Respirators

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The facepiece filtering respirators that we offer conform to a minium N95 standard and have been certified by the relevant authorities including FDA, CE and ISO bodies. Please click the links below to see more information about each product.

ABOUT RESPIRATORS

A respirator is a device designed to protect the wearer from inhaling hazardous atmospheres, including fumes, vapors, gases and particulate matter such as dusts and airborne microorganisms. There are two main categories: the air-purifying respirator, in which respirable air is obtained by filtering a contaminated atmosphere, and the air-supplied respirator, in which an alternate supply of breathable air is delivered. Within each category, different techniques are employed to reduce or eliminate noxious airborne contaminants.

Air-purifying respirators range from relatively inexpensive single-use, disposable face masks sometimes referred to as a dust mask to more robust reusable models with replaceable cartridges often called a gas mask.

Disposable filtering face piece (dust, mist, and fume) respirators are designed to reduce inhalation exposure to particulate contaminants. In general industry, these respirators are used to decrease exposure to particulates such as wood dust, animal dander, and pollen. More recently, health care facilities have been using N-95 filtering face piece respirators as part of their tuberculosis infection control program. In this context, Health Care Workers use them for protection from infectious aerosolized droplets released from sick patients. Like any respirator, N-95 filtering face pieces have limitations, advantages and an assigned protection factor.

Filtering facepieces are negative pressure air purifying particulate respirators that differ from other respirators because the filtering media itself is the mask. To be a certified filtering facepiece respirator, the mask must be NIOSH approved, double strapped and clearly labeled with both a letter designation (N, R, P) indicating resistance to oil degradation and a filtering efficiency (95, 99, 100). Single strap varieties of “nuisance particle” masks are not certified by NIOSH and should not be considered an approved respirator. You should also be aware most surgical masks do not meet the definition of an N-95 respirator and should not be considered adequate for protection from aerosolized infectious droplets.