NOT every mask is N95 - many claim to offer masks which are merely dust and spash protectors. We make sure you are getting the real thing. Anti-pollution, anti dust, and splash cover masks are NOT THE SAME and frequently mislabeled. They must bear the following manufacture's labeling seen in the graphic on this page.

Respirators offer the best protection for workers who must work closely (either in contact with or within 6 feet) with people who have influenza-like symptoms. These generally include those workers who work in occupations classified as very high exposure risk or high exposure risk to pandemic influenza.

N95' designation means that when subjected to careful testing, the respirator blocks at least 95 percent of very small (0.3 micron) test particles. These particles are the same size as the pathogen you are trying to block. The mask works because the tight fit on your face prevents air from leaking around the side and the material in the mask blocks the pathogens effectively.

Everyone's face is different, and respirators are NOT one size fits all.  A respirator that does not fit provides NO protection. Too much air leaks around the sides. See our fit testing kit page for information and supplies.

Our suppliers offer a wide range of mask sizes and styles suitable for every face type and application.

Once a properly fitted mask has been selected. It is important to follow manufacturer's instructions for donning and doffing a mask. Example procedures are demonstrated here and here.

For those with facial hair, consider proper trimming procedures.

Masks typically come in valved and non-valved form. Valved models allow for easier respiration, which is important for long duration use. Non-valved N95 masks are slightly more difficult to breath with, and it may become tiring after several hours of use.

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