Respro® Masks FAQ: What’s the difference between N95 and P1 mask standards?

Basically we place this disclaimer on the product to ensure that people do not start using them in workplace environments. The mask has been tested to EN149 FFP1 status which is the equivalent of N95.

N99/ 97/95 is a certification process for disposable respirators for dust for use in Industrial applications. The testing process is carried out by Niosh Accredited testing houses which provide certificates of approval.

We have masks that have equivalent European ratings, The EV range are rated P1 (N95) P2 (N97) P3 (N99).

Our Neoprene products are primarily used in non-industrial sectors; motorcycle, cycle markets. However we feel that it is important for our products to conform to industrial standards as a measure of effectiveness when marketing to the general public.

EN149 is a homologated European standard applicable for the use of face masks in the workplace for the filtration of dusts and water soluble aqueous mists. The test protocol used is primarily based on the masks ability to filter a given percentage of particulate material by means of seal and filter media.

Our Sportsta™ and Techno™, Allergy™ and FB-1™ masks are manufactured within the technical specification for EN149FFP1 for solid and liquid aerosols (i.e. mists).

To find answers to any other questions, see Respro® Mask FAQ on this blog or on our website respro.com

About Respro® UK Ltd

Respro® Masks: Cycle masks, motorcycle masks and allergy masks. External wear for internal protection.
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8 Responses to Respro® Masks FAQ: What’s the difference between N95 and P1 mask standards?

  1. Hugo Chan says:

    Did the “combination filter” test with BFE, VFE and PFE?

  2. Hugo Chan says:

    FFP1 has a filter efficiency of 80%, while N95 has 95%, why you claim FFP1 is equivalent to N95?

  3. Vassili says:

    Hi, I am now in China and I am using the Ultralight™ Mask with Cinqro™ Urban Chemical/Particle filter . Is the this mask suitable for the coronavirus too?

    Thanks

    • Hi Vassili,

      Viral infection is transmitted in two major ways:

      1. By airborne transmission.
      2. By coming into physical contact with viral material and self administering the virus by hand to mouth or nose actions.

      Viral protection is best attended to in two ways.

      1. Use a respiratory mask that has Activated Charcoal Cloth (combination filter) as it has the ability to adsorb viral matter in the nano range of sizes by means of adsoprtion. Whilst a P2/P3 industry face mask will trap particulates which may well carry viral matter, they are seldom bespoke and come in one size. This increases the chance of a misfit by the user, especially if used by children or if they are not shown how to fit a mask properly or undergo a fit test~This means that a percentage of unfiltered air will bypass the filter completely. So whether that rated mask is P1/2 or 3, is not a significant factor. The correct fit and the seal are!

      Suitable masks with a combination filter:

      Techno Mask- http://respro.com/store/product/techno-mask (suitable for commuting)
      Cinqro Mask – http://respro.com/store/product/cinqro-mask (suitable for Sport)
      Ultralight Combo – http://respro.com/store/product/ultralight-mask-plus-urban-filter-combo (suitable for Sport)
      Sportsta Combo – https://respro.com/store/product/combo-kit-sportsta-trade-mask-plus-filter (suitable for Sport)
      Allergy Combo – http://respro.com/store/product/allergy-mask-chemical-particle-filter-combo (suitable for commuting)
      Skin plus Techno upgrade kit – http://respro.com/pollution-masks/skins (suitable for Sport)
      Techno Plus – http://respro.com/store/product/technotrade-plus (suitable for Sport)

      A combination filter would be suitable for exhaust pollution (VOC’s and PM 2.5’s) airborne viral and bacterial matter, and cigarette smoke.

      A combination filter has both a Hepa-type filter layer and a DACC layer. This combination of Hepa-type filter layer and DACC in one single filter provides submicron (smaller than PM 2.5) dust filtering capability, together with DACC capability for filtering gases (VOC’s /Acid gases), vapours and viral matter in the nano range of sizes by means of adsoprtion. It is the best type of filter available in our range for dealing with the broad spectrum of vehicle and non vehicular pollutants commonly found in major cities across the globe.

      They can be found here:

      http://respro.com/store/product/cinqro-filter-pack-urban
      http://respro.com/store/product/techno-filter-twin-pack

      2. By use of a Sanitiser that kills viral and bacterial matter found on common surfaces which are continuously handled. That could be door handles, light switches, TV remotes, communal surfaces and on mass transit systems from buses, trains and metro or at work on shared surfaces, in lifts etc.

      We are running a Travel Sanitiser program whereby every mask order comes with a free bottle of water based sanitiser, a must for all who travel on mass transit systems. It is Non-Toxic, kills 99.9% of all common germs and bacteria and is hand sized and an excellent travel product for everyday use. http://respro.com/store/product/respro-sanitiser – best used on a daily basis. Please visit the following link to see the how to clean a mask using the Respro® sanitiser spray

      Let me know if you need any further information.

      Best regards,
      Harrison | Respro® UK Customer Services

  4. rom says:

    Hello, Which One have P3 (N99)? Thanks.

    • Hi,
      We do supply an FFP3 rated mask which is equivalent to the N99 rating. The Streetsmart and the EV masks we supply both are the highest rated products we supply. Our sports masks would be equivalent to N95.

      If you need any additional info or help I’m here.

      Best regards,
      Harrison | Respro® UK Customer services

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