Why N95 masks?
While single layer nuisance dust masks can help keep you safe during light construction or cleaning activities, they offer little protection against very small particles travelling through the air, like germs from a cough or sneeze, or fine non-poisonous dusts. For protection against small particles, a mask with filtration material, a particulate respirator, is often required. The most popular of particulate respirators approved by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is the N95 mask, labeled N95 for their 95% efficiency rating. The N95 masks can filter particles of 0.3 microns.
Because of their low price, effectiveness, and comfort, N95 masks are standard in many industries, and have even become a popular way to prevent the spread of germs among the general public. If you sell to, or are in, the industrial, medical, dental, automotive, tattoo or do-it-yourself markets, many of your customers may require N95 masks. N95 masks must be properly fit tested and are “single use” respirators.
The N95 mask has also become popular in the medical field. NIOSH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended N95 masks for protection of healthcare workers who come in direct contact with patients with H1N1 and other airborne viruses. There are also N95 masks that are certified by the FDA for use in surgery.