The UK may not have enforced a minimum standard of face mask upon us, however many countries are beginning to do so. Quite some time ago we saw Bavaria make the wearing of FFP2 masks mandatory in shops and on public transport then followed by Austria (see our earlier post here). In a recent article by the Independent they reported that “the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is considering recommending that those who can should wear a higher standard of mask when in public – specifically the KN95 and N95 masks that have been in high demand for the last two years”. This conversation is growing as every effort is being made to reduce the spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19.
This week we have received several enquiries from customers asking us if we are aware of the minimum mask standards required by a variety of European destinations, other international destinations and also airlines. Due to the rapid pace of change in regulations, answering this question has become very difficult and we wouldn’t want to misinform any one of our customers.
Several customers have this week purchased our reusable FFP2 RD face mask as the destination they’re travelling to has a minimum requirement for FFP2 or KN95 with one customer telling us the airline insisted on a higher quality mask in preference to a face covering.
All of this is quite confusing especially for those travelling perhaps to the Winter Olympics in Beijing, a skiing holiday in Europe or another destination on business or pleasure. One thing is certain, it seems we must all check with our airline or travel agent to make sure we arrive at the airport equipped with a mask that not only satisfies the airline, but also meets the minimum standards required in the destination country.
Which face mask is best for air travel then?
It is our opinion that a certified mask such as an FFP2 mask offers better protection than a disposable face covering and must be a better choice. The FFP2 RD face masks we sell in our store grapheneppe.co.uk are different to most others in that they are classed as ‘reusable’ whilst still meeting the FFP2 RD standard. When used in combination with the hypochlorous disinfectant, a maximum of 10 cleaning cycles can be performed on the masks. They also have adjustable elastic behind the ears and an adjustable wire above the nose to improve the seal around the outer edge and maximise comfort. There are many single use FFP2 and KN95 masks on the market, however we think Versarien’s product has the advantage with multiple approvals and the FFP2 RD reusable classification offers environmental benefits with reduced disposal rates. We also think being available in a variety of colours adds that something to those of you that care how you look!
Standards and Approvals – Versarien’s Graphene Enhanced Protective Face Mask
This is not a face covering but a filtering face piece! The Versarien graphene enhanced protective face mask we sell meets the following standards:
- Graphene approved under REACH
- EN149:2001+A1:2009 | Product Performance PFE≥94% FFP2 R
- CE-marked in accordance with the requirements of European Directive EU 2016-425 | CE marking & notified body number 0598
- This mask has also been certified to meet the requirements of KN95 standard in accordance with GB2626-2019
Which face mask does your airline recommend?
If you’re travelling overseas, do check with your airline or travel agent before leaving home to make sure you have something good enough to make every step of your journey hassle free. Let’s not forget, wearing a good quality certified mask is not just ticking a box, it is providing you with enhanced protection as you jet off on that long awaited holiday!
Visit our online SHOP to view the range of FFP2 RD masks that we currently have in stock, and we’ll do our best to look after you!