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  • Hypoclean non-valved mask helps to breathe easier when working for prolonged periods.

  • Unique 3-panel design fits a wide range of face shapes and sizes, accommodates facial movements, and makes the mask easy to talk through.

  • An embossed top panel to reduce the fogging of eyewear.

  • Concealed adjustable nose-clip that is metal detectable.

  • Low breathing resistance filter technology for easier breathing.

  • Supplied in hygienic packaging to help protect the mask from contamination before use.

  • Reduces heat build-up to offer  comfortable protection, even in hot and humid conditions

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Mask vs Respirator

Before we go any further, let’s just clarify a technical difference between a “mask” and a “respirator”. In day to day language, we often say mask, when referring to what is technically called a respirator.





Uses for Masks:

  • Masks are loose-fitting, covering the nose and mouth

  • Designed for one-way protection, to capture bodily fluid leaving the wearer

  • Example – worn during surgery to prevent coughing, sneezing, etc on the vulnerable patient

  • Contrary to belief, masks are NOT designed to protect the wearer

  • The vast majority of masks do not have a safety rating assigned to them 


Uses for Respirators:

  • Respirators are tight-fitting masks, designed to create a facial seal

  • Non-valved respirators provide good two-way protection, by filtering both inflow and outflow of air

  • These are designed to protect the wearer (when worn properly), up to the safety rating of the mask

  • Available as the disposable, half face or full face

Valved respirators make it easier to exhale air. This makes them more comfortable to wear and leads to less moisture build-up inside the respirator. 

The problem with valved respirators is that they do not filter the wearer’s exhalation, only the inhale. This one-way protection puts others around the wearer at risk, in a situation like Covid-19. It’s for this reason that hospitals and other medical practices do not use valved respirators.

N95/N100 is the gold standards as far as face protection goes, what about surgical masks, do they provide any protection?

Strictly speaking, surgical masks are primarily designed to protect vulnerable patients from medical professionals. Stopping the wearer (e.g. surgeon) from spreading their germs when coughing/sneezing/speaking. So they’re designed to protect patients, not to protect the wearer.

An obvious flaw with surgical masks compared to respirators is their lack of a tight face fit, which leaves gaps around the edges.


In a lab setting, with artificial conditions,surgical masks are able to block 60% of particles down to 0.007 microns. Compared to the respirator in this study which blocked 95% (FFP2 rated). This generally aligns with our discussion above.

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