What is an N95 Respirator Mask?
An N95 respirator mask is similar in shape and design to a regular facemask. They provide an excellent flush fit and are effective in the filtration and blockage of small airborne particles, contaminated with germs, including viruses and bacteria. In addition, the respirator also protects against splashes, sprays, and large droplets. The N95 mask gets its name from its ability to block a minimum of 95% of extremely small particles, that the mask comes in contact with during testing.
Primarily used in healthcare settings, or for protection against bodily germ-producing emissions, the N95 respirator mask specifically for these purposes is usually labeled as a surgical N95 respiratormask. At a minimum, the respirators will meet the standards of a medical grade facemask.
N95 respirator masks are also great for use in the industrial field. Since these respirator masks are capable of blocking out small particles, it makes them highly effective for the protection of workers who are in regular high-contact with dust and hazardous particles. These particular respirators are usually labeled for occupational use.
Both medical and industrial N95 respirators go through a rigorous evaluation process to be approved by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). This organization is part of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to help prevent health-related injury or illness.
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