Just what is does NIOSH-Approved mean?
NIOSH, or The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, is responsible for conducting research and making recommendations for the prevention of work-related injury and illness. NIOSH approved respirators were originally designed for workers in industrial settings to filter particulate matter.
NIOSH is directly involved in the testing and certification of respirators here in the United States. Not only does NIOSH review the manufacturer's test data, but it also performs independent tests on the respirators in governmental laboratories to verify the manufacturer's results.
In a trying time where it can be difficult to find a reliable or trustworthy source for face masks, NIOSH makes the extra effort to guarantee the safety and effectiveness of all respirators that receive its stamp of approval.
A few of the tests they run include flow rate, filter efficiency, and degradation, among others. After the initial approval, NIOSH will certify its classification as N, R, or P and its filter efficiency as either 95 percent, 99 percent, or 99.97 percent. Initially, inventory was limited to medical facilities and industrial settings, but as this pandemic has stretched on, production has increased and they are now often available to the general public.
So what do you get when you purchase a N95 NIOSH-Approved Respirator Mask from General Medical Supply? You get the rigorous vetting and testing process by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, you get high-level filtration, you get the NIOSH guaranteed stamp of approval, and because we have N95 NIOSH-approved masks in stock in our Georgia warehouse you get them at great low prices and shipped fast.
All of this isn’t to say that other face masks are less reliable or valuable in any way. All GMS face masks undergo similar high quality testing at a registered lab and cost less.
It’s important to shop with a reputable provider. At General Medical Supply, we are proud to offer premium quality face masks to individuals and business who seek to follow the CDC recommendations for wearing a facial covering while interacting with others to help prevent the spread of infectious diseases, including COVID-19 and influenza.
The NIOSH-approved N95 respirators at General Medical Supply were manufactured by Guangzhou Harley Commodity Company which is listed on the CDC Manufactures List.
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