General information on respiratory protection

Regulations and Standards
In accordance with the Regulations of the Professional Association (VBG) 1 § 4 (2), the company must provide respiratory protection if the insured parties may be exposed to harmful, in particular, toxic, corrosive or irritant gases, vapours, mists or dust. Previously, however, the company had to take technical measures to minimise the additional use of respiratory protection and other PPE (personal protective equipment).

There are further regulations regarding the requirements, selection and use of respiratory devices contained in the European Directive 89/656/EEC, which was implemented into national law in January 1997. Personal protective equipment (PPE) is classified into 3 categories. The area of respiratory protection is assigned to the 3rd category (complex protective equipment) which is intended to protective against fatal hazards or serious, irreversible damage to health.

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If activities release dust, gases or vapours and no effective suction system is available for these hazardous substances, respiratory protection must be worn.

P1 or FFP1 protection level particulate filter:
for non-toxic or harmful fine dust up 4 times the permitted limited (general limit).

P2 or FFP2 protection level particulate filter:
Use for processing soft wood such as for example spruce and pine, fibres from mineral wool as well as fumes. Up to 10 times the permitted limit.

P3 or FFP3 protection level particulate filter:
The more toxic or carcinogenic a substance is, the lower its limit is. In order to avoid exceeding the limit, filters with this protection level must be used, up to 30 times the limit value.

Active carbon filter:
In order to filter very harmful gases and vapours from the breathing air, respiratory protective masks with active carbon filters are required.

Combination filter with gas and P2 particulate filter:
to be used when solvents, gases, vapours and fine dust/particles are present at the same time (e.g. paint spraying, adhesive sprays).

The storage times for factory-sealed and correctly stored gas and combination filters are, in agreement with the professional association of the chemicals industry:

• Filter with code letter A: 5 years
• Filter with code letter B, CO: 4 years
• Multi-area ABEK filter: 4 years
• all other filters: 3 years

The expiry date may be found on the individual filters. Opened gas and combination filters must be replaced at the latest 6 months after they have been opened, provided they have not already been worn out before then. The storage time of particulate filters is approx. 4 years.

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