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Three Types of Face Masks: Medical, Filtration and Respirators

by Reports Yell on March 15, 2022

Face masks are essential for many different types of industries, therefore, there are hundreds of different types on the market. This can make it confusing to know which one is best suited for you and how you can ensure your safety.

In this blog we’ll explain three common types of masks and what they should be used for.

Three Types of Face Masks: Medical, Filtration and Respirators

Disposable medical masks

This type of personal protective equipment helps to filter out large droplets from people around you through a moisture repellent outer layer. They are unable to filter smaller particles such as aerosols or chemicals as they don’t fit tightly to the face. They are best used in medical environments to prevent bacteria from coughing, sneezing or talking and reduce the spread of viral particles.

Filtration masks

These masks fit much tighter to your face and are designed to protect you from the inhalation of larger droplets and fine aerosol particles. In order to work effectively, they should be properly fitted to your face. They are more effective at preventing the spread of viruses as well as protecting against aerosols.


FFP stands for filtering face piece. There are three levels of FFP respirators, FFP1, FFP2 and FFP3. These describe the protection level for each mask, the higher the number the more effective it will be at filtering dangerous particles. FFP1 is designed for low-level dust and water-based mists, FFP2 offers protection against moderate levels of dust, water-based mists and oils and FFP3 mask is suitable for higher-level dust, biological agents and asbestos removal.

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