As one of the leading designers and manufacturers of respirators in the world, 3M provides products that address the needs of both workplace, regulated applications, and do-it-yourself/home-owner, non-regulated applications. For workplace uses, employees may be exposed to known concentrations of harmful contaminants for part or all of the workday. In these situations, respirators are intended to help protect the wearer by reducing their exposure to airborne contaminants from a level that may be hazardous to one that is considered safe or acceptable according to government established levels. In addition, home users cannot easily determine exposure levels nor do they have ready access to the type of training medical evaluation and fit testing needed to be in compliance with workplace respirator standards. In these situations, respirators are intended to help keep non-harmful dusts and certain particles out of your nose, mouth and lungs and with some filters help eliminate annoying odors only.
This respirator is government approved by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) as an N95 class respirator and is designed for workplace, regulated uses and applications. NIOSH certification means the respirator has passed stringent government performance standards including filtration efficiency testing and provides at least 95% filtration efficiency solid and liquid particles that do not contain oil.
Use this respirator for particles such as those from grinding, sweeping, sawing, bagging or processing minerals, coal, iron ore, flour, metal, wood, pollen, and certain other substances. And for liquid or non-oil based particles from sprays that do not also emit oil aerosols or vapors.