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3M Health Care understands your need for high quality surgical masks and respirators that help reduce exposure of the patient and healthcare professional to potential infectious airborne particulate hazards.


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    3M™ Surgical Masks are Type II or Type IIR compliant.
  • The 3M range of surgical masks meets the European Standard requirements for Surgical Masks - EN 14683:2005 as Type II or Type IIR. Therefore when using any 3M surgical mask you can be sure of a high level of Bacterial Filtration Efficiency (BFE), excellent breathability and splash resistance (Type IIR.)

  • Personal Protective Equipment Directive 89/686
  • All 3M™ 1800 Series Respirators are certified under the Personal Protective Equipment Directive 89/686. In addition the unvalved respirators are certified under the Medical Devices Directive and are suitable for use as Type IIR surgical masks.

  • European Standard EN149
  • All 3M respirators are tested and approved to the relevant European Standard, EN149. The respirators are classified as FFP1, FFP2 and FFP3 depending upon their efficiency at filtering particulates and their maximum 'inward leakage'.


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What is the difference between a surgical mask and a respirator?

Surgical Masks protect the patient and surgical area from contamination. Masks prevent particles (droplets) being expelled into the environment by the wearer and protect patients in surgery from these particles being transferred to the operative site.

Respirators reduce the potential exposure of the wearer to
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The right choice of personal protective equipment (PPE) is critical. 3M™ health care respirators are CE marked to EC Directive 89/686 (and additionally comply with the Medical Devices Directive). They can help protect against airborne micro-organisms such as mycobacterium tuberculosis.

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With the changing nature of healthcare today, concern for you and the protection of your patients is paramount. 3M™ surgical masks are designed to capture micro-organisms in the exhaled breath of healthcare professionals in order to protect the patient against the risk of infection.


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