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Aaron L  
#1 Posted : 20 May 2020 10:50:15(UTC)
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Aaron L

Hello all,

Has anyone heard of the HSE relaxing their stance on the type of mask you should wear for silica dust.

FFP3 is the standard approach but with global supply issues have they stated FFP2 can be utilised instead.

I am struggling to get hold of FFP3 right now thats all.

FFP2 description below but i am unsure if this covers silica:

FFP2 respirator:

FFP2 face masks offer a moderate level of protection against hazardous mists, particulates and fumes.

Exhalation valves are more common in FFP2 masks as there is greater breathing resistance. Exhalation valves also help to reduce the build-up of heat inside the mask, improving the comfort for the wearer.

FFP2 masks protect against brake dust, cotton dust, granite dust, hay, lead dust and fume and softwood dust.

FFP2 respirator masks are made for working environments in which deleterious and mutagenic particles can be found in the breathing air. They are most commonly used in the metal and mining industry. Without conformant face masks, workers exposed to the above hazards can develop lung cancer and Tuberculosis (TB).

These masks will be rated an APF of 10x OEL.

Any help will do, thanks


#2 Posted : 20 May 2020 15:28:01(UTC)
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No, the HSE guidance has not changed, a face fitted FFP3 (APF20) is till required for cutting cementious products with a rotary cutter.

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