With mandatory mask wearing being enforced to protect the community against Covid-19, people are becoming more educated on the efficacy of different masks and respirators and many business have opted to buy Australian Made quality respirators.
In Germany it is now mandatory in the workplace, shops and on public transport to wear a more protective respirator that is certified FFP1 /FFP2. France may be soon to follow.
- Australia & NZ - P2 - AS/NZS 1716:2012
- Europe - FFP2 - EN 149-2001 FFP2
- USA - N95 - NIOSH-42CFR84 N95
- China - KN95 - GB 2626:2019 KN95
Aussie Pharma Direct provides Australian Made FFP2/P2 respirators to many local businesses such as Australian Skin Clinics in Brookvale. The owner Zoe said
“It’s great to be able to support another Australian local business plus have the peace of mind knowing that we are providing clients and staff the best protection by using P2 respirators. We also save money because our staff can wear these all day, whereas the surgical masks need to be changed every few hours."
Differences between masks and respirators
Face masks, such as a surgical or cloth masks, are simply a barrier to splashes, droplets and spittle and do not effectively filter small particles from the air. They are not designed to seal tight against the face. They limit the wearer from spreading disease, but do not protect them from breathing in other people’s germs.
Whereas, P2 or equivalent respirators are designed to protect the wearer from breathing in airborne particles such as viruses and bacteria as well as preventing their own breath from affecting others. They are carefully crafted to seal around the face of the wearer. It should be noted that P2 respirators with the valve are designed for the protection of the wearer only, as the valve allows the breath to escape.
The AMD P2/FFP2 respirators at Aussie Pharma Direct utilise cutting-edge four layered nano-filters which provide up to 99.66% protection from airborne particulate matter and aerosols such as viruses such as Covid-19, bacteria, smoke and dust, whilst allowing for excellent breathability and user comfort (TGA min for P2 requires a min of 94%). Most other masks and respirators on the market use meltblown filters which means they generally cannot be used longer than 1-4 hours as they lose their effectiveness to filter when becoming damp. Whereas a P2/FFP2 respirator with a nano-filter can be worn for up to 6-24 hours and is not affected by moisture or dampness. They can also be used as a surgical mask.
Businesses as well as individuals are becoming more aware of these differences and how important it is to not just be prepared, but be equipped with quality and the correct type of PPE.