Of all the personal protective equipment (PPE) available, the particulate respirators (9205) does a better job at minimizing the risk of inhaling contaminated airborne particles. They provide tight coverage to the nose and mouth of the wearer. The particulate respirators approved by the united states NIOSH are far more efficient than disposable surgical masks. They are available in a variety of ratings ranging from N95 to N100.

You must have come across several N95 particulate respirators of varying models online. Although all of these N95 respirators offer a minimum of 95% filtration efficiency against non-oil based, each of them has a uniqueness in their structure and other features.

This article is focused on the new 9205+ facepiece filtering particulate respirators, its exciting features, unique design, and filtering efficiency.

Particle Filtration

The 9205+, N95 is a NIOSH approved disposable particulate respirator, designed with a minimum filtration of 95% against non-oil based particles. The respiratory protection this quality personal protective equipment offers is not only reliable but also comfortable to use.

Like all other N95 particulate respirators, the filter designed for the 9205+ is composed of interlaced layers of polypropylene fibers. With such a filtration system, it is almost impossible for contaminated airborne particles to pass through the respirator, let alone enter into the user's nose and mouth. Also, the cover web of the 9205+ respirator is composed of the same polypropylene.

Comfort Enhancing Features

Nose foam

The nose foam is crafted from the Polyurethane fabric commonly used in home furnishings. Polyurethane material is made by joining two or more polymer resins using urethane links. The polyurethane fabric makes the nose foam soft, lightweight, and easily bendable. This feature makes the 9205+ more comfortable and wearable for longer hours. 

Nose clip

The Soft nose foam is soothing, but an adjustable nose clip heightens the comfort by offering a secure fit. 9205+ have an adjustable nose clip made out of metal, particularly aluminum for a lighter feel.  The adjustable nose clips allow you to control the seal, make it lose, or tighter however you please.

Headband

The 9205+, N95 has a dual non-adjustable headband stapled to the mask. This loop of braided elastic material minimally reduces the pulling of hair when trying to wear or remove the respirator. The straps have a material composition of polyisoprene. The staples for attaching them to the particulate respirator are made out of steel.

Shape

The flat-fold design of the 9205+ contributes to its portability. It is less-stressful to carry around and can be stored conveniently. The unique three-panel structure fortifies the respirator's ability to retain its shape and maintain its structural integrity.

The design of this particulate respirator features a nose panel etched according to the shape of your nose. It permits more space for a variety of eyewear to fit conveniently. The moist air we breathe out is warm, and it causes the eyewear to be hazy. The 9205+ is designed with a decorated top board to direct exhalation downwards, reducing the foggy effect, and making it more eyewear compatible.

The 9205+ crafted with a chin tab enables a proper donning and doffing procedure. Donning is the appropriate way to put on personal protective equipment, and doffing is a proper way of taking them off. It is essential to accurately know the logic behind wearing a disposable respirator to prevent it from getting contaminated easily. As a healthcare worker, after a long day of interacting with infected patients, proper putting off and disposing of a facepiece filtering respirator can help prevent a transfer of disease. The chin tab makes donning and doffing faster and more comfortable. Still, it also makes adjusting and positioning the respirator on the face as seamless as possible.

The 9205 respirator is very light, with an approximate weight of 0.350z.

Durability

Starting from the date of manufacture, the 9205+ has a shelf life of 5 years. This effective contamination shield is comfortable and durable. It can be worn intermittently or continuously for 8 hours in an atmosphere filled with bacterial and virus-infected air particles.

The 9205+, N95, is a disposable particulate respirator. Ideally, it should be disposed of immediately after use in a contaminated environment to reduce the spread of infection. However, as the pandemic continues to spread over cities, the United StatesStates continues to experience a shortage of personal protective equipment. Healthcare workers are forced to devise several means of reusing the limited personal protective equipment available.

The United States CDC and NIOSH do not certify the reuse of filtering facepiece particulate respirators. Nevertheless, they can't deny the apparent limitation in the availability of this vital piece of personal protective equipment. The tips below can help elongate the life span of a single 9205+ respirator.

  • Using a single piece of respirator excessively will lead to damages. It is advisable to buy a minimum of four 9205+ respirators and schedule their usage.
  • Immerse the respirator in a warm cleaning solution, not above 120 degrees F, and gently clean using a soft brush. Dry for at least 72 hours before donning. 
  • You can also hang the respirator for 30 minutes in an oven using a wooden clip. The temperature should be approximately 70 degrees c.
  • Combining the respirator with a face shield or surgical mask can also improve its durability.
  • Before wearing, removing, or repositioning the respirator, ensure you perform the necessary hand hygiene. Use alcohol-based sanitizers, and wash your hands with water and soap at all times.

When to discard the 9205+ particulate respirator

  • Dispose of when the respirator has been defiled with nasal or respiratory emissions, blood or other bodily fluids
  • After being within a close range of patients, co-contaminated with an infectious disease requiring precautionary contact measures.
  • If used in an aerosol-generating procedure.
  • Discard when respirator becomes difficult to breathe with due to some damages, no matter how minimal.

Storage

9205+ particulate respirator can be stored in its original packaging and kept anywhere as long as you avoid the following:

  • Dust
  • Sunlight exposure
  • Extreme temperatures
  • Harmful chemicals
  • Excessive dampness

Preferred temperature for best storage is between -4°F (-20°C) and +86°F (+30°C) and not exceeding 80% RH.

Certifications

The United States National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is in charge of approving filtering facepiece respirators. Before the NIOSH certifies an air-purifying respirator, it must have a minimum particle filtering efficiency of 95%. The 9205+, N95, is not resistant to oil. It filters 95% of the air particles a user breathes, and it is among the long list of NIOSH approved particulate respirators. However, this particulate respirator cannot serve for medical purposes. It has no issued certification from the FDA. The United States Food and Drug Agency (FDA) is responsible for approving personal protective equipment to be used as medical devices.

Some other NIOSH approved filtering facepiece respirators include:

Select a type of respirator to see all approved models:

N95 – filtration efficiency of at least 95%. It is resistant to solid, liquid, and airborne particles, but not immune to oil.

Surgical N95 – it is NIOSH approved. It has also been certified by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a surgical mask. It has a resistance to fluid and can withstand blood splash during a surgery.

N99 – filtration efficiency of at least 99%. It is resistant to solid, liquid, and airborne particles, but not immune to oil.

N100 – Filtration efficiency of at least 99.97%. It is resistant to solid, liquid, and airborne particles, but not immune to oil.

R95 – Filtration efficiency of at least 95%. It is resistant to solid, liquid, and airborne particles and partially resistant to oil.

P95 – Filtration efficiency of at least 95%. It is resistant to solid, liquid, and airborne particles and strongly resistant to oil.

P99 –  Filtration efficiency of at least 99%. It is resistant to solid, liquid, and airborne particles and strongly resistant to oil.

P100 – Filtration efficiency of at least 99.97%. It is resistant to solid, liquid, and airborne particles and strongly resistant to oil.

Applications

Despite its versatility, average civilians hardly paid any attention to the use of face masks or respirators, until the outbreak of the COVID-19. The 9205+ is very useful in minimizing the inhalation of certain airborne biological particles like Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Bacillus anthracis, mold, and the likes. Unknown to the majority, this filtering facepiece respirator isn't limited to the medical sector; it is also applicable in Sweeping, Grinding, Bagging, Sanding, and other arid or dusty operations. 9205+ respirators are also indispensable in industries like; Oil and Gas, General Manufacturing, Mining, Marine, and Transportation.

The 9205+ is designed to have a standard universal size that anyone can use regardless of their facial disparity.

 

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