July 9, 2020
Masks for Pandemic Service Providers

Government Guidelines for Health Masks

The U.S. Government has very strict guidelines on the import and sale of Respirators and Disposable Face Masks.

 

For Respirators, the gold standard is the FDA or NIOSH approved N95 respirator, which is manufactured in the U.S. and all over the world by companies like 3M,  Honeywell, and many others.

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What is the Difference Between N95 and KN95 Respirator Masks?

N95 or KN95? What is the difference?

They have almost identical levels of protection, but they follow the testing standards of different countries. KN95 masks follow Chinese standards, N95 masks follow US standards.

See here the 3M standards guide for N95/KN95

Can I use KN95’s in the United States?

YES, you can. KN95 is included in the U.S. CDC recommendations as an alternative to N95 masks, as it offers an almost identical level of protection as the N95

See here the US CDC recommendation for KN95

Can the KN95 be shipped to the United States?

YES, it can be shipped. The FDA allows the import of the KN95 together with other many kinds of foreign-certified respirators, so long as they meet appropriate technical parameters, which our masks do.

See here the KN95 FDA news from The Hill

KN95 Masks

Filtering efficiency ≥ 95%

This mask is a protective mask
GB2626-2006 standard (KN95) and is CE Certified (EN149).

KN95 and N95 masks have almost identical levels of protection, and follow the testing standards of different countries. KN95 masks follow Chinese standards, N95 masks follow US standards, and both of them are not less than 95% in protection against particles of 0.3 microns or larger.

CDC Recognized Substitute for N95, CE Certified.

The mask has been tested and certified under GB2626-2006 (KN95 Standard), and is CE certified (EN149).

NF EN 14683 and EN 149 European standards for face masks

 

Masks produced as per standard NF EN 14683 and EN 149 are designed to prevent the wearer from spreading droplets in the vicinity. It also protects the wearer from droplets produced by a person directly in front of them. However, depending on the circumstances, it does not protect from inhaling the very small particles suspended in the air that potentially carry the virus. There are three different types of European standard 3-ply disposable face masks:

  • Type I: bacteria filtering effectiveness > 95%.
  • Type II: bacteria filtering effectiveness > 98%.
  • Type IIR: bacteria filtering effectiveness > 98% and splash-resistant.
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