These 3M affordable quality face masks are rated as an N95 filter and are recommended as sufficient protection against many substances including haze, the H5N1 Avian Bird Flu and SARS. Everyone wants a mask that is comfortable, lightweight and convenient. That’s why 3M, with its long experience in filtration technologies, designed a family of respirators that provides high levels of comfort and value. High efficiency, heavy duty yet light weight to wear.
N95 3M 8210 Mask
1. Is the N95 mask an adequate protection against haze? Does it protect against PM2.5?
2. What are the effects of wearing a N95 mask?
– The use of N95 masks increases effort in breathing. For some people, the use of N95 mask may cause discomfort in breathing, tiredness or headache. This may be due to the mask causing increased resistance to breathing, and a reduction in the volume of air breathed. For most people this is not serious.
– Some elderly people, people with lung or heart conditions, and women in the later stages of pregnancy may already have reduced lung volumes or breathing issues.
– You should take a break from using a N95 mask if you feel uncomfortable. Elderly, pregnant women and people with severe lung or heart problems who have difficulty breathing at rest or on exertion should consult their doctor as to whether they should use the N95 mask.
– Women in the 2nd and 3rd trimesters of pregnancy may already have reduced lung volumes or breathing issues. They should stop using a N95 mask if they feel uncomfortable.
2. Can I reuse my N95 mask?
– You can reuse your N95 mask. It should be changed when it gets soiled or distorted in shape. It should not be shared.
13. Are surgical masks useful?
– Normal surgical masks are not effective in filtering fine particles (i.e. tiny particles that are 2.5 microns or less in width), although they can reduce the discomfort cause by haze by providing a barrier between the wearer’s nose and mouth, and larger irritant particles in the air.
14. Are surgical masks the same as N95 masks?
– Surgical masks and N95 masks are different and were made for different purposes. Surgical masks were designed to protect the surrounding environment from the user’s own spit or mucous. Healthcare professionals use them (e.g. in an operating theatre) to prevent their own germs from infecting the patient.
– N95 masks were designed to protect the wearer from airborne particles. Studies have shown that they are at least 95% efficient against fine particles that are about 0.1 – 0.3 microns, assuming good fit on the wearer’s face.
This mask is great affordable disposable protection. Excellent, economical and maintenance-free protection that workers are quick to accept. Custom fit, secure seal and reduced potential for eyewear fogging promote greater worker comfort and increase wear time.