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Where to buy DS2 and DL2 masks in the UK
DS2 and DL2 masks conform to Japanese standards and are broadly considered equivalent to FFP2 masks.
What are DS2 and DL2 masks?
DS2 and DL2 are Japanese standards for dust masks. DS2 and DL2 masks are disposable and consist of a filter, facepiece and headband. They filter the air as you inhale and release exhaled air through an exhalation valve.
Both masks filter a minimum of 95% of particles. The difference between the masks is the method used to test their filtering efficiency.
|Example||Conforms to||Minimum filter efficiency requirement||Filter efficiency tested using||Maximum total inward leakage requirement||Maximum permitted inhalation resistance|
|DS2||JAPAN: JMHLWNotification 214, 2018||95%||Sodium chloride||N/A||0.7mbar at 40l/min (with valve)
0.5mbar at 40l/min (no valve)
|DL2||JAPAN: JMHLWNotification 214, 2018||95%||Liquid dioctyl phthalate||N/A||0.7mbar at 40l/min (with valve)
0.5mbar at 40l/min (no valve)
Can I get DS2 and DL2 masks in the UK?
While you can technically order DS2 and DL2 masks online from Japan, they’re not widely availably. It’s much easier to find the UK equivalent, FFP2 masks.
Is a DS2 or a DL2 mask the best for coronavirus prevention?
Both DS2 and DL2 masks are filtration masks which are not generally recommended for the general public. The current advice remains to leave filtered masks for healthcare professionals and for the general public to use homemade or cloth masks.
If you do want to purchase a filtration mask from within the UK, then FFP2 masks and N95 masks offer the same level of protection and filtration as DS2 and DL2 and are much more widely available in the UK.
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