Here you will find information about the Livinguard masks and gloves.
The mask can be worn for up to 6 hours in a row (depending on the situation). This is how to use your Livinguard mask correctly:
- The mask should fit tightly over the mouth and nose. Exhale forcefully to make sure there aren't any gaps between the mask and your face. If air comes out at the top of your mask (around the nose), adjust earstraps and nose clip.
- Readjust mask if it moves out of place.
- If the mask is wet or frozen, or if breathing suddenly becomes difficult with the mask on, avoid any busy spaces and immediately remove the mask.
- Facial hair and other conditions that may prevent a snug fit can significantly reduce the level of protection provided by the mask.
- Prolonged use under certain conditions, such as cold weather, may result in the build-up of excessive moisture. A very high level of moisture can affect the mask's air permeability and shorten its maximum period of use.
SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus, is primarily transmitted through the air emitted by infected people when they sneeze, cough or talk. Face masks can protect from airborne transmission by filtering viruses from the air. Current infection control guidelines distinguish between protection from "droplets" and protection from "airborne aerosols". There is now a wide range of different types of masks available for private and professional use, which can sometimes be very confusing. Which mask should be selected to protect against the coronavirus, for what purpose are the different mask types intended and what are the legal requirements?
Orientation is provided here by both the PPE Regulation (EU) 2016/425 as well as the Medical Devices Regulation (EU) 2017/745.which set out essential health, safety and performance requirements for the products they cover. Below we provide an overview of the different mask types used in the containment of coronavirus.
FFP2 / N95 / KN95
In Europe, masks according to the FFP (Filtering Facepiece Respirator) specification are referred to as "particle-filtering half masks". They are designed as disposable masks for occupational safety, meet the requirements of the European PPE Regulation and are certified as respirators according to EN 149:2001. The filter type of an FFP mask determines the level of protection it provides. FFP2 respirators, for example, provide at least 94% aerosol filtration. Another important feature of FFP2 respirators is that they fit snugly against the face and, when used properly, protect the wearer and others, by filtering inhaled and exhaled air. FFP2 masks are not intended for reuse and should be worn for a maximum of 75 minutes without interruption and for no more than 6 hours per day, according to the DGUV (German Social Accident Insurance). Respirators certified according to the American N95 standard or the Chinese KN95 standard meet similar standards to European FFP2 masks, but are not identical. In order for N95 or KN95 masks to be officially considered equivalent in effectiveness to FFP2 masks, they must have a CE mark. This indicates that the masks comply with European Union standards.
Medical face mask
Known as ""surgical masks" or "surgical disposable masks", medical face masks are a medical device and generally comply with the European regulation EN14683:2019. According to the BfArM (Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices) guidelines, they are primarily intended to protect others from the transmission of droplets. According to official standards, medical face masks must provide a filtering efficiency of at least 95% and are divided into 3 types according to their filtration level (Type I, Type II and Type IIR). However, medical masks are usually not designed to fit tightly around the mouth and nose. As a result, they cannot perform their full filtering capacity. In addition to the risk of aerosol and droplet transmission for the wearer and aerosols for others around the wearer, the medical face mask as a whole carries a risk of cross-contamination from viruses adhering to the surface of the mask. A study by Chin et al. showed that SARS-CoV-2 can still be found on the outer layer of disposable surgical masks at room temperature after 7 days. In addition, the masks are not designed to be worn continuously and should be replaced every 8 hours.
Livinguard PRO Mask without valve
The Livinguard PRO Mask without a valve is classified as a medical type I mask and is certified according to the European standard EN 14683:2019. Just as required from FFP2 masks, the Livinguard PRO Mask without a valve filters 95% of droplets and aerosols when used correctly. It adapts to your face structure, ensuring a high filtering level.
Thanks to its self-disinfecting properties, the Livinguard PRO Mask without a valve can be reused up to 210 times. Tests conducted by the Free University of Berlin and RWTH Aachen have shown that the Livinguard fabric continuously inactivates 99.9% of SARS-CoV-2 and other pathogens. This means it can protect against infection through contact (cross-contamination).
Prof. Dr. Gerhard Hücker, expert in the field of technical hygiene at the German Central Office of the Federal States for the Health Protection of Medicinal Products and Medical Devices (ZLG) says: "The Livinguard PRO Mask without a valve has all the qualities of an FFP2 mask and also demonstrably protects against coronavirus cross-contamination. This applies to both known variants and virus mutations.
