Frequency Asked Questions

How to select a properly filtering respirator?

A properly selected filtering respirator should allow the user to work efficiently in dusty and strenuous conditions, while at the same time guaranteeing an acceptable price level. The description of each respirator takes into consideration some specific features:

  1. Filtering efficiency.This is specified by means of a standard. All manufacturers are obliged to ensure the following levels of efficiency:Table 2
    P1 4 X NDS 80 % dust, smoke, mist
    P2 10 X PAC 94 % dust, smoke, mist
    P3 30 X PAC 99 % dust, smoke, mist

    *Respirators of the following classes:

    • P1, P2, P3 are tested with the sodium chloride method and oil spray. Wytrzymanie przez półmaski długiego testu oraz spełnienie pozostałych wymagań normy oznacza wysoką jakość produktów. Nowa metoda badań ma również znaczenie dla użytkownika. Podnosi ona bowiem wymagania dla produktów, a co za tym idzie podnosi bezpieczeństwo na stanowiskach pracy.
  2. Typical applications:
    • Respirator class P1 is used in agriculture, the food industry, quarries, cement plants, the building industry, soft woodworking (coniferous), in particular for dusty and smoky environments from such substances as: calcium carbonate, graphite, gypsum, chalk, cement, plaster, marble, zinc oxide, plant pollens, cellulose, sulphur, cotton, filings from ferrous metals, coal dust containing less than 10% of free silica.
    • Respirator class P2 is used in the mining industry, the chemical industry, shipyards, the metallurgical industry, hard woodworking (deciduous), in particular for such dust and smoke from: asbestos, quartz, aluminium, copper, barium, titanium, vanadium, chromium, manganese, coal dust containing more than 10% of free silica.
    • Respirator class P3 is used in welding and soldering processes, with high concentrations of extremely hazardous, microscopic breathable dusts, with compounds containing: beryllium, antimony, arsenic, cadmium, cobalt, nickel, platinum, radium, strychnine.
  3. Dust-holding capacity:Each respirator is characterised by a given inhalation resistance. With time, resistance begins to increase as a result of dust collected in the cup. From the point of view of the user, those respirators are better which will absorb relatively more dust while their inhalation resistance increases to a lesser extent.
  4. Exhalation resistance:This depends on the concentration of carbon dioxide and steam between the respirator cup and the face (the so-called dead space). With each exhaling, another measure of carbon dioxide is taken in, which results in a decreased working efficiency. This effect may be reduced by minimising the dead space and employing exhaust valves which speed up the circulation of gases in space.
  5. Adjustment to user’s face:According to the instructions, the proper placing of the respirator on the face is crucial. When putting on a respirator care must be taken with regard to the proper pressure of the nasal plate and the tight sealing of the surface remaining in contact with the face. Insufficient sealing of the respirator’s edge results in increased leakage, and consequently, loss of filtration efficiency. Facial hair in particular causes an insufficient seal.
  6. Comfort in use: this depends on the quality of the filtering materials employed, which should not cause skin irritation, as well as on the culture of the technology employed. Other important factors are the packaging, handling convenience and other features that might be perceived by the user.
How to protect the respiratory tract properly?

Procedure algorithm: In order to properly diagnose and prevent possible hazards, we must answer four basic questions:

  1. What is the oxygen content in the surrounding environment ?
  2. What form does the hazard take ?
  3. What substance are we dealing with ?
  4. In what concentrations does it occur ?

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If the oxygen content is less than < 17% volume and (or) the concentration of a toxic substance is less than < 1 % of volume and if such harmful substances occur as undetectable carbon monoxide, a human being may become lethally intoxicated. The only effective protection is the so-called “isolation equipment” in the form of a hood, a helmet, or a full mask, under which filtered air is pumped from the external environment.

