If you are doing any cutting, grinding, welding, or even activities around the home like using a garden blower it is important to protect yourself from microscopic airborne particulates with a dust mask. Once breathed in they can cause havoc on your respiratory system, and potentially can cause long term health issues.
P2 masks are also use for air pollution smog, protecting you when air quality is particularly bad.
It can be confusing as on international news they speak about N95, Niosh Masks, OSHA or FDA masks. This refers to the USA standard certifying this type of mask. But there are many other global standards that are used to test the effectiveness of particulate respirators.
As mentioned above, in Australia they are known as P2 Respirators. All P2 masks for sale in Australia that are advertised as certified P2 are required to meet the Australian and NZ Standard: AS/NZS 1716:2012.
Then in the UK you have FFP2. In China the equivalent certified masks are KN95 and in Japan they are DS Masks / DS Respirators. In Korea they are certified as 1st class. Here’s a handy fact sheet by 3M showing how similarly these masks are by the testing that certifies them.
During emergency periods or pandemic situations, health authorities may reference “N95, FFP2, or equivalent” respirator standards. That indicates that you can look to other global standards when choosing a N95 face mask when supply of your own countries standard is low.
There is not much difference between a N95 mask and a P2 mask. The name is often used interchangeably. The main difference is which country’s standards have been used in assessing samples of the manufacturer’s mask.
The N95 is the NiOSH (USA testing requirements.) and the P2 represents the Australian testing requirements.
N95 face masks are examples of personal protective equipment that a protect you from airborne particles.
The ‘N95’ designation means that when samples are tested , the respirator blocks at least 95 percent of very small (0.3 micron) test particles.
P2 masks are a higher grade of mask than you would see in your standard doctor or dental surgery. They are designed to have a tighter seal on your face reducing particles from being breathed in.
Most P2 respirators for sale in Australia are manufactured for use in construction and other industrial type jobs that expose workers to dust and small particles. If properly fitted, the filtration capabilities of P2 face masks exceed those of face masks.
However, as outlined by the US Food and Drug Administration of America “even a properly fitted N95 respirators do not eliminate the risk of illness or death” and “it is important to recognize that the optimal way to prevent airborne transmission is to use a combination of interventions from across the hierarchy of controls, not just PPE alone.”
If you are wondering where to buy N95 mask, we have been working hard to ensure we have supply of dust masks and deliver them across Australia.
Have you got bushfire smoke in your area? Then it is recommended that you wear a P2 mask outdoors and stay inside as much as possible.
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P2 Mask Australia – Fit check instructions provided by the QLD Government of Australia.
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We have N95 mask for sale and in stock. We are a small business and are working hard to dispatch orders as quickly as possible.