In addition, the Livinguard PRO Mask without a valve is reusable up to 210 times and only needs to be rinsed with cold water once a week. It therefore directly contributes to reducing the enormous amounts of waste created by disposable masks.
Thus, the Livinguard PRO Mask without valve directly contributes to the containment of the corona pandemic and is a sustainable and cost-effective alternative to FFP2 masks, common surgical masks and other standard fabric masks.
These simple face masks are intended for non-medical hygiene. While these non-certified masks provide a barrier to droplets expelled from the nose and mouth, they do not provide significant protection against aerosols. Wearing fabric masks also poses a significant risk of cross-contamination. Damp fabric is a breeding ground for bacteria and viruses. Face masks such as the Livinguard Face Mask Pro without Valve, which continuously inactivates viruses and bacteria with its antimicrobial property, therefore appear critical to reducing the risk of cross-contamination.
On 19/01/2021, the federal and state governments decided to make medical face masks mandatory in public transport and in shops. Since the Livinguard Pro Mask without a valve is classified as a Type I Medical Face Mask and is also certified according to EN 14683:2019, the mask may continue to be worn in public spaces. It is a more sustainable and more affordable option than FFP2 masks, because it can be reused 210 times. Plus, its antimicrobial technology destroys bacteria and viruses.
The Livinguard Pro Mask offers the highest level of protection and consists of 3 layers. The three layers are indicated on the plastic packaging or on the label sewn inside the mask:
- Outer 100% Cotton
- Middle Polypropylene
- Inner 100% Cotton
The Street mask consists of 2 layers of cotton treated with the patented Livinguard technology: it allows easier breathing than the Pro Mask, but its filtration level is lower.
1. PHMB is a polymer. The name PHMB represents several molecules. There is no harmonized classification for PHMB by ECHA.
2. PHMB used by Livinguard does not have a carcinogenicity classification. It is not classified as Carc.2, H351.
3. The level of PHMB on the face mask is less than 0.1%. According to GHS, it does not need to be listed in the MSDS.
4. PHMB is approved by ECHA for PT2, which includes use "in textiles, fabrics, masks, paints and other articles or materials for the purpose of manufacturing treated articles with disinfectant properties."
5. It has been shown that PHMB does not dissolve from the fabric when breathing through the Livinguard mask, thus there is no risk of inhalation of the susbtance.
We recommend children between 7-10 years old to wear size S. Generally, for children from 10 and for women we recommend size M and for men we recommend size L. Please note, however, that each face and head shape is different. If you are unsure about what size to choose, we recommend ordering size L, as it can be adjusted with the ear straps.
Face masks are highly sensitive hygiene products. They can therefore not be returned or changed once the packaging has been opened.
Dimensions of the Livinguard Pro Mask :
Size S: 13 x 16 x 0.5 cm
Size M: 14 x 17 x 0,5 cm
Size L: 15 x 18 x 0,5 cm
Size XL: 16 x 21 x 0,5 cm
You can also use the following infographic to choose your size:
If used every day, it only has to be washed by hand once a week (approx. 2 minutes, max. 30 degrees) to remove dirt and sweat. Then leave to dry out of direct sunlight. Do not wring or pull the mask. Do not use bleach or detergents. Do not put in washing machine, oven, microwave or dryer. Do not dry clean. Reusable for up to 30 washes. The mask (and gloves) remain germ and virus free thanks to their antimicrobial coating, so there is no need to heat the mask. This would only damage the filter.
The Livinguard Pro Mask and Livinguard gloves are treated with a unique antiviral coating that deactivates viruses and bacteria. They only have to be washed if they have visible stains. If you use the mask daily and extensively, we recommend washing it once a week with cold water (Please refer to question: “How should I wash my mask or gloves?”)
Our products are dermatologically tested and so far there are no known allergies to the materials in our product.
The Livinguard Pro Mask is CE certified as a medical device of risk class 1, according to EN 14683:2019. The effectiveness of the Livinguard fabric used has been proven in studies specifically against SARS-CoV-2, but also against other influenza viruses (RWTH Aachen / FU Berlin).
The Livinguard Pro Mask a with valve, Street Mask and the Fitness Mask are not medical devices.
We offer the Face Mask Pro both with and without a valve. The valve is designed to reduce exhalation resistance and allow more comfortable breathing. When you inhale, a membrane in the valve closes to prevent viruses and bacteria from getting through. In general, wearing a mask without an exhalation valve offers a higher level of protection for those around you. We cannot guarantee infection prevention for the mask wearer or those around them.
