Are You Prepared for New COVID-19 Variants? Restock Your N95 & KN95 Masks Now Despite the lift on mask mandates throughout the entire U.S., the pandemic is not over. In fact, hospitalizations are going up as increasingly contagious variants continue to arise. In
What are KN95 Respirators?
KN95 respirators are disposable respirators approved by Standardizations Administration of the Peoples Republic of China (PRC) regulated under GB2626-2019 Respiratory Protective Equipment, Non-Powered Air-Purifying Particle Respirator Standards. Much like NIOSH standards, GB2626-2019 requires that the material in the KN95 respirator must provide a minimum filtration efficiency of at least 95% of particulate matter >0.3 microns and a maximum of 8% and leakage to the inside of the respirator. These types of respirators typically feature a very tight snug fit on the face.
What to look for in a KN95 Respirator?
- Nosepiece and Earloops. The nosepiece and earloops to KN95 respirator play an important role in not only comfort of the mask, but also effectiveness. A KN95 respirator needs to fit tightly against the wearer’s face for full effectiveness.
- Exhalation valve. Even though not required for KN95 certification, some users prefer a one-way exhalation valve that gives lower exhalation resistance for hot and humid working conditions.
- Mask shape. The most common style shape for the KN95 is the respirator is the flat fold (vertical folding), but they are also available in a cone style (also referred to as cup). BNX produces several style KN95 respirators. Respirator shape is most often a matter of user preference.
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