FFP1, FFP2, FFP3: Particle filtering half masks (filtering facepieces)

Reliable protection against harmful particles and aerosols: the X-plore series FFP dust masks are designed for single use and are suitable for a wide range of application areas, such as painting, woodworking, and in agriculture and industry. The dust protection masks come in two different versions: the folded X-plore 1700 dust mask series and the X-plore 1900 series with a three-part folded design. All single-use dust protection masks (FFP masks) are available in three EN protection classes: FFP1, FFP2 and FFP3. They can also be ordered with a special exhalation valve for reduced breathing resistance.

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Dust Masks

  • Key Facts
  • Product type
  • Application
  • Protection against
  • Form of mask body
  • Protection classes EN 149
  • Colour coding of protection classes EN 149
  • Reusability
  • Sizes EN
  • Features
  • Drop-down option
  • Exhalation valve
  • Odour-stop version EN
  • Adjustable length of straps
  • Materials
  • Mask body
  • Head straps
  • Approvals
  • EN 149:2001
  • AS/NZS 1716:2012
  • Dolomite dust test (marking D)
  • Disposable dust mask

  • Working in dusty environments and personal protection against droplets and aerosols

  • Fine dusts, solid and liquid particles

  • Flat-folded (for space-saving storage and easy transport)

  • FFP1, FFP2, FFP3

  • FFP1: dark blue; FFP2: light blue; FFP3: white

  • (max. one work shift)

  • Universal size (all protection classes)

  • Optionally available for all protection classes

  • Optionally available for FFP2

  • Non-woven fabric (CoolSAFE)

  • Continuous-looped tear-proof textile strap

  • Disposable dust mask

  • Working in dusty environments and personal protection against droplets and aerosols

  • Fine dusts, solid and liquid particles

  • Three-part folding design (for increased breathing space )

  • FFP1, FFP2, FFP3

  • FFP1: yellow; FFP2: orange; FFP3: red

  • (max. one work shift)

  • S and M/L (all protection classes)

  • Optionally available for all protection classes

  • Non-woven fabric (CoolSAFE)

  • Continuous-looped tear-proof textile strap (latex free)

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Protection classes rate FFP mask efficiency

Particle filtering respiratory protection (filtering facepieces) is categorised by its protective factor. The protection level – FFP1, FFP2 or FFP3 – indicates how high the concentration of harmful substances (contaminants) can be without posing a health risk to the user. The higher the contaminant concentration, the higher the FFP protection class needs to be. Learn more about the differences between FFP1, FFP2 and FFP3 here.


When the contaminant concentration reaches four times the occupational exposure limit (OEL), FFP1 masks must be worn. FFP1 masks can filter up to 80 percent of all contaminants that are fundamentally non-toxic and are water or oil-based.
These masks protect against non-toxic dust particles, for example, such as those from pulp, cement, plaster, chalk or pollen.

Reliable protection for:
cleaning (house dust), agriculture (hay, grain, flour and much more);
sanding, planing, cutting and drilling into concrete, masonry, iron, rust;
cleaning tasks that produce dust


FFP2 masks can be used in environments where the contaminant concentration reaches up to ten times the occupational exposure limit. They filter up to 94 percent of toxic water and oil-based contaminants. Masks with this rating also offer protection against toxic dust particles, such as those from calcium oxide, concrete, granite or zinc oxide fumes.

Reliable protection for:
sanding, cutting and drilling into cement,
wood, steel, paint, lacquers, rust and plastic;
welding construction steel and zinc;
handling mould and bacteria in risk group 2


With FFP3 masks, the contaminant concentration must not exceed thirty times the occupational exposure limit. FFP3 masks filter up to 99 percent of all water and oil-based contaminants, which are harmful to health, carcinogenic or radioactive. They protect against toxic dust, for example, from chrome, cobalt, nickel or mould spores.

Reliable protection for:
sanding, cutting and drilling into high-alloy steel;
welding stainless steel or thorium electrodes;
working with asbestos, diesel exhaust particulates/fumes;
handling viruses and bacteria in risk group 3

What are the differences between FFP2, N95 and KN95?

