What's the Meaning Behind the Face Masks we Purchase?
Filtering Face Respirators (FFR), sometimes referred to Disposable Respirators, or Disposable Face Masks are subject to a variety of regulatory standards around the world. These standards specify certain required physical and performance characteristics. It also requires the Respirators to meet a certain criteria. Health in a pandemic or emergency is key, and these standards are often referred to when making recommendations for Respirators. For example, people should use "KN95 Masks, FFP2 Masks or equivalent" Respirators. If your country (or state) requires you to wear a KN95 Masks, then wearing the proper Respirator that will provide you with the utmost protection, will count - especially when you are out somewhere with higher crowd density. So, what's this KN95 Mask, FFP2 Mask, and N95 Mask all about? What does it all mean? We'll tell you...
- N95 (United States NIOSH-42CFR84)
- KN95 (China GB2626-2006)
- FFP2 (Europe EN 149-2001)
- P2 (Australia/New Zealand AS/NZA 1716:2012)
- Korea 1st class (Korea KMOEL - 2017-64)
- DS (Japan JMHLW-Notification 214, 2018)
As shown above, all of the respirator standards represent different regions and testing standards within that region. But all of them share the same point which is filter performance. According to the Disposable Face Mask manufacturer 3M believes that "reasonably considering" China's KN95 Disposable Face Mask is equivalent to the USA's N95 Disposable Face Mask standards.
Many users are concerned about the percentage of particles captured by the Disposable Face Masks. On this metric the, KN95, FFP2 and N95 Disposable Face Masks are the same. All the 3 different Disposable Face Masks can capture 95% of tiny particles (0.3-micron particles to be precise). And according to this comparison, the practical performance of those Disposable Face Masks under the standards of the EU, SK, and JP are quite similar to each other.
In the current situation, all of us are suffering a lot from Corona virus in one way or another. For the health and safety of our family and ourselves, wearing a Disposable Face Mask is the simplest way to stay safe!
Here are some Disposable Face Masks that Safe Goods recommends in terms of the best quality and value;