VCARE RESPIRATOR COMPARISON

Masks protect you against solid dust particles, fibres, microorganisms, mists and aerosols (suspended droplets and dust). Work environments often conceal hazards such as viruses (Covid-19) that are not immediately recognised. Such a hazard can cause infection spread, permanent damage to your health, and in the worst case even be life-threatening.

Why a wear a Protective Mask?

It is important to get the maximum possible protection for your respiratory passages against the viral infections (Covid-19) to say the least. Protect yourself and protect people around you.

What is FFP?

Masks marked with the code FFP stands for ‘filtering facepiece’. This shows what and how many particles of suspended dust, mist, fibres, bacteria, are filtered.

Three classes of FFP: FFP1, FFP2 and FFP3; higher the number, better the protection. Let’s COMPARE, FFP1, FFP2, FFP3 & the often term used as Mask.

FFP1 FFP2 FFP3 MASK

Overview

Protects against large solid particles, irritating but not harmful substances. Minimum filter efficiency 78%. FFP1 uses too wide filter for filtering the air, so for breathing in, it won’t stop the virus from penetrating the mask, but for breathing out, it stops the aerosol and small water droplets which often contain most of the virus. Protects surrounding people but not the wearer. FFP1 is equivalent to a basic Surgical Mask.

Masks protects the person and surrounding people. FFP2 protects against solid and liquid irritating aerosols. Minimum filter efficiency of 92%. Protects the wearer and surrounding people. FFP2 is equivalent to N95 and KN95.

Protects against solid and liquid toxic aerosols. Minimum filter efficiency of 98%. FFP3 advisable for high levels of airborne particles and toxic conditions. Reduces amount of dust by 20.

This is a very basic mask, and people wear it when they are experiencing mild symptoms and are worried to infect other people, so this help not infect other people, but if you do not mild symptoms or do not have viral infection and you were it, it does not protect you from others around you who might have symptoms or a viral infection as it can pass through the mask when breathing in.

Protection

Respirator protects the person wearing it, but not the surrounding people

Respirator protects the person wearing it and the surrounding people.

Heavy duty protection for everyone

Basic mask, and people wear it when they are experiencing mild symptoms

Dust Reduction

By 4

By 10

By 20

None

Prevents

It stops the aerosol and small water droplets which often contain most of the virus.

Protects against solid and liquid irritating aerosols.

Heavy duty protection for everyone

It does not protect you from others around you who might have symptoms or a viral infection.

Usage

Agriculture, Cleaning Works

Health Care - Sanitaries, Service Sectors

Health Care - Sanitaries, Service Sectors

Health Care - Sanitaries

FFP1

Overview

Protects against large solid particles, irritating but not harmful substances. Minimum filter efficiency 78%. FFP1 uses too wide filter for filtering the air, so for breathing in, it won’t stop the virus from penetrating the mask, but for breathing out, it stops the aerosol and small water droplets which often contain most of the virus. Protects surrounding people but not the wearer. FFP1 is equivalent to a basic Surgical Mask.

Protection

Respirator protects the person wearing it, but not the surrounding people

Dust Reduction

By 4

Prevents

It stops the aerosol and small water droplets which often contain most of the virus.

Usage

Agriculture, Cleaning Works

FFP2

Overview

Masks protects the person and surrounding people. FFP2 protects against solid and liquid irritating aerosols. Minimum filter efficiency of 92%. Protects the wearer and surrounding people. FFP2 is equivalent to N95 and KN95.

Protection

Respirator protects the person wearing it and the surrounding people.

Dust Reduction

By 10

Prevents

Protects against solid and liquid irritating aerosols.

Usage

Health Care - Sanitaries, Service Sectors

FFP3

Overview

Protects against solid and liquid toxic aerosols. Minimum filter efficiency of 98%. FFP3 advisable for high levels of airborne particles and toxic conditions. Reduces amount of dust by 20.

Protection

Heavy duty protection for everyone

Dust Reduction

By 20

Prevents

Heavy duty protection for everyone

Usage

Health Care - Sanitaries, Service Sectors

MASK

Overview

This is a very basic mask, and people wear it when they are experiencing mild symptoms and are worried to infect other people, so this help not infect other people, but if you do not mild symptoms or do not have viral infection and you were it, it does not protect you from others around you who might have symptoms or a viral infection as it can pass through the mask when breathing in.

Protection

Basic mask, and people wear it when they are experiencing mild symptoms

Dust Reduction

None

Prevents

It does not protect you from others around you who might have symptoms or a viral infection.

Usage

Health Care - Sanitaries

A technical difference between a “mask” and a “respirator”? Day to day we often say mask, when referring to what are technically called respirators.

