Understanding The Difference Between Ear Loop Masks, Disposable N95 Respirators and Air Purifying Respirators with P100 Filters

For a lot of job sites and healthcare settings, safety masks and respirators are an essential piece of personal protective equipment designed to reduce exposure to airborne contaminants.  Protect yourself from invisible airborne particles by investing in a respirator or mask properly fitted to your face.

 

How do you know what mask to wear?

Ear Loop MaskEar Loop Mask

EAR LOOP MASK

N95 RESPIRATOR

AIR PURIFYING RESPIRATOR W/ P100 FILTERS

Testing & Approval

Cleared by the US Food & Drug administration (FDA) but does not have a National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) rating.

Evaluated, tested & approved by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to ensure the filtering face piece can remove at least 95% of airborne particles.

Evaluated, tested & approved by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to ensure the filter can remove at least 99.97% of airborne particles.

Intended Use & Purpose

Fluid resistant and provides the wearer protection against large droplets, splashes or sprays. Typically worn by healthcare workers and help by capturing the wearer’s respiratory droplets to protect the patient against contamination.

Fluid resistant and provides the wearer protection against large droplets, splashes or sprays. 

A reusable full or half face respirator can be washed and reused. New P100 filter cartridges can be changed out as needed. A P100 rating is the highest for personal respiratory protection designed to help protect the wearer from exposure to airborne particles.

Proper Fit

This is a loose fitting mask with ear loop straps to hold it over the users nose and mouth.

This form fitting “cup” design creates  a tight seal on the wearers face when both head straps are in place.

Reusable respirators come in Small, Medium and Large and feature adjustable head straps.  These masks are designed to fit tightly and create a seal between the user’s face and the respirator mask.

Fit Testing Required?

No fit test requirement because this mask does not form a seal on the wearers face.

Yes, a fit test is required to ensure the shape of the mask forms a seal on the wearers face.

Yes, a fit test is required to ensure the shape and size of the respirator mask forms a seal on the wearers face.

Filtration

Cleared by the US Food & Drug administration (FDA) but does not have a National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) rating.

Filters out at least 95% of airborne particles.

The P100 particulate filters attach to the respirator mask and filter at least 99.97% of airborne particles.

Overall Rating

Low protection

Moderate protection

High protection

SECI™ staff are not trained medical professionals and therefore cannot give medical advice. You can find additional information about the Coronavirus from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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