The Checklist To Avoid Fraudulent N95 Masks

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When the pandemic hit, the entire world people started buying a bulk of protective equipment like respirators and hand sanitizers. Due to this, many fraudsters jumped in to fool people into purchasing faulty respirators. The most reliable respirator named N95 was being faulty copied the most. But to make yourself aware of which ones are fake, people in Australia can save themselves from buying fraudulent N95 masks. You must keep an eye on the following key points to ensure you are buying authentic N95 masks.

1. FDA-Approved N95 Respirator masks:

Many fraudsters are using the tag of being approved by the FDA to sell their fake copies of N95. They are building their credibility on these criteria, but you should know that the FDA does not approve N95 masks. FDA only gives a clearance to class-2 devices that's is the N95 masks but not an approval. The official supplier of N95 masks that is 3M uses the word of FDA cleared and not FDA approved while supplying masks to hospitals. The FDA has a 2-step process of giving clearance in which any company can submit its product before getting the clearance or approval. Hence some companies easily may say that their KN95 is FDA approved just because they have the registration certificate by FDA that can easily be obtained by a small fee.

2. N95 and FFP1 Respirators- Know the difference:

FDA doesn't have the policy of allowing suppliers to use the FDA logo on the packages of N95 respirators they are supplying. If you get a Chinese KN95 respirator with an FDA logo over it, you might be getting non authorized masks only. There is not the least chance of respirators being approved by the FDA if they bear the FDA logo. 

3. N95 and FFP1 Respirators – Identify the difference:

It is most common that a supplier might think an FFP1 mask set to be an N95 one. This is mainly because different governments can use different labeling types on two distinct things that have the same function. The FFP1 respirators can filter only 80 percent fo air particles and are not equivalent to N95 masks.

4. How to identify inadequate quality N95 masks?

You need to keep yourself safe in the times of disease outspread. That can only be achieved if you identify the high and low-quality respirators and what makes them stand apart from each. An N95 mask is the most reliable one. Still, if you see the seal of the mask is broken, you must not have it as it is low-quality masks and will not provide the desired filtration of airborne particles. Poor quality N95 respirators have loose ear loops and also give a loose grip. You must be able to test the seal of the mask you are using, as it is the best way to see when you are getting a low-quality mask. To check the seal, you will have to breathe through the seal to spot any leaks. Take a breath in the mask putting your hand over the seal tightly and see any leakages that allow air to pass in.