Respirator Certification – What Does N95 Really Mean?

Respiratory Protection

Selecting respirators appropriate for your workplace can be a daunting task. Respiratory protection program managers need to understand the airborne hazards in their facilities, determine the required assigned protection factor for a respirator, choose what type of respirator is needed (air-purifying or atmosphere-supplying, tight-fitting or loose-fitting) and make sure each employee’s respirator fits properly.

The term “N95 respirator” gets thrown around a lot because it is one of the most common types of respirators. In this post we’re going to take a look at what that term (and similar terms like R99 and P100) mean. Understanding these labels is important for both employers and employees because both need to know the respirators being used are sufficient for the hazards present.

NIOSH Certification Levels for Particulate Filtering Respirators

For a respiratory protection program to be OSHA compliant it must use respirators certified by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). NIOSH, a division of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), has 10 classes of approved particulate filtering respirators.

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4 Reasons Why The One-Fit Surgical N95 Respirator Should Be Your First Choice For Disposable Respiratory Protection

Here’s why the N95 Surgical Respirator should be your first choice for disposable protection.

Wearing respiratory protection might seem inconvenient, but without it exposure to airborne particles and contaminates can cause both short-term and long-term health problems. Here’s why the N95 Surgical Respirator should be your first choice for disposable protection.

The importance of respiratory protection

The purpose of respiratory protection is to prevent workers from being exposed to air that has been contaminated by harmful dusts, fogs, fumes, mists, gases, smokes, vapours or sprays to avoid occupational illness.

It might seem like a hassle to wear respiratory protection, but it should never be disregarded. This is because airborne particles and contaminants, no matter how tiny, can result in both long and short term health problems. If unchecked, airborne hazards may cause cancer, lung impairment, other diseases and even death.

Long story short: always wear respiratory protection when your job requires it.

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