What is a Respirator?
A respirator is essentially a protective mask that is worn on the face to shield the wearer from inhaling various toxins in the air allowing wearers to quickly adapt to unexpected breathing hazards with NIOSH ( National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health)-approved disposable dust N95 respirators from Enviro Safety Products.
Compactly designed to go wherever you go, this single-use, all-in-one N95 face mask can be easily donned to defend against 95 percent of non-oil-based airborne particles. Elastic straps adjust to every wearer for a secure fit that can smoothly transition from indoor to outdoor use.
Efficiently crafted to provide nose and mouth coverage, these NIOSH-approved respirator face masks prevent obstruction of the eyes, leaving room for safety glasses or goggles.
Why is Respiratory Protection Important?
Get long-lasting protection that adapts to your environment with N95 face masks and other NIOSH disposable respirator masks. In an age of uncertainty whether it be massive wildfires or change in air quality, which the 3M 8511 with Valve is recommended for, or daily use to protect yourself while on the job or in your personal life, or medical use N95's, all are a dependable and proven masks to keep you safe, and breathing no matter the air quality or situation you are in.
Provide Respiratory Protection to Workers from Airborne Hazards
N95 face mask respirators effectively filter out a minimum of 95 percent of airborne particles. However, they’re not resistant to oil. N95 respirators are ideal for environments where non-oil-based hazards are present, like construction, mineral processing and other dust-laden workplaces.
At Enviro Safety Products, it is our mission to help you protect your employees from airborne hazards, so we’ve compiled a huge selection of breathing protection at extremely affordable prices. If you’re not sure whether to choose a surgical mask or N95 face mask or want to know precisely which N95 mask is right for your workplace, feel free to browse our product descriptions or call our trained experts at 800-637-6606 – we’ll be happy to help.
N95 Respirator Masks and NIOSH
Each mask in Enviro Safety Products’ extensive inventory meets or exceeds the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s high standards. Our NIOSH-approved N95 particulate respirators filter at least 95 percent of airborne particles while allowing users to breathe comfortably. They don’t interfere with other personal protective equipment, like our
economy safety glasses
disposable hoods and head coverings.
Special Features of N95 Masks
Extended Wear Capabilities
Most of the N95 mask respirators in our inventory feature special designs intended for extended wear in dusty or fume-filled environments. They also provide superior protection against non-oil-based particles which a surgical mask often fails to offer. The disposable respirator masks are adjustable, durable, and reliable, making them ideal for frontline workers and employees working in industrial environments alike. Thanks to the elastic bands that these N95 respirators are fitted with, they are perfect for wearing over long periods.
Compatibility With Other Gear
3M N95 respirators feature their patented Advanced Electret Media and Cool Flow Exhalation Valves. Additionally, as against surgical masks, these respirators are equipped with M-nose clips to prevent fogging on safety glasses as well as adjustable ear loops, and work in conjunction with other personal protective equipment, like
hard hats .
Hence, it doesn't come as a surprise that they fit snug, and pass all fit testing with flying colors. Some have foam nose and face seals, while others have pouch-style designs that also provide fluid protection.
Versatility of Application
Each N95 mask in our inventory is designed for a different application for various industries, each with the capability to reduce exposure to various airborne particles present in the environment. We carry FDA-approved N95 surgical masks, respirators created for welders, some designed specifically for woodworking and grinding, and other occupations. They’re available in a wide range of sizes, too, so that every wearer can enjoy maximum protection from non-oil-based particles without the need to wear a face shield.
N95 Particulate Masks as PPE for the General Population
According to the FDA, N95 particulate masks can serve as PPE because they serve as a barrier between infectious materials and the mucous membranes. The respirators in our catalog have been used by people who wish to prevent bird flu, swine flu, and the spread of other contaminants and germs.
Government agencies often recommend N95 face masks for the general population during viral outbreaks, such as Covid-19 because they’re effective at creating a physical barrier and blocking the inflow of contaminants. Proper use of an FDA-approved particulate respirator can help enhance disease control measures by ensuring that both the wearer and the people surrounding the wearer are protected against small particles in the air which may act as contaminants.
Purchasing the Right N95 Mask
Enviro Safety Products is committed to helping you create the safest workplace possible. That’s why our huge selection of N95 respirators clearly lists the features of each – so you can choose the right protection for your employees based on the hazards present in your workplace.
If you have questions about choosing the right N95 respirators or simply want to buy online, just call our friendly and knowledgeable customer service experts; every member of our staff receives intensive training on our products and their functions twice a month, so they’ll be able to help you make the right choices. Our representatives are available at 800-637-6606, Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST.
Commonly Asked Questions About N95 Masks
What makes N95 respirators different from surgical masks?
A surgical mask can be defined as a loose-fitting mask that covers the nose and mouth of the wearer. Surgical masks are designed to create a physical barrier between these parts and the contaminants present in the outside air. In most cases, surgical masks aren't highly effective, due to their inability to form a seal around the nose and mouth.
N95 masks, on the other hand, can be classified
as a particulate respirator
that is designed to offer a close facial fit by forming a seal around the nose and mouth. Consequently, N95 masks are much more effective at filtering airborne particles. It is for this very reason that these face masks are widely used in the healthcare industry and other industrial workplaces where respiratory protection is a must.
Surgical masks are more commonly used than N95 masks due to their disposable nature and comparatively lower costs.
What does an N95 respirator protect against?
N95 masks are essentially designed to offer maximum protection against particulate matter including but not limited to dust, fumes, mists, aerosols, and smoke. An N85 mask is also found to be rather effective against biological particles such as pollen, bacteria, viruses, and allergens amongst other such particles.
What does an N95 respirator NOT protect against?
An N95 mask is not designed to offer effective protection against gasses such as methane and carbon monoxide, and chemical vapors such as organic solvents and formaldehyde.
What are some limitations of the N95 respirators?
Some of the most notable limitations of the n95 mask include -
There are chances that certain infectious agents may enter the body through the eyes or skin, implying that the N95 particulate respirator may not suffice. This makes it essential to wear additional protective equipment.
In case the wearer has a beard, stubble, or heavy mustache, the N95 mask may not be able to seal tightly to the face, resulting in leaks and subsequent dangers to their health.
The wearer needs to be provided with training regarding the proper use of the N95 particulate respirator, its limitations, and the process to don and doff it in an accurate way as per the mentioned user instructions.
In case the user has respiratory issues, using N95 masks may prove to be counterproductive to their ease of breathing.