FFP1, FFP2, FFP3 ? All you need to know about anti-pollution masks certification !

Posted By: Myriam Mahlouf - Community Manager WAIR In: All about air pollution On: Comment: 0 Hit: 317439

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Our masks are anti-pollution masks.
They have been designed to filter dust and pollen up to a size of 0.1 microns (up to fine particles).
Which positions our mask on the podium of the most effective masks because of the perfect sealing of the filtration.
 
We have no information on the effectiveness of masks as medical protection.
Only a health professional can advise to wear it according to your state of health. In addition it will show you good practices.
 
As far as we are concerned,
we designed our mask against air pollution and pollens.
 
We are one of the most efficient masks on the market.
We have taken care of the aesthetics to be scalable and adaptable to your daily moods.
Finally, the softness resulting from the silicone contact makes its use very comfortable.
 
Convinced that you will understand our values ​​and our demand for "made in France".

What is air pollution ?

Air pollution has different origins: transport, buildings, waste, industry, agriculture, energy production, but it can also have a natural origin. The different pollutants can be:

- Fine and ultra-fine particles (PM10, PM2.5, PM0.1)

- Pollen

- gases (nitrogen oxide, carbon monoxide ...)

- Molds

- Bacteria

- Odors

The WAIR anti-pollution mask protects users of these pollutants up to PM0.1, which are fine particles.

Different types of anti-pollution masks

Most of our competitors have chosen to develop a HALF MASK, which has a larger size on the face as it goes under the chin but has a larger filtration area.

Half mask example:

The WAIR anti-pollution masks, to be compact and therefore more aesthetic and easy to wear are QUARTER MASKS. But they use smaller filters.

Example of a mask quarter:

 

FILTRATION EFFICIENCY IS PROPORTIONAL TO THE SURFACE OF THE FILTER, a quarter of mask will have to use a filter denser (more filtering) to reach, with a smaller surface, the same level of filtration efficiency as a larger filter .

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P1, P2, P3, what differences?

We talk about FFP for disposable masks and FMP for reusable masks. Levels P1, P2 and P3 for these two categories correspond to the same requirements. The levels vary according to the rate of Total Internal Leakage (FTI), this means the quantity of air which does not pass through the filter and which is therefore not filtered, and the Penetration rate (or rate filtration) of the filter media. This means the% of particles retained by the device.

Classifications require the following results:

FFP1 or FMP1 = Filtration: 80% minimum. Internal leakage rate: 22% maximum

FFP2 or FMP2 = Filtration: 94% minimum. Inward leakage rate: 8% maximum

FFP3 or FMP3 = Filtration: 98% minimum. Internal leakage rate: 2% maximum

IMPORTANT: The mention "FFP3 +" is a pure marketing invention!

Only a mask with a perfectly waterproof structure and an extremely impervious filter (hardly breathable) can reach level P3.

THIS LEVEL P3 IS RECOMMENDED FOR PROFESSIONALS
IN CONTACT WITH A LOT OF PARTICLES AND OVER LONG HOURS,
BUT ESPECIALLY NOT FOR CYCLISTS, SCOOTERISTS,
RUNNER OR ALL PEOPLE MOVED TO MOVE AND VENTILATE!

Having a P3 mask means that the breathing effort is going to be very important. Thus, in the event of a leak in the face, the non-sealed anti-pollution mask represents a danger. Indeed, the user will breathe harder, which will promote the entry of fine particles.

WAIR therefore corresponds to a level FMP1.

LEVEL P1 GUARANTEES VERY HIGH LEVEL OF FILTRATION EFFICIENCY
WHILE MAINTAINING A GOOD BREATHING COMFORT.

Thanks to the WAIR anti-pollution masks, 92.8% of the fine particles up to the PM 0.1 are stopped.

WAIR allows its users to make a physical effort while providing them with a very high protection. While P2 and P3 levels will not allow the user to breathe properly during exercise. The breathing resistances being too high for level P2 and P3, the user will have the feeling of suffocation during the effort, even moderate.

EN149, N99, N95, EN1827 and then what else? What standard can I trust? What is the most protective?

Any anti-pollution mask that promises respiratory protection is an EPI, that is to say a Personal Protective Equipment. This condition requires all masks wishing to be sold in Europe to comply with a European standard corresponding to its mask category. And that's where it gets complicated ... because there are a multitude of standards depending on the multitude of types of filtration masks in effect. The best known is the EN149, but it is addressed to disposable dust masks and therefore does not correspond to WAIR.

WAIR has therefore responded to another standard called EN1827, much less known but intended "Respiratory protective devices - Half-masks without inspiratory valve and with removable filters, against gases, against gases and particles, or against particles" so more adequate. Filtration requirements being identical to EN149.

N95 and N99 correspond to American standards. They are each less demanding than European standards, so easier to have.

WHAT YOU MUST REMEMBER :

The WAIR anti-pollution masks were designed in close collaboration with air quality and filtration specialists, pulmonologists and users who validated the technical choices of the WAIR configuration.Air pollution has different origins: transport, buildings, waste, industry, agriculture, energy production, but it can also have a natural origin. The different pollutants can be
- Pollen
Fine and ultra-fine particles (PM10, PM2.5, PM0.1)
- Gases (nitrogen oxide, carbon monoxide ...)
- Molds
- Bacteria
- Odors and many more.


The WAIR redesigned anti-pollution mask protects users of these pollutants up to PM0.1, which are fine particles.

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