N95 Mask – Medical Protective Face Masks


The N95 mask is one of nine types of particulate protective masks certified by NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health). N95 is not a specific product name. As long as it meets the N95 standard and passed the NIOSH review, it can be called a N95 mask, which can filter particles with an aerodynamic diameter of 0.075µm ± 0.020µm and achieve an efficiency of more than 95%.

Introduction of N95 mask

The N95 mask is one of nine particulate protective masks certified by NIOSH. “N” means not resistant to oil. “95” indicates that the particle concentration in the mask is more than 95% lower than that of the particles outside the mask when exposed to the specified number of special test particles. The 95% value is not the average value, but the minimum value. N95 is not a specific product name, as long as it meets the N95 standard and passes the NIOSH review, it can be called “N95 mask”. The protection level is N95, which means that under the detection conditions specified by the NIOSH standard, the filtering efficiency of the mask filter material for non-oily particulate matter (such as dust, acid mist, paint mist, microorganisms, etc.) reaches 95%.

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N95 type mask function and use

The N95 mask has a filtration efficiency of more than 95% for particles with an aerodynamic diameter of 0.075µm ± 0.02µm. The aerodynamic diameter of air bacteria and fungal spores mainly varies between 0.7-10µm, and it is also within the protective range of N95 masks. Therefore, N95 masks can be used for respiratory protection of certain particulates, such as dust generated during grinding, cleaning and processing of minerals, flour and certain other materials. Hazardous volatile gas particles. Can effectively filter and purify the inhaled abnormal odors (except toxic gases), help reduce the exposure level of certain inhalable microbial particulates (such as mold, anthrax, tuberculosis, etc.), but cannot eliminate contact infection, illness or death risks of
The US Department of Labor has recommended that medical personnel use N95 masks to prevent microbial airborne diseases such as influenza and tuberculosis.

Common types of N95 masks

According to the shape of the mask, it is often divided into two types: cup cover type and folding type.

N95 Mask Safety Standard

NIOSH certified other anti-particulate mask levels also include: N95, N99, N100, R95, R99, R100, P95, P99, P100, a total of 9 types. These protection levels can cover the protection range of N95.
“N” (not resistant to oil), suitable for non-oily particles.
“R” (resistant to oil), suitable for oily or non-oily particles, if used for the protection of oily particles, the use time does not exceed 8 hours.
“P” (oil proof), suitable for oily or non-oily particles. If used for oily particles, the use time should follow the manufacturer’s recommendations.
“95”, “99” and “100” refer to the level of filtration efficiency when tested with 0.3 micron particles. “95” means the filtration efficiency is above 95%, “99” means the filtration efficiency is above 99%, and “100” means the filtration efficiency is above 99.7%.

N95 mask suitability test

In addition to the filtering efficiency of the N95 mask, the closeness of the mask to the face is one of the important factors determining the effectiveness of the mask. Different types of masks have large differences in their suitability to the human face. Therefore, before using a mask, the suitability of the mask should be checked first. During the tightness test of the wearer’s face, ensure that air can pass in and out through the mask when it is close to the edge of the face.

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N95 masks dustproof and medical

N95 masks refer to masks with a filtration efficiency of 95%. They are divided into industrial dust-proof and medical types. Medical N95 masks have higher protection.
Industrial dust-proof N95 and KN95 are both anti-oil particles, while medical N95 is a medical protective mask (not only anti-particles, but also anti-body fluid, etc.).

Precautions for using N95 mask

Wash your hands before wearing a mask, or avoid touching your face with the inside of the mask during wearing the mask to reduce the possibility of the mask being contaminated.
Distinguish the inside and outside of the mask, and up and down.
Do not squeeze the mask with your hands. The N95 mask can only isolate the virus on the surface of the mask. If you squeeze the mask with your hands, the virus will wet the mask with the droplets, which will easily cause virus infection.
Try to make the mask fit tightly to the face. The simple test method is: after putting on the mask, exhale hard, and air cannot leak out from the edge of the mask.
The protective mask must be close to the user’s face. The user must shave his beard to ensure that the mask can fit on the face. The beard and anything placed between the mask seal and the face will cause the mask to leak.
After adjusting the position of the mask according to your face shape, apply the index finger of both hands along the upper edge of the mask to press the nose clip to make it close to the face

Masks should be replaced in time when:

When the respiratory impedance increases significantly;
When the mask is damaged or damaged;
When the mask cannot be tightly attached to the face;
Masks are contaminated (for example, when stained with foreign matter such as blood or droplets);
Masks have been contaminated (have been used in individual wards or patient contacts);
If it is a mask containing activated carbon, and there is an odor in the mask;
Masks have been used longer than recommended.

Limitations of N95 Mask Performance

Respiratory diseases are not only transmitted through the respiratory tract;
Preventive measures should precede exposure;
The tight structure and efficient filtering of the mask will increase breathing resistance and reduce comfort;
If the mask design is not suitable for the user’s face shape, it will affect the suitability and will cause leakage;
Under the requirements of suitability and correct use, protective masks can effectively reduce the concentration of harmful substances by 90%;
The government has not established safe exposure limits for pathogenic microorganisms. Respiratory protection can only reduce the risk of disease, but it cannot eliminate the risk.

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Choice Of N95 mMasks

Choose the right mask
Medical protective masks should be the first choice for medical workers, and ordinary degreasing gauze masks should be the first choice for ordinary citizens’ daily use. In special occasions, such as visiting doctors and visiting patients, it is better for ordinary citizens to choose medical masks.

Choose a qualified mask
When choosing a mask, you need to see whether there is a trade name on the package, whether there is information about the manufacturer or supplier, whether there is a mask certificate or instructions for use. Disposable masks must also have a one-time identification, and reusable medical protective masks must also indicate the method of sterilization. In general, ordinary gauze masks must be marked as normal or disinfected. The materials used for masks should be free of odors and harmless to the human body, especially those in contact with the human face. They should be non-irritating and allergic.

Don’t forget to check the appearance when choosing a mask
This is a problem that we tend to ignore when choosing a mask. First of all, we must check whether the packaging of the mask is complete and whether it is damaged. There must be no holes or stains on the surface of the mask. Medical protective masks should not have exhalation valves. For tight arch masks, the lateral diameter is not less than 14cm, and the longitudinal diameter is not less than 14cm. The length of the medical protective rectangular mask is not less than 17cm, and the width is not less than 17cm. The number should not be less than 12 layers. In addition, we must remind everyone that if you choose a medical mask, remember to have a nose clip. The nose clip is made of bendable plastic material and the length is not less than 8.5cm.