Respirator Mask for Sale
Dust masks are important on the job, but they are not all created equal. When choosing a dust mask, you need to ensure that it is suited to the work you are doing.
Wearing a face mask means you are protected against mechanically generated dust on worksites as well as general airborne particles, gases or vapours in air pollution.
Depending on the work you are doing, you need to make sure that you use the correct face mask type. Using the incorrect face mask particulate filter can give you a false sense of security – and may not protect you from breathing in airborne particulate.
Face Masks explained: P2 Mask vs a N95 Mask
A P2 face mask and a N95 face mask are similar. The N95 face mask is the NiOSH (USA testing requirements.) and the P2 face mask represents the EC (European testing requirements). The full respirator code name for a P2 facemask is “Face Filtering Piece 2” -FFP2
These terms are used interchangeably and in Australia these respirator masks comply with Australian Standard: AS/NZS 1716:2012
N95 Particulate Respirator Mask with Breathing Valve
If you opt for a P2 respirator mask with an exhalation valve, it is designed to minimise moisture and heat build up. This makes it more comfortable to wear and easier to breath if wearing for longer periods of time.
The valve is a comfort feature, but does not increase the protection from the mask. We offer both valved and non valved respirator dust masks for sale.
Who should not wear a N95 respirator mask?
N95 respirators are not designed for children for two reasons. The first being that N95 masks are one size fits most adults. So are not designed for the small face sizes of kids.
The other reason is that a N95 respirator can actually endanger your child with a risk of suffocation. As children breath a lot lighter than adults, they have difficultly drawing enough oxygen through the strong filter.
If you have a beard you are part of another group of people who won’t get the full benefit of a P2 respirator. The facial hair prevents an airtight fit, exposing you to the particulates that you are meant to be protected from. So, if you need a P2 respirator for work and you sport a beard, you may need to look at other protective respirators or choose to get out your razor.
Differing shapes of P2 Face Masks
So you need a P2 Respirator and then you are confronted with a sea of choice in terms of shape. What is the difference in all these P2 Mask? Which P2 Mask should I buy?
N95 Cup Mask
This is often the type of mask you will see on the construction site. These are made of firm material that is contoured into a comfortable cup shape.
The Honeywell, Maxi Safe and Colad masks in the illustration above show cup shaped P2 masks and how they can even look a bit different from one another.
These type of facemasks are stacked together within the box and have no folds. They usually come in 10-15 piece boxes.
Flat Fold P2 Mask / Pleated N95 Mask
The most common N95 face respirator in medical settings is the flat fold P2 mask like the orange Proshield N95 mask in the illustration above. This is also called a pleated N95 mask. These are easy to store in large quantities, or to slip into your pocket or bag. They come in box quantities anywhere from 10 masks per box to 50 masks per box.
As the name suggests, when in storage flat fold masks lay flat up against one another. They may be folded vertically or horizontally and can have just one, or multiple folds.
You can see the 3m N95 mask, model 8670F has two folds, one at the top and one at the bottom. Leave the centre of the mask flat. Whereas the MSA Affinity mask has the fold vertically through the middle.
Depending on how they are folded, and how they look when wearing. They may also be referred to as a duckbill P2 mask. This is often the name used when the fold is horizontal across the centre like the Pro Choice P2 Mask giving the wearer the appearance of having a beak.
When do I need N95 masks?
It is advisable to wear a properly fitted P2 or N95 facemask whenever you are producing dust such as cutting, doing demolition, or sweeping debris. A N95 facemask is also useful against air pollution smog as it prevents airborne particles from being breathed in. N95 / P2 facemasks are also being used in some circumstances for virus control as they offer stronger protection than a basic medical mask.
P2 facemasks can filter out PM2.5 particles from the air. These face masks are typically used on building sites and by firefighters. A P2 face mask filters out the harmful particles in the air, but are only effective if there’s an air-tight seal around the face- so you can’t have a beard for this to be effective.
Wearing a N95 facemask increases your safety when properly used. It is compatible with a large range of protective eyewear and hearing protection.
Note: these dust masks can protect people from air pollution due to fires in their vicinity, but are not designed for use in active fire fighting as these respirators do not supply oxygen.
N95 / P2 Antibacterial Mask
A N95 respirator mask is also often used in medical situations when a standard medical mask is not sufficient. A N95 facemask provides a better seal and is more of an antibacterial mask as its filters protect you against microscopic PM2.5 particles.
Our masks conform to Australian standards for P2 filtration and we are a supplier of construction equipment. We are not a supplier of N95 surgical masks and do not advertise our masks for medical situations.
If you would like to use our P2 masks for medical purposes, you need to conduct your own investigation into medical regulations. You can contact the brands manufacturing company to determine whether they are suitable for your medical application.
How long does a FFP2 grade mask last?
You can get disposable and reusable P grade facemasks. If you get a reusable one, it generally has a disposable filter. These face masks only work for a limited period, usually around 8 to 10 hours. If you keep wearing the P2 facemask after the recommended time, you may not get the protection that you need.
Need a different grade face mask?
N95 mask Canberra
We are located at 4/48 Sandford St, Mitchell, Canberra. If you are around pop in and grab your P2 particulate mask and say g’day while your here.
How to fit a P2 Dust Mask
Generally, to check for proper fit, you should put on your P2 respirator and adjust the straps so that the P2 respirator fits tightly but comfortably to your face. For information on proper fit of your P2 Mask, refer to the manufacturer’s instructions.
When fitting a P2 masks, it’s important to ensure that the fit is secure, as this will help to reduce the inhalation of particulate matter. Please see the step process from the Queensland, Government on how to fit your N95 face mask properly.
For more guidance on how to fit your N95 facemask, please view the helpful video below.
Delivery of these P2 face masks to Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and around Australia
If you’re wondering where to where to buy N95 mask, we offer delivery for these N95 respirators at $13.99 for any orders under $200. For any N95 mask orders over $200 your cart will get automatically update to free delivery.
If you are looking to buy:
we have P2 facemasks currently in stock and for sale.