Authentic Respirators 

What is a respirator?

CDC:  A respirator is a personal protective device that is worn on the face or head and covers at least the nose and mouth. A respirator is used to reduce the wearer’s risk of inhaling hazardous airborne particles (including infectious agents), gases or vapors. Respirators, including those intended for use in healthcare settings, are certified by the CDC/NIOSH

What is an N95 respirator?

An N95 FFR is a type of respirator which removes particles from the air that are breathed through it. These respirators filter out at least 95% of very small (0.3 micron) particles. N95 FFRs are capable of filtering out all types of particles, including bacteria and viruses.

 

What about surgical masks?

A regular surgical mask will not help you with of Coronavirus. COVID-19. According to The Wall Street Journal :

"If used properly, masks can at least help block some large droplets from sneezes and coughs. They can also prevent wearers from touching their noses and mouths if they are careful. But paper or polyurethane foam masks, also known as surgical masks, don’t filter out smaller particles. Reusable respirator masks, also called N95 masks, are considered by some to be best if they are fitted by a professional. In such cases they fit tightly, making it harder for particles to get through."

What does "N" mean?

In general, Respirators are rated “N,” if they are Not resistant to oil, “R” if somewhat Resistant to oil, and “P” if strongly resistant (oil Proof).

You will need a face mask that is at least N95 or N99.  The N rating –  mask rated N95 or higher, means is that the respirator is rated to block 95% of airborne particles as small as (0.3 micron).  It filters 95% of particulate matter including dust, smoke or viruses down to 0.3 microns in size. This can protect against the new coronavirus.

It is important to wear a protective mask properly. Fit these respirators around the nose, cheeks, and chin, ensuring that you don't breathe around the edges of the respirator. 

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How to identify authentic NIOSH - Approved respirators?

You can verify the approval number on the NIOSH Certified Equipment List (CEL) or the NIOSH Trusted-Source page to determine if the respirator has been approved by NIOSH. NIOSH-approved FFRs will always have one the following designations: N95, N99, N100, R95, R99, R100, P95, P99, P100.

CDC Approved N95 Respirator Manufacturers List

USA Respirators NIOSH Approved

In a world full of respirators made in China! Here it is the first Respirator  100% MADE IN THE USA. 

CDC Approved N95 Respirator Manufacturers List

Not only it is made here but  it is also NIOSH - APPROVED

It feels safer to use respirators that are not made in China, in an e better environment, using better materials.

You will see when buying respirators on Amazon or at the store, they carry a safety warning called CALIFORNIA proposiiton'65 Warning which means that the respirators carry toxic material that exposes us to them.

Made by this company.

MATERIAL Composition:

●  Outer Layer: Acupuncture Cotton
●  Filter: melt-blown non-woven
●  Lining: Acupuncture Cotton
●  Prop: Plastic galvanized iron wire
●  Ring: Polypropylene loop
●  String: Nylon string

I have them and I notice they don't have any toxic smell or fumes.

United States Mask Respirators NIOSH and CDC Approved

These are authentic NIOSH-approved and CDC-approved respirators Made in the USA. 

CDC Approved N95 Respirator Manufacturers List

The 1836 N95 Particulate respirator, also known as an N95 mask, is a NIOSH Certified (TC-84A-PH20) foldable respirator. The respirator's 5-layer design ensures protection from over 95% of airborne particles and liquids.​

United States Mask N95 respirators have head straps. This is the American standard for N95s. If you find a mask in the marketplace labeled N95 with ear loops, it is counterfeit and not an N95 by CDC/NIOSH standards.

A KN95 with ear loops meets the Chinese standard but does not meet NIOSH standards.

The respirator's 5-layer design ensures protection from over 95% of airborne particles and liquids.​​

  • Dual non-latex headbands

  • Sturdy nosepiece that prevents "rebounding"

  • Breathable material

  • Soft inner lining 

  • Comfortable Fit

  • 5 Layers of Filtration.

  • These are disposable (and recyclable!) N95 respirators designed for one use.

CDC Approved N95 Respirator Manufacturers List

Sourced from only the best U.S. manufacturers, our filtration media is not only extremely breathable but held to the highest quality standards. 

They’re also fiberglass-free, gluten-free, sulfite-free, fat-free, cholesterol-free and dairy-free, and their machinery doesn’t process nuts. They are the safest on the market and they don't carry California's proposition 65 warning like other respirators full of heavy metals made in China.

MedicPro N95 Mask NIOSH Approved
  • Head loop closure

  • NIOSH APPROVED N95 mask meets CDC/NIOSH guidelines and testing for 95% particulate filtration efficiency - Approval Number TC-84A-PH16.

  • FIVE-LAYER DESIGN N95 filters with highly efficient filtering materials. Adjustable nose clip and ultrasonically welded headbands provide a tight and secure seal.

  • INDIVIDUALLY WRAPPED N95 Medical masks safeguards

  • BREATHABLE AND COMFORTABLE lightweight design of N95 reusable mask is made to be worn for long periods of time.

