Guide to Dust Masks

18 July 2018

H&S safety wording
According to the HSE, there are approximately 12,000 deaths each year in the UK due to occupational respiratory disease.  Every year an estimated 18,000 new cases of breathing or lung problems are caused or made worse by work.

Many common materials contain silica including bricks, cement, drywall, grout, stone, sand and tiles.  Protecting staff who come into contact with dusts and silica is essential to avoid a health hazard.

FFP1, FFP2 and FFP3 (filtering face piece) are the different classes of respirator offer different levels of protection (providing they fit properly and are used correctly).

When selecting respiratory protective equipment, it’s important to consider:-

-    Identify type and level of exposure
-    Evaluating airborne hazards
-    The FFP rating
-    A comfortable and convenient mask
-    If in doubt, choose a higher level of protection

FFP1 – reduces the wearer’s exposure to airborne particles by a Factor of 4
FFP2 – reduces the wearer’s exposure to airborne particles by a Factor of 10
FFP3 – reduces the wearer’s exposure to airborne particles by a Factor of 20