Where to buy DS2 and DL2 masks in Australia
DS2 and DL2 masks are the Japanese equivalent to P2 masks.
Updated . What changed?
The World Health Organisation has recently changed its advice on whether or not people should wear masks. The advice now is that masks should be worn in public where social distancing is not possible to help stop the spread of coronavirus.
Under Victorian regulations, it's mandatory for everyone to wear masks or face coverings while out in public. Non-compliance can result in a fine of $200. In NSW, face masks are now encouraged indoors, but not mandatory. More details in Finder's complete guide to face mask rules in Australia.
There are several types of masks available in Australia.
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 over 95.0% of particles. The only difference between the masks is the method used to test their filtering efficiency.
- Tested using solid salt (sodium chloride)
- Filters more than 95.0% of airborne particle
- Tested using liquid dioctyl phthalate
- Filters more than 95.0% of airborne particles
Can I get DS2 and DL2 masks in Australia?
While you can technically order DS2 and DL2 masks online from Japan, they're not widely availably. It's much easier to find the Australian equivalent, P2 masks.
P2 masks offer the same level of protection and filtration and are much more widely used in Australia.
ThePharmacy sells P2 masks along with beauty products, pharmaceuticals and personal care items.
Get home improvement equipment and personal protective devices all in one place at Bunnings.
Officeworks offers a range of P2-rated masks.
Where to bulk buy P2 masks online in Australia?
Amazon is your shopping destination for P2 masks. It's filled with a bunch of sellers, so you'll have a good chance at bulk buying whatever you need.
- Sign up to Amazon Prime and get free shipping and returns.
- See customer ratings before you make your purchase.
Browse through the wide variety of P2 masks at Officeworks. Take your pick from bulk buy packs of 2, 5 or 10.
- Free metro delivery on orders over $55.
- Free two-hour click and collect available.
- If you find a lower-priced identical stocked item that's in stock with a competitor (even if it's on sale), Officeworks will beat it by 5%.
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What's the difference between a P2, FFP2, KN95 and N95 face mask?
When it comes to choosing a face mask, it can be difficult to determine the difference between types. According to respirator company 3M, P2, FFP2, KN95 and N95 masks are all very similar, though they do vary slightly in performance.
You can check out the differences below:
What's the difference between a P2, FFP2, KN95 and N95 face mask?Depending on your location, different face mask types are more widely used. For example, in the United States and Canada, N95 are common; in Australia and New Zealand you'll see P2 masks more often; in China, KN95 is the standard. Mask manufacturer 3M, which specialises in filtering facepiece respirators (FFR) masks, offers the following explanation of the main differences between each mask type.
|Filter performance||≥ 95%||≥ 95%||≥ 95%||≥ 94%||≥ 94%||≥ 95%|
|Test agent||NaCl||NaCl and paraffin oil||NaCl||NaCl||NaCl and paraffin oil||NaCl|
|Flow rate||85 L/min||95 L/min||85 L/min||95 L/min||95 L/min||85 L/min|
|Total inward leakage (TIL)||N/A||≤ 8% leakage||≤ 8% leakage||≤ 8% leakage||≤ 8% leakage||Inward Leakage measured and included in User Instructions|
|Inhalation resistance||≤ 343 Pa||≤ 70 Pa (at 30L/min)≤ 240 Pa (at 95 L/min)≤ 500 Pa (clogging)||≤ 350 Pa||≤ 70 Pa (at 30L/min)≤ 240 Pa (at 95L/min)||≤ 70 Pa (at 30L/min)≤ 240 Pa (at 95L/min)||≤ 70 Pa (w/valve)≤ 50 Pa (no valve)|
|Flow rate||85L/min||Varied – seeabove||85L/min||Varied – seeabove||Varied – seeabove||40L/min|
|Exhalation resistance||≤ 245 Pa||≤ 300 Pa||≤ 250 Pa||≤ 120 Pa||≤ 300 Pa||≤ 70 Pa (w/valve) ≤ 50 Pa (no valve)|
|Exhalation valve leakage requirement||Leak rate ≤ 30mL/min||N/A||Depressurization to 0 Pa ≥ 20 sec||Leak rate ≤ 30mL/min||Visual inspection after 300L /min for 30 sec||Depressurization to 0 Pa ≥ 15sec|
|Force applied||-245 Pa||N/A||-1180 Pa||-250 Pa||N/A||-1,470 Pa|
|CO2 clearance requirement||N/A||≤ 1%||≤ 1%||≤ 1%||≤ 1%||≤ 1%|
Each mask is also subject to various regulatory standards around the world which means that, depending on where you live, one particular type of mask will be the most common. In Australia and New Zealand, for instance, the P2 mask is the most common, while in China it is the KN95 mask.
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