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Respirators & Face Masks

  Minimum Order Quantity For Use:
3-Ply Surgical Masks 100,000 Global
N95 50,000 USA / EU* / UK*
KN95  50,000 USA**/ China
FFP2 50,000 EU / UK / USA**
FFP3 50,000 EU / UK / USA**

Due to the outbreak of coronavirus & COVID-19 there have been some temporary concessions allowed for use of respiratory protection in non-native markets.
*UK / EU - temporary allowance of NIOSH approved N95 Masks
**USA - temporary allowance of some KN95 Masks & temporary allowance of FFP2 & FFP3

Depending on your where you are we will only supply masks that are approved for import and use in your location.

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Overview

Masks
3-Ply Surgical Masks

Surgical masks are made from three layers of material:
  1. An outer hydrophobic non-woven layer
  2. A middle melt-blown layer
  3. An inner soft absorbent non-woven layer
The purpose of a surgical mask is primarily to stop droplets exhaled or coughed from the wearer being transferred to others in the vicinity

Face Coverings
Some countries and news sources are recommeding the use of non-approved or tested face coverings for protection from coronavirus transmission - most of these are untested and most materials that have been tested have been found to be significantly less effective at protecting the wearer and others than other tested and approved masks and respirators.
 
Respirators
Respirators differ to simple surgical masks in that they are designed to protect the wearer from particulate and bioaerosols (e.g. viruses). As opposed to just protecting others from the wearer. It is important that respirators are fit-tested as they are designed to form a tight seal to the wearers face in order to ensure all air is drawn through the mask itself and not from around the edges.
 
Choosing the right respirator
When selecting a respirator for use it is important to understand the difference between valved and non-valved respirators; a valved respirator features a directional exhalation valve, designed to make breathing more comfortable for the wearer; however the air that is exhaled by the wearer leaves the mask through the valve and importantly: not through the mask filter itself – meaning that if the wearer is contagious there will be no filtration or collection of any of the exhaled breath / droplets.
It is therefore important to select the appropriate mask or respirator for the environment that they are going to be worn in.
 
Global Standards
  • N95 (United States NIOSH-42CFR84)
  • FFP2 (Europe EN 149-2001)
  • KN95 (China GB2626-2006)
  • P2 (Australia/New Zealand AS/NZA 1716:2012)
  • Korea 1st class (Korea KMOEL - 2017-64)
  • DS (Japan JMHLW-Notification 214, 2018)

Exhibiting at Emergency Services Show 2017

PPS will be attending the Emergency Services Show at the NEC, Birmingham on the 20th & 21st September 2017. The team will be based outside on stand OS250. PPS will have a number of...

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