Mask type comparisons

Mask type comparison

FFP2 Masks

High filtration performance, once worn tightly against the face.

Good breathable performance.

Protects against Covid.

Also protects against other smaller,  non-covid,  airborne particles.

Designed to protect both the wearer and others, from the wearer.

Classified as PPE.

EN certified.

A single use product.

Surgical Mask EN 14683

Good filtration performance.

Very good breathability performance.

Protects against Covid.

The looser design can cause leakage, thereby reducing effectiveness.

Primarily designed to protect patients from the mask wearer.

Not suitable for protection against other smaller, non-covid, airborne particles.

Classified as a Medical Device.

EN certified , in 3 Types, I, II and IIR.

A single use product.

Consumer Barrier Mask

Barrier Mask specification was created to provide masks to protect consumers against Covid.

Providing good filtration and breathability protection against Covid.

Suitable for use in non-medical,  and non-PPE, work environments.

Not classified as PPE or as a medical device.

Produced in wide option of materials, material layers and designs.

Self-regulated by manufacturers, subject to own testing.

Available in single use and available in washable and re-usable options.

Re-usable masks are an eco-friendly solution.


What Is An Arc Flash?

An arc flash is a sudden release of electrical energy that occurs when current jumps across a gap between two conductors or from a conductor to a ground. The arc flash generates an intense burst of heat and light that can cause serious injuries, damage to equipment, and fires.

Arc flashes can occur in a wide range of electrical systems and equipment, including switchgear, transformers, motors, and other high-voltage components. They can be caused by a variety of factors, including equipment failure, human error, or a short circuit.

The intense heat generated by an arc flash can cause severe burns, as well as ignite clothing and other materials in the surrounding area, leading to secondary fires. The bright light from the arc flash can also cause temporary or permanent vision damage.

To prevent arc flash incidents, it’s important to follow proper electrical safety procedures, including wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), de-energizing equipment before working on it, and maintaining a safe distance from energized equipment.

Understanding Arc Ratings and Calories

Now that you understand FR clothing is tested and given an arc rating, you know that the arc rating measures the amount of heat the flame resistant fabric blocks when exposed to electric arc. The arc rating is the number of calories that the garment is expected to “absorb” if exposed to an electric arc. Arc rating is, in essence, the level of protection provided to you, the wearer.

Calorie is the unit of measure of the heat energy of an arc flash and the protective level of FR clothing. The bigger the calorie number, the greater the heat energy level of arc flash and the greater the protective level of the clothing. You will be protected from an electric arc if your clothing has a higher calorie arc rating than the calories of heat generated by the arc.

While it does not matter if the fabric has an Ebt,  ATPV and or ELIM value, it is important to pay attention to the calorie level the fabric can support* (as expressed in cal/cm2)