RR1087 – Market surveillance of FFP3 disposable resirators

Filtering Facepieces (FFPs) are disposable Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) for protection against dusts,
particles and aerosols. They are often referred to as
‘disposable dust masks’, are widely used, and generally
require no cleaning or maintenance. They are available in three classes: FFP1, FFP2 and FFP3, with the higher numbers
corresponding to better filtering efficiency. As with all types
of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) sold in the UK, they
must comply with the EU PPE Directive 89/686/EEC. It is the
responsibility of the manufacturer or person placing the RPE
on the European single market to ensure compliance. For
FFPs this is invariably achieved by compliance with the
harmonised standard EN149:2001+A1:2009.

This report describes market surveillance testing of samples of ten FFP3 respirator models from ten different
manufacturers that are available on the UK market. The aim
was to determine whether each sample meets a range of
health and safety performance requirements required by the
standard. Only five of the ten models passed all tests with
no faults or failures. Two models had an isolated fault on a
single sample, one of which was very serious, rendering the
respirator ineffective. Three models had multiple faults, two
of them serious. The information provided with the masks
by the manufacturers was generally acceptable, although
four out of the ten manufacturers included no or limited
information on pre-use checks.

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Article source: http://www.hse.gov.uk/research/rrhtm/rr1087.htm