FFP2, KN95 and N95 are descriptions of protection classes for particle filtering half masks that have been approved in different countries. In comparison, the contents of the approvals show similarities as well as differences. In the case of N95 and KN95 masks, only the material is tested for possible leakages. In addition to this test, for FFP2 masks, tests are also carried out on a test subject.





EN 149

42 CFR Part 84


Geographic scope




Particle filtration performance

≥ 94 %

≥ 95 %

≥ 95 %

Test Aerosol

Sodium chloride and liquid paraffin

Sodium chloride

Sodium chloride

Volume flow

95 L/min

85 L/min

85 L/min

Inward leakage

≤ 8 %


≤ 8 %

Measurement of leakage

Total Inward Leakage (TIL) (also includes among others the fit of the mask on real-life test subjects)

Material leakage only

Material leakage only

Inhalation resistance

ab 30 L/min: ≤ 70 Pa

ab 95 L/min: ≤ 240 Pa

≤ 343 Pa

≤ 350 Pa

Exhalation resistance

≤ 300 Pa

≤ 245 Pa

≤ 250 Pa

Differentiating between filter types: particle, gas and combination filters

Differentiating between filter types

Filters are classified according to their capacity (gas filters) or their efficiency (particle filters). The particle filter class indicates how efficiently particles are filtered from the ambient air. Our table provides an overview of the most important characteristics used to differentiate between filters.

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The benefits of Dräger X-plore® series 1700 and 1900

There is more than one good reason to choose FFP masks from Dräger:

Certified: all Dräger FFP masks are certified under European standard EN 149:2001.

User-friendly: the mask goes on in just a few moves, so even inexperienced users have no problems donning it.

Ready to use: the continuous loop harness holds the mask in place close to the skin and allows it to be put on quickly in just a few steps.

Easy to remember: the continuous loop harness keeps the mask close even during work breaks.

Safe: Dräger breathing masks with CoolSAFE™ high-performance filter material protect your health.

Dräger X-plore® 1700 FFP mask series

Folded form and hygienic individual packaging

All Dräger X-plore 1700 masks can be folded flat, saving space and making them easier to transport. Each mask is individually packed in a plastic bag, ensuring it stays clean and hygienic.

Inside cloth of the FFP X-plore® 1700 series

Comfortable to wear

The inside cloth is soft and hypo-allergenic, and repels moisture thanks to its hydrophobic properties. This ensures that the mask is comfortable to wear even over longer periods of time.

Secure seal the FFP X-plore® 1700 series

Secure seal

Alongside the material’s filter performance, a secure seal without leakage is decisive in how effective the mask’s protection really is. The special form and soft material of the Dräger X-plore 1700 ensures that it fits well to the face. In addition, the nose pad inside and nose clip outside are effective in holding the mask in place in the critical areas around the nose. The half mask fits, sits and seals securely.

VarioFLEX™ head harness of the FFP X-plore® 1700 series

VarioFLEX™ head harness

Easy to put on and remove, and pressure-free fit for high comfort. The continuous loop head harness consists of a stable, elastic textile strap, making it soft and effectively holding it in place. It is tear-proof and can be adjusted to fit various head sizes. It can be put on and removed quickly and easily, without catching any hair.

Dräger X-plore® 1700 correct fit video

The Dräger X-plore® 1700 mask has been developed in cooperation with users for the specific requirements in the areas of industry, skilled trades and services. The Dräger X-plore® 1700 provides optimal protection when it is fitted correctly. Our short video shows how to adjust the particle filtering half mask for the correct fit, so you can benefit from more safety in every task you do.

Optimal fit of the FFP in two sizes

Optimal fit

The dust mask is available in two sizes (S and M/L). This makes it suitable for many different shapes and sizes of face, so each wearer can choose the right size for an optimal fit. The three-part folding design offers high flexibility in terms of fit, so the mask easily adjusts to the wearer’s face. It also ensures that the mask stays firmly in position. Even when the wearer speaks, the mask does not shift.