Uses for Masks:

Masks are loose fitting, covering the nose and mouth. Designed for one way protection, to capture bodily fluid leaving the wearer. I.e. Worn during surgery to prevent coughing, sneezing, etc on the vulnerable patient.
Contrary to belief, masks are NOT designed to protect the wearer. Vast majority of masks do not have a safety rating assigned to them, i.e. NIOSH / EN.

Uses for Respirators:

Respirators are tight fitting masks, designed to create a facial seal. Non-valved respirators provide good two way protection, filtering both inflow and outflow of air.
Designed to protect the wearer (If worn properly), up to the safety rating of the mask Available as disposable, half face or full face.

Whilst surgical style masks are not redundant by any means, they aren’t designed to protect the wearer, whilst respirators are; educate the Buyer when necessary.

VCARE FFP2/FFP3
RESPIRATORS & RECOMMENDED USAGE

MASK REFERENCE NO.

PRODUCT TYPE

WEARING STYLE

USAGE

FFP2

Foldable

Earloop

Health Care - Sanitaries, Service Sectors

Foldable

Earloop

Health Care - Sanitaries, Service Sectors

Foldable

Headband

Industry, Health Care - Sanitaries, Service Sectors

Foldable

Headband

Industry, Health Care - Sanitaries, Service Sectors

Fish Type

Earloop

Industry, Health Care - Sanitaries

Cup Type

Headband

Industry, Health Care - Sanitaries

Cup Type with Valve

Headband

Industry

FFP3

Cup Type with Valve

Headband

Industry

Cup Type

Headband

Industry, Health Care - Sanitaries, Service Sectors

Duck Bill Type

Headband

Health Care - Sanitaries, Service Sectors

Duck Bill Type with Valve

Headband

Health Care - Sanitaries

Duck Bill Foldable

Headband

Health Care - Sanitaries

Duck Bill Foldable with Valve

Headband

Industry

Fish Type with Valve

Headband

Industry, Health Care - Sanitaries

FFP2

PRODUCT TYPE:

Foldable

WEARING STYLE:

Earloop

USAGE:

Health Care - Sanitaries, Service Sectors

PRODUCT TYPE:

Foldable

WEARING STYLE:

Earloop

USAGE:

Health Care - Sanitaries, Service Sectors

PRODUCT TYPE:

Foldable

WEARING STYLE:

Headband

USAGE:

Industry, Health Care - Sanitaries, Service Sectors

PRODUCT TYPE:

Foldable

WEARING STYLE:

Headband

USAGE:

Industry, Health Care - Sanitaries, Service Sectors

PRODUCT TYPE:

Fish Type

WEARING STYLE:

Earloop

USAGE:

Industry, Health Care - Sanitaries

PRODUCT TYPE:

Cup Type

WEARING STYLE:

Headband

USAGE:

Industry, Health Care - Sanitaries

PRODUCT TYPE:

Cup Type with Valve

WEARING STYLE:

Headband

USAGE:

Industry

FFP3

PRODUCT TYPE:

Cup Type with Valve

WEARING STYLE:

Headband

USAGE:

Industry

PRODUCT TYPE:

Cup Type

WEARING STYLE:

Headband

USAGE:

Industry, Health Care - Sanitaries, Service Sectors

PRODUCT TYPE:

Duck Bill Type

WEARING STYLE:

Headband

USAGE:

Health Care - Sanitaries, Service Sectors

PRODUCT TYPE:

Duck Bill Type with Valve

WEARING STYLE:

Headband

USAGE:

Health Care - Sanitaries

PRODUCT TYPE:

Duck Bill Foldable

WEARING STYLE:

Headband

USAGE:

Health Care - Sanitaries

PRODUCT TYPE:

Duck Bill Foldable with Valve

WEARING STYLE:

Headband

USAGE:

Industry

PRODUCT TYPE:

Fish Type with Valve

WEARING STYLE:

Headband

USAGE:

Industry, Health Care - Sanitaries

SUMMARY

  • Always protect yourself as well as possible. Choose the appropriate Protective Mask, to work not only work safely, but also better and more comfortably.
  • Dust mask with FFP1 score protects you against non-harmful particles.
  • Dust mask with FFP2 score protects you against irritating and harmful particles.
  • Dust mask with FFP3 score protects you against toxic and harmful particles.
  • Only use a dust mask once (NR), unless indicated otherwise.
  • Dust masks with the indications V and/or D give higher respiratory comfort.
  • Only choose dust masks that meet the EN 149 standard.
  • Take the possible risks into account and use maximum protection.
  • Always work comfortably and safely.

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