Masks for industry


FFP masks are worn in various industries to protect against substances in the air that are hazardous to health.


Among the substances that FFP masks protect against are pathogens such as bacteria or viruses, which is why they are also worn in the healthcare sector. The most commonly-used FFP masks are particle filtering FFP masks, which are available in protection classes FFP 1, FFP 2 and FFP 3. A higher protection class means that the mask filters harmful substances from the air more effectively and has a lower total leakage, which is the sum of all leakage points of the mask. In specific terms, this means that the FFP 3 mask filters at least 99% of the particles in the air up to a size of 0.6 μm and has a total leakage of max. 5%, whereas the FFP 1 mask in comparison only filters 80% of the particles of the same size and may have a total leakage of max. 25%. Accordingly, FFP masks of a higher protection class can be used in an environment with substances that are more harmful to health and a higher concentration of harmful substances. FFP masks without a valve filter both the inhaled and exhaled air and therefore offer protection for the wearer and those around them.


What other types of masks are there besides the "FFP masks“ ?

Mark your mask

As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, wearing a mask in the workplace is one of the new safety rules that many companies have implemented to protect their employees and prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus at work. Even those who previously had no direct contact with substances that are harmful to health must now wear a face mask. It depends on the company whether it has to be a cloth face mask, mouth and nose protection or an FFP mask.

为了避免混合并确保每个人只穿着自己的面具,能够区分面具。对于卫生原因,也必须观察到,因为不可能的消毒(见德国社会意外保险(DGUV)第112-190条规定的3.2.8.1)。与之Edding 8040洗衣标记例如,佩戴者的初始初始可以写在掩码上以确保额外的安全性。


  1. on the retaining strap
  2. on the plastic valve (if present)
  3. on a small piece of plaster (e.g. Leukosilk) with an abbreviated name which is then stuck on the outside of the mask
  4. 直接在面具体上(如果可能的话,根据制造商的说明)

It is recommended to mark everyday masks, reusable FFP masks (marked “R”) and non-reusable FFP masks (marked “NR”, but they still have to be put on and taken off several times within one shift). The front and back of everyday masks are often indistinguishable, so marking one side may prevent the previously worn and potentially contaminated side from being put on the mouth later.

The Robert Koch Institute also recommends labelling so that used masks can be clearly assigned to one person to prevent them being worn by other people. So a small mark with the edding 8040 laundry marker can make a considerable difference to safety in the workplace.


Edding 8040洗衣标记


Edding 4500纺织标记

Almost all light-coloured textiles can be decorated in 20 different colours using the edding 4500. The water-based pigment ink is odourless, quick-drying and extremely lightfast. After fixing with an iron (without steam), the ink is washable up to 60°C and the mask should be washed at this temperature before the first usage.