Certified protection against Covid-19: Filters both ways up to 99.9% efficiency and destroys viruses and bacteria upon contact from the wearer or the environment.
The combination of two unique features: filtration for pathogens and the ability to kill them, makes the RespiPro® VK ideal PPE for authorities, frontline staff and the general public. Manufactured in Europe, the RespiPro VK holds specific European certification for protection against Covid-19.
The reusable RespiPro VK can dramatically reduce turnover of masks, which also lowers costs and the environmental impact of daily mask use.
Thanks to a patented accelerated copper oxide technology that deactivates viruses and bacteria, the VK can be used repeatedly over a 30 hour period provided it still fits perfectly and shows no signs of wear. The usage time of 30 hours can be split over multiple uses: you could wear the mask for 6 hours a day Mon-Fri without the risk of viral cross contamination in the filter. Diligent mask handling is still required at all times. Independent lab testing has proven that no copper particles are released during mask use - it's not a coating, but rather integrated into the mask material itself.
Most FFP2/FFP3 masks (those considered effective at protecting the wearer from viral transmission) can lose up to 60% filtration ability after 30mins use due to increasing humidity from the wearers breath. The nanofibre filter in RESPILON respirators is not effected by this.
Available in two adult sizes: medium and large. Medium will best fit adults with smaller features, large will best fit average and large sized adults.
The mask offers full protection using only the ear loops where the fit is good. An optional clip is provided which can secure the ear loops around the back of the head as full straps if needed, ensuring a secure face-fit for all.
Certification: EU Type-Examination Certificate No.: 0200-PPE-08903 version 3 (COVID-19). EC Declaration of Conformity. Viral Filtration Test Report - Nelson Labs (VFE). EN ISO 10993 skin irritability and hypersensitivity - The National Institute of Public Health. C&D PIP Code: 4166021.
Thanks to self-sterilising layers on the inside and outside, the RespiPro VK respirator can be carefully taken off and reused repeatedly as needed. No additional care of the mask is required - the RespiPro VK is not washable.
The recommended cumulative time for the repeated wearing of a single VK respirator is around 30 hours. But this highly depends on whether the respirator still fits perfectly and shows no signs of wear.
The RespiPro VK works on a double-barrier principle. Its reliable protection filter consists of nanofibres (a thousand times thinner than a human hair) which mechanically block up to 99.9% of viruses. The inner and outer layer feature an accelerated copper oxide which then deactivate any viruses intercepted by the nanofibre membrane, whether they come from the user’s surroundings or from the mask wearer if he or she is infected. This is how the VK respirator performs its self-sterilisation.
A nanofiber respirator works on the mechanical principle of particle interception. In contrast to a common N95 or FFP respirator which works on the electrostatic principle, the filtration efficiency of a nanofiber respirator does not decrease after 30mins wear due to increased humidity from human breath.
We’ve received questions about other antiviral mask technologies that are increasingly popping up in the UK. We can't give out advice, but here are a couple of pointers that you may find useful:
- Apart from the RespiPro VK, we are not aware of any other comparable mask that is certified against Covid-19 or one that offers comparable filtration and virus deactivation technology combined together. The accelerated copper oxide used in the VK is patented and cannot be used elsewhere.
- There are a number of consumer fabric masks making great claims about filtration or antiviral protection. If no certification is present or the small print states that the product "is not to be used where PPE is required" (or similar), then this can be a red flag regarding any protective claims that are made.
- The bottom line is, do as much research as possible before choosing a solution. If you are in doubt about the safety or efficacy of a product, you can contact the BSiF who are the standards body for PPE in the UK.
Finally, it’s important to understand that nothing guarantees protection, and that following hygiene and distancing procedures are an important part of lowering risk.