Do not expose the mask to extremely high or low temperatures, high humidity, potentially contaminated surfaces, dust and harmful substances. Store your mask in a clean, sealable bag or breathable container.
The recommended 210-day lifespan of the Face Mask Pro begins once the mask has been worn. Tests have shown that the Livinguard antiviral fabric technology remains active after 30 washes, if washed weekly (every 7 days). Therefore, we recommend a usage period of 210 days, 30 washes. The mask's use cannot be extended beyond 210 days by using or washing it less frequently.
To ensure long-lasting protection, replace the mask in the following situations: after 30 washes, after exceeding the shelf life of 24 months, or if the mask is damaged.
The Livinguard material used in the mask requires gentle washing without detergents or bleach to maintain its active antiviral and antibacterial effect. High temperatures and aggressive detergents can eliminate the protective effects of the mask. Please follow the washing recommendations in the answer to: How do I wash the mask to maintain full functionality?
The Livinguard masks are made of a fabric treated with the Livinguard method. Scientific studies have shown that this fabric can deactivate 99.99% of SARS-CoV-2. The fabric’s antiviral effect is preserved even after using and washing the mask repeatedly (if used and washed following the instructions).
However, using a Livinguard mask does not substitute any hygiene measures recommended by authorities. The mask cannot prevent an infection if it is not worn or if the virus enters the respiratory tract by other means, such as touching one’s face with contaminated hands.
The Livinguard Pro Mask consists of three different layers: the inner and outer layers are made of cotton. Using the patented Livinguard technology, the cotton fabric is covered with a polycationic coating, which has a positive electrical charge. Between these two cotton layers there is a filter made of 100% polypropylene. The filter is there to stop the viruses and bacteria and trap them between the two antiviral cotton layers so they can be destroyed.
Viruses and bacteria have a negatively-charged surface, which makes them bind to the positively-charged cotton fabric. This bind breaks the surface of the viruses and bacteria, rendering them unable to infect. This method has been proven to be effective against a wide range of microorganisms, including both gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria, viruses and fungi.
The Livinguard Street Mask consists of only two layers of Livinguard antiviral fabric and does not have a filter. The Livinguard technology works in the same way as it does with our Face Mask Pro, but it has a lower filtration level, which allows for easier breathing. The Face Mask Street is not a medical device.
The Face Mask Pro is available in two versions, with and without valve. Both masks allow for comfortable inhalation and exhalation. The Face Mask Pro with valve also allows air to escape "unfiltered" through the valve during exhalation, which makes exhaling even easier. Our Face Mask Pro is made of high-quality materials so that it can be worn comfortably at work.
The Livinguard Street Mask is only available without a valve. It is thinner than the Pro Mask, which means it is easier to breathe with it on. However, its filtration level is lower.
The Face Mask Pro consists of three layers. The inner and outer layers are made of 100% cotton coated with our antiviral and antibacterial Livinguard technology. Between these two layers is a filter medium. The elastic ear bands with adjustment straps, along with the nose clip, allows the mask to be optimally customised to fit the shape of your face. This is good news for people who wear glasses: it prevents lenses from getting foggy.
The Face Mask Street consists of two layers. Both are made of 100% cotton and are treated with the antiviral and antibacterial Livinguard technology. The adjustable straps and nose wire make it easy to adjust the mask to the shape of your face. This is good news for people who wear glasses: it prevents lenses from getting foggy.
The Fitness Mask is made of bamboo microfiber.
1. PHMB is a polymer. The name PHMB can refer to several different molecules, as it hasn’t been standardised by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).
2. The PHMB used by Livinguard is not classified as carcinogenic, nor as Carc. 2, H351.
3. The mask contains less than 0.1% of PHMB. According to the GHS this figure does not have to be included in the product’s safety document.
4. PHMB is authorised by ECHA for use in PT 2 products, which include "textiles, tissues, masks, paints and other articles or materials with the purpose of producing treated articles with disinfecting properties”.
5. It has been proven that breathing through the Livinguard mask does not release PHMB from the fabric, so there is no risk of inhaling it.
Some masks use silver ion technology to eliminate bacteria. Their antiviral efficacy is low and unfortunately not sufficient in the current crisis. Silver ion technology and similar technologies using zinc or copper can detach themselves from the fabric fibres and cause health problems if inhaled. For this reason, some products with silver ions are not approved for use in Europe.
If the mask is damaged or has exceeded its shelf life, it should be disposed of in accordance with local waste disposal regulations.
Unless specified otherwise, put the mask in a bag and then disposed of in a closed waste bin or bag.