N95 Face Mask

What is a type N95 respirator?

N95 is one of nine classifications for National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) certified particulate respirators, is intended for use in infection control practices. This product filters at least 95% against solid and liquid particles but is not resistant to oil. The N95 surgical face mask has been recommended by USA experts as the best protection from SARS, is the USA equivalent of the European FFP2 and FFP3 masks with the FFP3 offering the higher protection.


The N95 mask has a Particle Filtration Efficiency (PFE) of >95% @ 0.3 micron. Standard Tie On and Earloop Face Masks are the typical disposable face mask which is latex free, hypoallergenic, fiberglass free, fluid resistant and have a three ply construction.

What does NIOSH Approved mean?

The Approval is issued only to a specific and complete respirator assembly after the respirator has been evaluated in the laboratory and found to comply with all the requirements of Title 42, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 84.   All the components must have the NIOSH approval label. If a manufacturer’s facility has an approval number on one respirator it does not mean that all their respirators are approved just that specific model.


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