, and do not represent other companies' product levels. For medical use and information, please consult your doctor.

 

Popular Questions about level 3 masks: 

What is the difference between KN95, FFP2, FFP3 and N95 masks?

They are all different standards/ grades with varying % filtering effect across different countries.

For example, FFP2 is the European standard equivalent to N95 (US) and KN95 (China).

See table below for International standard equivalents:

Filtering effect

Europe

USA

 

China*

 

>= 90%

-

-

 

KN90

KN90

>= 95%

FFP2

N95

P95

KN95

KP95

>= 99%

FFP3

N99

P99

-

-

>= 99.97%

-

N100

P100

KN100

KP100

*KN: suitable for filtering non-oily particles such as coal dust, cement dust, acid fog, paint fog. KP: Suitable for filtering oily and non-oily particles such as soot, asphalt smoke, coke oven smoke, diesel exhaust particles

 

FFP2 Protection classes in EU

PROTECTION CLASS

EN 149:2001+A1: 2009FILTRATION EFFICIENCY, PARAFFIN OIL NOMINAL

NOMINAL PROTECTION FACTOR ACCORDING TO EN 529:2005

FFP1

80%

4

FFP2

94%

12

FFP3

99%

50

Filtering half masks are approved in the protection classes FFP1, FFP2 and FFP3 and must satisfy requirements such as: how effectively particles are removed, breathing resistance and inward leakage. A higher class also covers the lower classes. Zekler’s filtering half masks are approved in protection classes FFP2 and FFP3.

PROTECTION Against:

Viruses

e.g. Cornavirus, Influenza/Cold/Flu

Bacteria

Spores

Biochemical compounds (enzymes, hormones)

Carcinogenic and radioactive substances

FFP1

No

No

No

No

No

FFP2 (N95/KN95)

No*

Yes

No

No

Yes

FFP3 (N99)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Source: Zekler, Sweden

*Masks not made to protect against viruses, however, it acts as a more effective barrier than medical masks. FFP2 is considered approximately equivalent to N95 as of US Standard. See question below.

What is the difference between Medical/ Surgical mask and FFP2/FFP3/N95?

 

Medical/Surgical Mask

FFP2/FFP3/N95

Purpose

Barrier to splash, droplets, and spit.

Protects from exposure to airborne particles. In a healthcare setting, protects from exposure to biological aerosols including viruses and bacteria.

Face Seal

Fit Not designed to fit tight to face.

Designed to fit tight to face creating a seal around the perimeter of the respirator to improve protection.

Filtration

Does not effectively filter small particles from air.

Effectively filters large and small particles from air.

Leakage

Leakage occurs around the edge of the mask when the user inhales.

When properly fitted and donned, minimal leakage around edges of the respirator when the user inhales.

Use Limitations

One time use (one patient encounter).

Can be folded and reused for maximum 3 times if not under extreme condition. Replace when mask is wet.

Recommend for single use under extreme conditions. Should be discarded when it becomes damaged or deformed; no longer forms an effective seal to the face; becomes wet or visibly dirty; breathing through it becomes more difficult; or if it becomes contaminated with blood, respiratory or nasal secretions, or other bodily fluids from patients. 

Source: CDC (Centers for Disease Controls and Prevention), USA

World Health Organisation recommends FFP2 (EU) or N95 (US) equivalent for the novel virus, is it safe to use masks from other countries?

Yes! As long as the masks are certified with the national/regional standards as stated below according to origin. This is because there is no one harmonized standard that across the world.

Respirators certified as meeting these standards below can be expected to function very similarly to one another, based on the performance requirements stated in the standards and confirmed during conformity testing. Therefore, it is safe to use products that comply to these standards even though they are produced in different countries.

Recommended for Coronavirus:
(FFP2/N95 or equivalent)

Country/ Region

Certified standards

FFP2

Europe

EN 149-2001

N95

US

NIOSH-42CFR84

KN95

China

GB2626-2006

P2

Australia/ New Zealand

AS/NZA 1716:2012

Korea 1st class

Korea

KMOEL - 2017-64

DS

Japan

JMHLW-Notification 214, 2018

Source: 3M

 

 

Here we leave you some tips about how to put on  properly your face masks:

When to use your face mask:

  • Wear your face mask every time you go out
  • Wear your face mask if you have cough
  • Use your face mask when meeting family or friends
  • Use your face mask at work

 

How to wear your face mask:

  • Wash your hands before putting on your face mask
  • Avoid touching your face mask once is set up
  • Adjust your face mask to you face so there’s no holes on the sides.
  • Remove your face mask using the gums
  • Wash your hands after removing the face mask

 

What not to do when you’re wearing a face mask:

  • Don’t put your face mask under your nose
  • Don’t remove your face mask when you have someone close
  • Don’t use face masks that makes breathing hard
  • Don’t use dirty or wet face masks
  • Don’t use a face mask that’s too loose for your face

 

Who should wear a facemask?

  • Vulnerable people like old people or people with some kind of dissease
  • Hospital workers
  • Anyone willing to travel
  • If you’re going to be on a crowded place protect yourself and the others wearing a face mask