How many times can you use a disposable FFP3 mask?

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nightowl
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How many times can you use a disposable FFP3 mask?

Post by nightowl » Mon Jun 22, 2020 12:46 pm

Is there any official advice? I've probably used mine for about an hour maximum each week since the lockdown started. I know I've read that under the present circumstances it's understandable if people use them a few times but wondering how much is too much?

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Re: How many times can you use a disposable FFP3 mask?

Post by jennyjj01 » Mon Jun 22, 2020 1:33 pm

nightowl wrote:
Mon Jun 22, 2020 12:46 pm
Is there any official advice? I've probably used mine for about an hour maximum each week since the lockdown started. I know I've read that under the present circumstances it's understandable if people use them a few times but wondering how much is too much?
I've only used one of mine (ffp3) at an hour per week when I do the grocery shop. It gets a mist of pure alcohol inside and out after use and then sits in my car for 6 days. Inspected carefully each time and I test the seal by listening for the valve click.

I wouldn't want to rely on anything less than ffp2, but I'm not so paranoid as to wear biohazard suit and swim goggles.

No real evidence that my way is safe, but I'm satisfied that it suitably protects others and myself pretty well.
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Re: How many times can you use a disposable FFP3 mask?

Post by Yorkshire Andy » Mon Jun 22, 2020 4:12 pm

Generally good for an 8 hour shift

I've got 4 on the go in rotation in the boot by the time I get back to the first mask it's been over a week sat there
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Re: How many times can you use a disposable FFP3 mask?

Post by aldhelm » Tue Jun 23, 2020 7:22 pm

I usually usually wear mine for 3 3hour shifts. Then get rid, saying that my shifts are down to 2 a week now since one client died from it.

There's loads of work but the old ticker decides how much I can work.

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