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The most frequent hazards for the respiratory tract occur in four forms:

  • Solid aerosols (dust, smoke)
  • Liquid aerosols (sprays)
  • Vapours and gases of harmful substances
  • Aerosols as well as vapours and gases of harmful substances

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In the first three cases, we may use respirators or masks with replaceable inserts. The choice of a proper absorber depends on the substance being dealt with (Appendix 2 contains a detailed list).
In the fourth case, an additional dust filter should be placed on the air intake side.
In the first two cases, the use of disposable dust respirators is recommended. While equally efficient, they are much lighter, more comfortable to use and cheaper than re-usable equipment.

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All types of absorbers come in three classes, which determine their absorbency capacity. Thus, we must determine the concentration of the substance with which the given absorber may be used:

up to 0,1
from 0,1 to 0,5
from 0,5 to 1,0
What does the DC symbol means?
The DC symbol means that respirators were conducted the additional researches during the certificate process. The researches were carried out with using the testing dust: dolomite (D) and carbon (C). The DC symbol means that the respirator is characterized by the high dust-holding capacity. In spite of filling it dust which weights 1,5 gram, it is still good for using.


How huge particles penetrate through the respirators?

In the laboratorial circumstances the respirators are researched by the sodium chloride method in range from 0,02 mm to 2,00 mm. The minimum value for the filtration efficiency for the particular classes under above conditions is:

  • 80% for P1
  • 94% for P2
  • 99% for P3
What should be done when eyeglasses mist up in the respirator during work?
The main reason for misting up eyeglasses in the filtering respirator during work is the improper shape of the nasal plate. In avoiding that situation, we should shape the nasal plate on the index finger to crate curve. After the proper placing of the respirator on the face (according to the instruction), we should additionally pressure the nasal plate in order to gain the total seal.
What are the most frequent applications of the filtering respirators?

The most frequent applications of the filtering respirators are:

  • agriculture,
  • the food industry,
  • cement plants,
  • the mining industry,
  • the chemical industry,
  • the building industry,
  • shipyards,
  • the metallurgical industry

and also hard

  • woodworking,
  • stone processing,
  • plastic processing, welding
  • and soldering processes.
How long to work with the filtering respirators?

Time of the filtering respirator usage is described in EN 149:2001+A1: 2009. standard. It includes maximum 8 hours. In the particular situations, with high value of dust, when the filtering respirator is filled by dust that it makes impossible to breathe, new one should replace it.

What is the application of the exhaust valves?

Polluted air in the filtering respirator without the exhaust valves goes through the respirator cup during an exhalation. Through the same way, carbon dioxide and steam get outside. In order to remove these substances, there is an application of the exhaust valves. An advantage of this solution is decrease in concentration of carbon dioxide and steam under the respirator cup. It causes the decrease in the exhalation resistance, the minimization of user tiredness and longer respirator life.

Which respirators use during the painting?

During the powder painting, when concentration of the impurites is below 4 x PAC, it can be applied the filtering respirator P1 class. Higher concentration of the impurites reguires the usage of the filtering respirators classes P2 and P3.

When painting with water-based paints, P1 and P2 class disposable half masks can be used

During the painting bases on solvents, it mustn’t be applied disposable filtering respirators, bacause they don’t absorb gases. Because of that, it should be used an equipment which absorbs hazardous chemicals. In our bussines offer there is a special respirator New Eurmask with proper absorbers.

How to put on an respirator properly?

Only the proper putting on an respirator protects the respiratory tract from harmful substances in air (dust, smoke, mist). In order to put on the respirator properly, we should:

  1. shape the nasal plate through bending it round an index finger
  2. regulate the proportion between upper and lower head tape
  3. put the respirator on the face and shape it proper to seal it to the face
  4. after taking the respiratory off, before using, shorten the head tape through wrapping it around the clasps, and next repeat the activities from 1 to 3 – it improves the seal of the respirator to the face

Download instructions:
Instrukcja użytkowania półmasek filtrujących FFP1, FFP2 i FFP3 (dla półmasek z deklaracją zgodności WE)