Selecting the right face mask

At Mensura, we developed a useful guide on how to select the correct face mask for your work environment and activities. The summary table lists an at-a-glance overview of which masks are recommended and which masks should be avoided - because they offer insufficient protection during a certain activity, for example, or because they should remain available for sectors where they are of more use. Please note: take specific sector-related recommendations into account.

Select the correct face mask with our summary table.

Having your face masks tested

Have you purchased FFP2 or FFP3 masks without a CE marking and are you not sure whether they comply with the relevant standards? As an accredited laboratory, Mensura can test your masks according to the government's Alternative Test Protocol (ATP).

Do you have any questions about testing face masks? Contact us.

Safe use of face masks

To ensure that face masks provide the right level of protection, your employees have to know how to put them on and take them off. Mensura has developed a demo video for each type of mask.

Tip: this poster in clearly visible locations will remind your employees how to wear their face masks correctly.

Cleaning face masks

Surgical masks and FFP2/3 masks are intended for single use only, unless they are sterilised after use. In this case, follow the sterilisation procedure to the letter, as well as any specific recommendations from the manufacturer. Please note: surgical masks and FFP2/3 masks can be sterilised but not cleaned.

Important: place the masks in airtight boxes and make a clear distinction between the 'dirty' and 'clean' cycles. The sterilised items must be stored in conditions that guarantee sterility.

If you are using fabric face masks, make sure to launder them daily at a temperature of at least 60°C or submerse them into boiling water for 5 minutes.

Storing face masks correctly

Store your supply of masks in a clean place in sealed packaging. Surgical masks and FFP2/3 masks are intended for single use only, so please make sure you have plenty in stock.

Tip: to avoid stock problems, it is best to use multiple suppliers for each type of mask you use. 

Read more tips on storing face masks.

Vocal hygiene

When we talk with a mouth mask, we often think we can’t be understood and/or that we have no facial expressions. This causes us to compensate by talking louder and often higher. This is not healthy for our voices. Check out our information sheet on the subject.