Respiratory protection is essential when working in an atmosphere contaminated by dust, vapours, fumes or gases. Many health and safety regulations place statutory demands on employers to ensure that the necessary level of protection is provided and used.
Disposable mask protection level guide:
FFP1: Particles larger than 5 microns. General dust, Water based spray, Paint mist (Water based).
FFP2: Particles between 2 and 5 microns. Sanding of softwood, Hand sanding MDF, Ceramic tile dust, Cutting slabs.
FFP2 Odour: Particles between 2 and 5 microns. Solvent paint vapour (Brush applied), Welding fumes, Metal dust.
FFP3: Particles less than 2 microns. Loft insulation, Hardwood dust & cutting MDF, Stone cutting, Plastering.
EN149 Filtering Face Piece for Particulates.