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From Italy GVS Elipse P3 RD, protective mask!

Old 05-05-2023, 05:23 AM
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Default From Italy GVS Elipse P3 RD, protective mask!

Better late than never! After years of using surgical masks or FP2, I decided to buy a professional product for individual protection from dust, glass or carbon fibers and to avoid harmful fumes in the event of painting or the use of resins in perhaps insufficiently ventilated environments. You know, even in our hobby of model makers (especially those who love to build models from scratch) we often find ourselves having to deal with materials and processes that are potentially harmful to health.
I bought a professional mask from GVS, a Bolognese company that I've read has over 40 years of history and that from a supplier of components for the healthcare sector has become a global group that supplies a series of highly technological filtration solutions. And since as you know by now I like to share my experiences with you readers, here I am writing a "mini review" of this product.
The mask I bought (there are several models on the market) is an "Elipse P3 RD", medium range, with interchangeable filters. As soon as I put it on, I was able to appreciate its compact and light shape, good wearability, it does not obstruct the view and, more importantly, it does not bother any protective glasses or noise canceling headphones. Thanks to the adjustable non-slip sealing band, it is possible to find the best comfort in its use (the mask can be purchased in different sizes).
The first time I put it, I have to tell the truth, it had a certain effect on me as I was not used to wearing professional respirators for my hobby (and more...) but I must admit that after 5 minutes the "strange" sensation it disappeared and I was able to appreciate the ease of breathing that is not hindered by the filter media, the lightness and, most importantly, the fact that you feel protected.
Reading on the GVS website I had read the company certifies this mask to be effective against dusts and fumes containing substances such as microorganisms, marble, plaster, titanium oxides, steatite, rock wool, wood, detergents, textile fibers, spices, etc. And, what interests us all, also from dusts that can cause lung diseases. In particular against dusts of coal, silica, cotton, iron ore, graphite, kaolin, zinc, aluminium, asbestos, bauxite, coal, silica, iron and against toxic dusts such as manganese, lead and chromium. There's nothing to say!
For fans of numbers, here are two interesting facts: the interchangeable pleated P3 filters have a minimum efficiency of 99.95%, porosity of 0.3 microns and a mechanical resistance of 4.2 mbar at a flow of 47.5 l/min for each virgin filter. For certifications, the mask body is certified EN140: 1998. The filters P3 RD EN143: 2000 + A1: 2006. CE 2797. The materials are hypoallergenic TPE (thermoelastomer) compliant with ISO 10993-10:2010 for irritations. Latex-free, silicone-free and odourless.
There is very little left to say: I consider my purchase more than satisfactory and I think that from now on I won't be able to do without it. If anyone is interested, just do some research on the web to find the dealer who can satisfy your requests.
Until next time!

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