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FFP1, FFP2, FFP3? all the explanations about pollution masks!

Anti-pollution mask filtration

FFP1, FFP2, FFP3? what does it mean? which anti-pollution mask is used? Find all our detailed explanations here.

VIRUS FILTRATION
Our masks are anti-pollution masks.
They are designed to filter dust and pollen down to a size of 0.1 microns (down to fine particles).
This places our mask on the podium of the most efficient masks due to the perfect filtration tightness.

We have no information on the effectiveness of masks as medical protection.
Only a health care professional can advise you to wear them depending on your state of health, and he or she will also tell you about good practices.

As far as we're concerned,
we designed our mask against air pollution and pollen.

We are one of the best performing masks on the market.
We have taken care of the aesthetics to be evolutionary and adaptable to your daily moods.
Finally, the softness resulting from the silicone contact makes it very comfortable to use.

Convinced that you will understand our values and our claim of "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)
- Pollens
- Gases (Nitrogen Oxide, Carbon Monoxide...)
- Mold.
- Bacteria
- Smells

The WAIR anti-pollution mask protects users from 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 more bulky format on the face because it passes UNDER THE CHIN but a larger filtration surface.
Example of half mask :

WAIR anti-pollution masks, in order to be space-saving and therefore more aesthetic and easy to wear, are QUARTER MASKS, but they use smaller filters.
Example of a quarter mask :

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

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P1, P2, P3, WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES?

These are referred to as FFP for disposable masks and FMP for reusable masks. The P1, P2 and P3 levels for these two categories correspond to the same requirements. The levels vary according to the Total Inward Leakage (TIL) rate, which means the amount of air that does not pass through the filter and is therefore not filtered, and the Penetration Rate (or filtration rate) of the filter media. This means the % of particles retained by the device.

Classifications require the following results:

FFP1 or FMP1 = Filtration: 80 % minimum Leakage rate to inside: 22 % maximum
FFP2 or FMP2 = Filtration: 94 % minimum Leakage rate to inside: 8 % maximum
FFP3 or FMP3 = Filtration: 98 % minimum Leakage rate to inside: 2 % maximum

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

Only a mask with a perfectly sealed structure and an extremely impermeable (hardly breathable) filter can reach the P3 level.

THIS P3 LEVEL IS RECOMMENDED FOR PROFESSIONALS
IN CONTACT WITH A LOT OF PARTICLES AND OVER LONG HOURS,
BUT ESPECIALLY NOT FOR CYCLISTS, SCOOTER RIDERS,
RUNNER OR FOR ANY PERSON REQUIRED TO MOVE AND VENTILATE!

Having a P3 mask means that the breathing effort is going to be very important, so in the event of a leak in the face, the leaky pollution mask represents a danger because the user will breathe harder, which will encourage the entry of fine particles.

WAIR therefore corresponds to an FMP1 level.

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

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

WAIR therefore allows its users to make a physical effort while providing them with very high protection, whereas levels P2 and P3 will not allow the user to breathe properly during the effort. Respiratory resistance being too high for level P2 and P3, the user will feel suffocated during the effort, even if it is moderate.

 

EN149, N99, N95, EN1827 AND WHAT ELSE? WHAT STANDARD CAN I TRUST? WHAT IS THE MOST PROTECTIVE?

Any anti-pollution mask promising respiratory protection is PPE, i.e. Personal Protective Equipment. This condition obliges all masks wishing to be sold in Europe to comply with a European standard corresponding to its category of mask. And this is where it gets complicated...because there are a multitude of standards depending on the multitude of types of filtration masks in force. The best known is EN149, but it applies 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 for "Respiratory protective devices - Half masks without inhalation valve and with removable filters, against gases, gases and particles, or against particles" therefore more adequate, the filtration requirements being identical to EN149.

N95 and N99 correspond to American standards and are each less demanding than the European standards and therefore easier to obtain.

THE IMPORTANT THING TO REMEMBER:

WAIR pollution masks have been designed in close collaboration with air quality and filtration specialists, lung specialists and users who have validated the technical choices of the WAIR configuration to meet the requirements of European regulations.

WAIR anti-pollution masks have a quarter-mask format which is much more compact than the widely used half-mask format and guarantees equivalent performance to half-mask format products.

WAIR anti-pollution masks can be accessorized with a textile available in various shapes and colours to make them more elegant on the face, and therefore more discreet, in order to stand out from the products currently on the market that have an aggressive and unattractive look.

WAIR anti-pollution masks therefore combine the best filtration techniques with elegance, a first in the field of civilian respiratory protection.

 

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