FFP3 Disposable Face Masks

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  • In line with requirements to the Health & Safety Executive (HSE)
  • Certificate of conformity to EN 149:2001 and A1:2009 can be downloaded from the Technical Data tab
  • APF Protection of 20 and OEL Protection of 50 with 99% filtering efficiency
  • Recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO)
  • This type offers the most protection available and is outlined as best practice by the HSE

FFP3 NR Face Mask Level of Protection

  • They are designed to protect the user from particulates such as dusts, mists and fumes
  • What is classified as a Dust? Dusts are formed when a solid material is broken down into tiny fragments as a result of processes such as grinding, drilling, abrading etc.
  • Mists are tiny droplets that are formed from liquid materials through condensation and atomization processes
  • Fumes are formed when a solid material (e.g.: a metal) is vaporized through high temperature. The vapour cools quickly and condenses into extremely fine particles
  • The term Particulate commonly identifies the collection of these solid particles in the air

Assigned Protection Factor (APF) 4 10 20
Filter Efficiency Filters at least 80% of airborne particles Filters at least 94% of airborne particles Filters at least 99% of airborne particles
Internal Leakage Maximum 22% Maximum 8% Maximum 2%
Colour Ear Loop Yellow Blue or White Red


Why buy FFP3 face masks online?

  • Genuine CE approval which is mandatory for selling into the UK and Europe.
  • Maximum quality and reliable brands that you can trust
  • All our stock levels are live, you can guarantee that if our website says they are in stock, then we will dispatch your order the same day if ordered before 3:30pm
  • If you add an item not in stock to your basket, you will be informed of the lead-time of that product
  • We offer in-depth technical support to ensure the type of product will be the best for your application

What's The Difference Between N99 and FFP3

N99 respirators and FFP3 provide comparable protection as long as the wearer has passed a face fit test, according to the HSE. They filter up to 99% of airborne particles.

What does FFP3 Mask Mean?

FFP stands for 'Filtering Face Piece' and they must offer a minimum filtration efficiency of 99% against these particulates according to the EN149 standard. These items belong to the family of products according to the EN149 standard.

Are FFP3 Masks Reusable?

They are non-reusable and should be disposed of after a single use. If worn for 8 hours, swap for a replacement. Reusables Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) can be purchased to avoid single use, however, they must be cleaned between each wear.

When Should FFP3 Be Used?

HSE’s current stance is that where there is a respiratory risk of infection, they represent best practice, and where these are not available then FFP2 may be an acceptable, pragmatic compromise. The UK recommends their use when caring for patients in areas where high risk aerosol generating procedures (AGPs) are being performed.

Medical Practice

FFP3 respirators are also used when caring for patients with suspected or confirmed infectious respiratory virus, all healthcare workers need to assess the infectious risk posed to themselves and wear the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) to minimise that risk.

How to put on a FFP3 Face Mask

  1. Clean your hands with soap and water or hand sanitiser before touching the mask

  2. Remove a folded mask from the box and make sure there are no obvious tears or holes in it. Open the mask with the inside facing you

  3. Position the face mask to the face, with the nose strip at the top

  4. Place a loop around each ear

  5. Once in position, ensure the mask is adjusted to completely cover the nose and mouth

  6. Use both hands to mold or pinch the stiff edge to the shape of your nose

  7. Clean your hands again with soap and water or hand sanitiser before touching the mask

How to remove an FFP3 Face Mask

  1. Clean your hands with soap and water or hand sanitiser before touching the mask

  2. Avoid touching the front of the mask. Only touch the ear loops

  3. Hold both of the ear loops and gently lift and remove the mask from your face

  4. Dispose of the mask in the bin

  5. Clean your hands with soap and water or hand sanitiser

What does NR mean?

NR means personal protective equipment that is non-reusable

What is a valve on a face mask?

A valve contains a small plastic structure, which allows small amounts of air to be released, without allowing any air into the mask. These masks provide protection to the user but offer limited protection to those around them.

What shapes of valve masks are there?

  • Type A is a moulded-cup shape respirator, with an exhalation valve and a strong and rigid outer shell

  • Type B is a contoured mask, with moulded nose bridge and dual welded head straps

  • Type C is a horizontal folding shape, with invisible nose bridge and wide field of view

  • Type D is a classic folding and cup-shaped face mask, with lightweight design

Difference between face coverings, masks and filtering respirators

Comparison Feature Cloth Face Covering Procedure/Surgical Masks Filtering Facepiece Respirators (FFRs)
Description Cloth mask used to cover mouth and nose. Disposable procedure mask used to cover nose and mouth. Surgical mask also provides fluid barrier. Disposable, respirator used to cover nose and mouth.
Certification None MDD (surgical) CE Approved
Fit on face Loose Loose Tight
Intended Use May help contain spit or phlegm expelled by the wearer, like covering a cough or sneeze with a face tissue. Designed to help reduce liquid droplets that are expelled by the wearer. Fluid barrier in surgical mask is designed to help protect the wearer from splashes or sprays of bodily fluids. Designed to help protect the wearer from potential airborne hazards when properly selected and worn.
Will help reduce the wearer’s exposure to airborne particulate hazards when properly selected and worn No No Yes, CE approved FFP2 are at least 94% efficient in filtering particulates per EN149:2001+A1:2009 or Halfmask fitted with P2 filters compliant with EN140 and EN143.

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