The lastest workwear news and tips

How to Pick a Dust Mask Rating : P1 vs P2 vs P3

Posted by Xamax on 16/06/17 08:32

How to choose a dust mask rating.jpg

Disposable or half-face dust masks protect against particulate hazards, such as airborne particles like dusts and powders. They come in three ratings: P1, P2, and P3. Each of these types of mask will specify their occupational exposure limit (OEL) and their assumed protection factor (APF). Dust masks are vital for a range of industries: construction, agricultural, pharmaceutical, and more. The P1, P2, and P3 ratings offer different levels of protection so it’s vital you find the correct level of protection you need.

When choosing a dust mask you need to determine which dust mask ratings you need for your workplace hazard (although your employer should identify the hazards for you and provide the correct PPE) or home hazard.


People often choose not to wear a dust mask because they feel it’s uncomfortable, they have to shave everyday (so it’s close fitting), it interferes with other PPE, other people on site don’t wear them, and many other factors. However, the risks of not wearing the correct respiratory protection is that you can develop harmful and life threatening lung conditions. A dust mask can protect you from developing painful coughs, wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and difficulty breathing - as well as more serious long-term conditions. When it comes to your health, it’s better to be safe. The mask should be tight fitting, and a fit test should always be performed when fitting a new mask. There were over 12,000 deaths associated with respiratory hazards after long-term exposure. Don’t be a statistic! Choose the right dust mask for the hazards around you.


Below is a quick guide to these three types of dust mask:


FFP1 Dust Masks

  • Protects against low levels of dust.
  • Protects against solid and liquid aerosols.
  • Can be used for hand sanding, drilling, and cutting.
  • OEL: Protects against materials in concentrations 4x limit.
  • APF: Protects against materials in concentrations 4x limit.

SHOP FFP1 DUST MASKS


FFP2 Dust Masks

  • Protects against moderate levels of dust.
  • Protects against solid and liquid aerosols.
  • Higher protection than FFP1
  • Can be used for plastering and sanding.
  • OEL: Protects against materials in concentrations 12x limit.
  • APF: Protects against materials in concentrations 10x limit.

SHOP FFP2 DUST MASKS


FFP3 Dust Masks

  • Protects against higher levels of dust.
  • Protects against solid and liquid aerosols.
  • Higher protection than FFP1, and FFP2.
  • Can be used for handling hazardous powders such as those in the pharmaceutical industry.
  • Recommended when in doubt of protection needed.
  • OEL: Protects against materials in concentrations 50x limit.
  • APF: Protects against materials in concentrations 20x limit.

SHOP FFP3 DUST MASKS

 

How to choose

  • Identify type and level of contaminant exposure.
  • Evaluate airborne hazards in workplace (or workshop).
  • Choose mask based on FFP rating.
  • Choose comfortable and convenient mask.
  • The occupational exposure limit is the upper limit on acceptable concentration, and is set by national authorities.
  • When in doubt go with a higher level of protection.

Replace and Maintain


Protection Level OEL Protection AFL Protection
FFP1 4x 4x
FFP2 12x 10x
FFP3 50x 20x

 

What Xamax offers

Portwest FFP1 Valved Dust Mist Respirator

Portwest FFP1 Valved Dust Mist Respirator.png

Only £4.52 per item

 

Meets EN 149 FFP1 standards. Cup shape. Exhalation valve for lighter breathing resistance. Adjustable nose clip for optimised fit.

Portwest FFP2 Dust Mist Respirator

 Portwest FFP2 Dust Mist Respirator.png

Only £7.28 per item 

 


Meets EN 149 FFP2 standards. C
up shape. Adjustable nose clip for optimised fit.

Portwest FFP3 Valved Dust Mist Fume Respitator

Portwest FFP3 Valved Dust Mist Fume Respirator-1.png

Only £11.50 per item

 

 

Meets EN 149 FFP3 standard. Cup shape. Exhalation valve for lighter breathing resistance. Adjustable nose clip for optimised fit. Whole around “O” ring face joint for maximal comfort. Wide elastic bands.

 

 

Portwest Dust Mask 

Portwest Dust Mask.png 

Only £2.50 per item

 

 

 

Effective against pollen, common household dust and other non toxic particles. 

 

 

 

SHOP RESPIRATORY PROTECTION

 

How do you know if your workplace is PPE compliant?

Our PPE checklist can serve as a quick tick list, letting you know if you’re PPE compliant. You can also use it as a buying guide, letting you know what to order for each workplace hazard, how often to order, how to maintain, and more. Download your PPE checklist.

PPE Checklist CTA

Topics: Buying Workwear, PPE

New Call-to-action

Subscribe to Email Updates

Recent Posts