Personal Protective Equipment
Personal Protective Equipment or PPE is worn to minimize exposure to hazardous materials or chemicals that can cause work-related injuries or illness. To ensure their employee’s overall safety, the employer must conduct a hazard assessment to determine the correct type of PPE to be used – depending on how hazardous the workplace environment is.
The use of personal protective equipment does not only limit the construction industry since it is also most commonly used in hospital settings for infection control. With proper usage, PPE acts as a barrier to block the transmission between infectious materials or contaminants such as blood, body fluids, and secretions from being transmitted from one person to the other.
The Personal Protective Equipment used are mostly helmets, gloves, face shields, facemask, respirators, goggles, or any equipment designed to protect the users from the exposure of any harmful or infectious diseases and to prevent any types of injuries.
What is an N95 Respirator?
N95 is an example of personal protective equipment that protects the wearer from any airborne particles and airborne diseases. It is regulated by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The N95 respirators are a respiratory protective device designed to have a very close facial fit to filter any airborne particles efficiently.
This mask is a particulate-filtering facepiece that can filter out at least 95 percent of airborne diseases. It uses a mechanical filter respirator to protect particles efficiently but does not necessarily protect the wearers from gases or vapors.
Preventive measures are still to be taken by the consumers of this mask because there are inauthentic N95 masks widely spread in the market. These masks are often sold at a meager price, encouraging consumers to buy for them instead. Consumers should make sure that the N95 they are purchasing has the “NIOSH” text or logo and a TC-approved number. Authentic N95 mask dramatically differs from their filtering process from the fake one. Thus, to ensure high quality of protection, you should avoid purchasing fake N95 masks.
Mask That is Equivalent to N95
PM 2.5 Dust Mask
Although many fake N95 masks are scattered around the market, there are also masks equivalent to the N95 respirator mask. PM 2.5 dust mask uses a Pm 2.5 filter. This kind of filter improves a mask’s filtration effectivity and is usually used to protect the wearer from the smallest airborne particles. PM 2.5 filters used with a fitted cover will have the ability to block the broad majority of different airborne particles such as fine aerosols.
This type of mask, like the N95 L-188, provides you with 95 percent filtration from non-oily particles, pollens, allergens, pet hairs, smoke, mites, leaves, molds, and mold spores. This PM 2.5 dust mask also complies with the GB2626-2006 standards. This mask is made up of a non-woven fiber outer layer designed to protect the users from the outside particles that cause different respiratory sickness and the like
This dust mask has a soft, skin-friendly layer in the inner that would provide the users a comfortable breathing process while guaranteeing that it gives the best protection away from the different harmful particles.
PM 2.5 Filtration Process
The filter used in PM 2.5 Dust Mask uses electrostatic barriers to capture different microscopic particles that typical face masks such as masks that use fabric, cotton, and polyesters cannot. This type of filter also provides superior sub-micron filtration but with somehow less inhalation resistance than most medical-grade respirators like the N95 respirator. This type of filtration is not present in any typical cloth masks.
This type of mask is effective because:
- The PM 2.5 filter used in this face mask is made from the same advanced material used in medical-grade respirators like the N95 and the KN95.
- PM 2.5 filter uses both mechanical and electrostatic barriers that are capable of blocking the very smallest nanoparticle. If this type of filter is used with a fitted face mask, it will provide a high degree of filtration from particles in the air.
- Aside from the high degree of filtration it gives when paired with a fitted face mask, it does not necessarily strain your heart because it is designed to allow a smooth breathing process for the user.
- The protection that this filter gives is convenient. This type of filter is flat, so it does not take up a lot of storage, and they take up little hold than the different respirators that are very bulky and hard to store.
- They retain effectiveness for years. Users can use PM 2.5 dust masks continuously for at least 16-24 hours (around 1 – 2 weeks of occasional use). Whenever it becomes harder to breathe, a user can just manually replace it with a new one.
- The result in laboratory testing discovered that a cotton mask with a PM 2.5 filter could achieve protection just a few percentage points less than the N95 and the KN95.