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3M 9332 P3 Valved Respirator

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3M 9332 P3 Valved Respirator
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  • This reliable respirator ensures effective protection against fine particulates; dust, mists, metals, fumes, bacteria and virus including Swine Flu, Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) and the SARS virus (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome).
  • The 3M 9332 fully complies with EN149: 2001 FFP3 standards (commonly referred to as a P3 Respirator).
  • This new generation of 3M respirator is individually packed and constructed from lightweight, hypo-allergenic latex free materials.
  • The 3M 9332 features adjustable straps a unique 3M Cool Flow valve (reduces heat and moisture build-up) while it’s fold flat, compact design helps easy storage.
  • EN149:2001 compliant.

 

What is the difference between a surgical mask and a FFP3 mask?

 

Surgical masks are plain masks that cover the nose and mouth and are held in place by straps around the head. In healthcare settings, they are normally worn during medical procedures to protect not only the patient but also the healthcare worker from the transfer of microorganisms, body fluids and particulate matter generated from any splash and splatter. Whilst they will provide a physical barrier to large projected droplets, they do not provide full respiratory protection against smaller suspended droplets and aerosols. That is, they are not regarded as personal protective equipment (PPE) under the European Directive 89/686/EEC (PPE Regulation 2002 SI 2002 No. 1144).

 

A filtering facepiece (FFP3) device is a mask which is certified to the PPE Directive. It provides a high level of filtering capability and face fit. It can be supplied with an exhale valve so that it can be worn comfortably over a fairly long period of time. It will provide an effective barrier to both droplets and fine aerosols and is the type recommended particularly for people in the healthcare sector dealing with symptomatic patients undergoing treatment where aerosols are likely to be generated. There are also filtering facepieces FFP1 and FFP2 available but these provide less respiratory protection than a properly fitting FFP3 device.

 

*Source: Health and Safety Executive, December 2009

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