What's the difference?

A comparison of P2, FFP2, KN95, and N95 Face Mask Respirator Types.

5th May 2020

Face Mask Respirator certifications can be confusing: P2, FFP2, KN95 or N95?

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This quick fact sheet covers face mask standards and certifications (classes), and their filtration efficiency against non-oily particles, including biological particles and microorganisms. These are the type of respirators that can protect us from bacteria and influenza virus in daily life.

This fact sheet also covers the important questions, including:

  • What is a P2, FFP2, KN95, N95?
  • Which standard is applicable to me?
  • How does a face mask get its certification?
  • Are N95 masks the same as P2 masks?
  • Which regions are using which standard and classification?
  • Mask standards and effectiveness
  • Certification testing requirements
  • and more.

If you require further information please call 1800 SAFEMAN and ask to speak with a Safeman Representative, so that we can better assist you.


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