  • MADE IN USA at PandMedic’s certified facility located in Las Vegas, Nevada - Registration Number: 3016785550

CDC Approved N95 Respirator Manufacturers List

This company was on the approved list for the N95 mask. They are the safest on the market and they don't carry California's proposition 65 warning like other respirators full of heavy metals made in China.

N95 Mask, NIOSH Certified, CDC Approved, MADE IN USA
  • CDC NIOSH-APPROVED: Model 5160 approval # TC-84A-PH15 - certified for at least 95% percent particulate filtration efficiency. Protective Health Gear masks are NIOSH N95 compliant and approved.

  • The 50 N95 masks are bulk wrapped in a poly bag with a twist tie for easy access.

  • SUPER COMFORTABLE: PHG 3D face mask design features an elastic head strap, built-in adjustable nose bridge wire with added foam padding that contours around your nose, mouth, and face. Designed by medical professionals for extended use.

  • MADE IN THE USA: Our N95 particulate filtering facepieces are proudly manufactured in the USA manufactured of high-quality latex free materials and provides at least 95% filtration efficiency and reliable breathing protection.

CDC Approved N95 Respirator Manufacturers List

This company was on the approved list for the N95 mask. They are the safest on the market and they don't carry California's proposition 65 warning like other respirators full of heavy metals made in China.

Vue Shield Non-Toxic Face Shield

This is the only shield to offer full-face protection against droplets and splashes. Plus it has not all the toxic foams of a typical face shield.

Plus it is more hygienic since it won't rest on your forehead and it is fully washable with water and mild soap.

They included an SPF 50 rating so wearing Vue Shield is basically like putting on sunscreen on your whole face and wearing sunglasses. Full face protection.

To create a face shield that people would actually want to wear rather than simply put up with, Joe Doucet has designed a shield with integrated sunglass lenses and arms that make them more practical and feel less alien and intrusive on the wearer.

The CDC does not recommend using face shields or goggles as a substitute for masks.

It is designed to accommodate a face mask for those desiring ultra safety.

Clean and disinfect reusable face shields by following CDC face shield cleaning instructions.

  • Can be worn over eye & sunglasses

  • Weighs only 1.86 oz or 53 grams

  • Full face protection

  • UVA/UVB Protection

  • toxic foam free

  • Relieves eye strain from screens

Vue Shield frames are made from polycarbonate, just like your sunglass and eyeglass frames, and the shield itself is made from the same PET as most other medical-grade face shields on the market.

All Vue Shields are the same size: 24.5 x 16 x 7 cm .

Which one is the safest respirator?

WHO recommends:

  • Use a particulate respirator at least as protective as a US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)-certified N95, European Union (EU) standard FFP2, or equivalent.

Which mask is best for you, and when to use it? CNN

Dr. Abraar Karan, an internal medicine physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School says it here 

How do you properly put a respirator on?

WHO recommends:

  • Before putting on a mask, wash hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water 

  • Cover mouth and nose with mask and make sure there are no gaps between your face and the mask

  • Avoid touching the mask while using it; if you do, clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water

  • Replace the mask with a new one as soon as it is damp and do not re-use single-use masks  

  • To remove the mask: remove it from behind (do not touch the front of a mask); discard immediately in a closed bin; wash hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water

 

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How to identify a FAKE  NIOSH respirator

Fake respirators are products that are falsely marketed and sold as being NIOSH-approved and may not be capable of providing appropriate respiratory protection to workers.

Signs that a respirator may be counterfeit:

  • No markings at all on the filtering facepiece respirator

  • No approval (TC) number on filtering facepiece respirator or headband

  • No NIOSH markings

  • NIOSH spelled incorrectly

  • Presence of decorative fabric or other decorative add-ons (e.g., sequins)

  • Claims for of approval for children (NIOSH does not approve any type of respiratory protection for children)

  • Filtering facepiece respirator has ear loops instead of headbands

You can verify the approval number on the NIOSH Certified Equipment List (CEL) or the NIOSH Trusted-Source page to determine if the respirator has been approved by NIOSH. NIOSH-approved FFRs will always have one the following designations: N95, N99, N100, R95, R99, R100, P95, P99, P100.

Respirators International Classes

To be sure that your respirators are complied with safety regulations, learn about these differentiations.

There are different kind of respirators around the world here is their technical specifications:

• N95 (United States NIOSH-42CFR84)

• FFP2 (Europe EN 149-2001)

• KN95 (China GB2626-2006)

• P2 (Australia/New Zealand AS/NZA 1716:2012)

• Korea 1st class (Korea KMOEL - 2017-64)

• DS (Japan JMHLW-Notification 214, 2018)

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Decontamination and Reuse of Filtering Facepiece Respirators

One strategy to mitigate the contact transfer of pathogens from the FFR to the wearer during reuse is to issue five respirators to each healthcare worker who may care for patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19. The healthcare worker will wear one respirator each day and store it in a breathable paper bag at the end of each shift. The order of FFR use should be repeated with a minimum of five days between each FFR use.