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Frequently asked questions about explosion protection
Can FFP2 masks be worn in hazardous areas?
Only dissipative clothing can be worn in hazardous areas. FFP2 masks are made of insulating material, so it is important to consider whether dangerous charges could be present. When they are worn as intended, there is no risk of this happening.
Since the mask is in direct contact with your body when worn, it becomes damp. As a result, the surface resistance on the inside of the mask rapidly decreases. FFP2 masks can therefore be considered dissipative. This means that they can be worn in hazardous areas for materials in explosion groups IIA and IIB in Zones 1 and 2, provided that:
- The activities do not involve any processes that will generate a significant charge
- No metallic components are present on the surface of the FFP2 mask
Masks must be put on and removed outside the hazardous area.
Please also note that FFP2 masks do not protect you against gases or vapours, or in the event of a lack of oxygen.