Exceptional comfort thanks to CoolMAX exhalation valve

Exceptional comfort

Thanks to the latest high-performance filtering materials, the particle filtering half mask allows the wearer to breathe with virtually no resistance. The optional models fitted with a CoolMAX exhalation valve reduce breathing resistance even further while also helping prevent the accumulation of warmth and moisture inside the mask. This provides relief for the user, especially during strenuous physical activities, and makes breathing even more comfortable.

Ease of use thanks to markings on the FFP mask

Ease of use

The flexible, continuous loop VarioFLEX head harness makes it easy to put on the Dräger X-plore 1900. Simply unfold the mask, place it on your face, position the straps and press on the nose clip, following the visible marking. The stable shape of the mask also makes it easy to put on and comfortable to wear. It fits securely and seals tightly without any pressure.

The CoolSAFE filter material of the FFP delivers high filtration efficiency

High filtration efficiency for increased safety

The CoolSAFE filter material offers effective protection against fine dust as well as solid and liquid particles. It combines high filtration efficiency with low breathing resistance, allowing the user to work easily and without tiring for long periods of time. The mask is particularly suitable for working safely in environments with high levels of dust exposure.

Dräger X-plore® 1900 correct fit video

The Dräger X-plore® 1900 mask has been developed in cooperation with users for the specific requirements in the areas of industry, skilled trades and services. The Dräger X-plore® 1900 provides optimal protection when it is fitted correctly. Our short video shows how to adjust the powerful particle filtering single-use dust mask for the correct fit, so you can benefit from more safety in every task you do.

FFP questions and answers

Is it possible to process (single-use) FFP masks for reuse?

Unfortunately it is not possible to process the FFP masks from Dräger for reuse.

All FFP masks contain electrostatic filter materials. The charge of these materials is destroyed by heat, radioactive radiation, UV radiation and the like, causing the mask to lose most of its filtration properties. Disinfectants like isopropyl, ethanol and other cleaning agents also destroy the charge of the filter material.

Since all of the aforementioned approaches permanently damage the filter material, Dräger is not working on developing a reprocessing method. In this respect, observe the information provided in the instructions for use for the product in question.

Can I use FFP masks even if the shelf life expiry date has passed?

As the manufacturer, Dräger advises against using its FFP masks and respiratory filters if they are expired. It is impossible to make any statements across the board as to how effective they actually still are. For example, an expired FFP3 mask may no longer provide the effective protection required by an FFP3 rating. The reason for this is that electrostatic properties of the filter material degrades as the years progress. Only testing in an approved lab with the appropriate equipment can deliver information based on the EN 149 standard, which can then be checked and measured against the current performance of the mask.

How long can I use my FFP?

One FFP is good to wear for no more than eight hours, i.e. one shift. If there is an infective agent like a virus in the environment, the FFP must be disposed of as soon as it is taken off. This information is also provided in the instructions for use for the product. Also note the stipulations of DGUV Rule 112-190 of the German Social Accident Insurance. One of the reasons for this is the way the mask is put on and removed. When putting it on again, it is impossible to ensure that the potentially contaminated exterior of the mask has not come into contact with the interior of the mask or even directly with the face of the user. Moreover, it is not clear in this process what has happened to the mask in the meantime: after being removed the first time, where and how was it kept? Did any other person potentially come into contact with the mask?

Does a surgical face mask offer the same protection as a breathing mask?

A surgical mask is designed to prevent liquid aerosols from coming into contact with the nose and mouth of the wearer, and to protect others from droplets breathed out by the wearer. A respiratory protection mask (breathing mask) protects the wearer from breathing in fine particles and droplets in the air.

It may be beneficial for a layperson to wear a surgical mask in order to protect others, if the wearer is at risk of spreading infectious agents.

Which respiratory protection masks protect against the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19)?

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) recommends using FFP2 or FFP3 masks as personal protective equipment when treating and caring for patients infected with the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19).

The rules and regulations of the German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV) advise wearing FFP3 respiratory protection when working with airborne biological agents in risk group 3, based on normal workplace situations.

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