What is the N95 respirator? What its use?

What is the use of N95?

N95 or N95 respirator is a particulate filter medical mask that meets the standards of the National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH) of the US government that classifies N95 air purifiers. When used correctly, this type of respirator is capable of filtering at least 95% of the airborne dust particles and bacteria.


  • In Industry: The N95 respirator was originally designed for industrial use, especially in fields such as mining, construction, and painting.
  • In healthcare: Approved by NIOSH as a respirator and recognized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a medical device similar to a surgical mask, it provides barrier protection against droplets because of its outstanding antibacterial properties.

N95 vs FFP2:

N95 FFP2
  Standard   United States NIOSH-42CFR84   Europe EN 149-2001
  Filtration Performance   At least 95%   At least 94%

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