Disposable masks


Respiratory protectionis essential for exposed workers inhalation of dangerous gases or particles. Disposable masks protect the nose and mouth from dust, particles or diseases that can spread in certain environments.

Safe s.r.l. produces and certifies directly with own brands a wide assortment of filtering masks, such as dust masks andanti-smog masks.

The filter masks are considered by the Legislative Decree 475/1992 Personal Protective Equipment III category, ie PPE of complex design intended to protect against the risks of death or serious and permanent injury. It must be assumed that the person who uses PPE does not have the opportunity to promptly perceive the instant verification of harmful effects. They fall into the third category respiratory protection equipment filters against solid, liquid aerosols or against irritating gases, dangerous, toxic or radiotoxic.

In addition, Annex VIII of the Consolidated Law on Occupational Health and Safety refers to respiratory protectivemasks, stating that workers exposed specific risks of dangerous inhalation of harmful gases, dust or fumes have respiratory masks or other suitable devices available, keep in a suitable place easily accessible and known to workers.

The UNI EN 149: 2009 standard – entitled Respiratory protective devices – Dust-filtering half-masks – Requirements, tests, marking – defines 3 efficiency classes for dust masks and more generally filter masks:

  • FFP1
  • FFP2
  • FFP3

The FFP1 masks producedby Safe s.r.l. offer a first level of protection for the filtering of fine particles and non-toxic powders (such as graphite, sulfur cement, glass wool, cement). They are disposable masks that cover the worker’s nose and mouth, allowing him to perform his tasks in total safety, and are available in different models, for example with a humidity and heat evacuation valve, or without a valve.

Safe s.r.l.FFP2and FFP3 masks are designed to filter even the toxic fine particles (resin, fungi), to protect against flu viruses and – in the case of FFP3 masks which must, however, necessarily have a valve – to protect against very fine and particularly dangerous particles (such as lead, asbestos, ceramic fibers).