Our range of 3M masks include both the 3M 8210 and 3M 8511 ranges. These disposable face masks are also referred to as N95 masks with the Chinese national standard equivalent referred to as the KN95 face mask. All of these face shields are designed with a special inner filtration layer that actively stops you from inhaling 95% of airborne particulates which includes the germs responsible for causing respiratory sickness like the flu and other diseases caused by a virus.
Our range of protective face wear, including our selection of medical masks, are available to buy online now and in wholesale quantities. We ship from within the US to any US address meaning that you enjoy fast and direct delivery of your order. Buying your disposable particulate masks in bulk, including our N95 respirators, is the best way of ensuring that you get the quantity you need to protect yourself against inhaling dangerous germs and other airborne particulates.
The 3M masks range have been specifically designed and manufactured to ensure that they provide optimal protection and help to prevent the inhalation of dangerous particles and also help to prevent the spread of airborne germs that can cause widespread disease. The 3M 8210 face mask and the 3M 8511 face mask have been authorized for emergency use by healthcare professionals. They are NIOSH approved for at least 95% filtration efficiency against non-oil based particles which means they are an effective particulate respirator for virus protection.
Why is this an important distinction when searching for which type of respiratory protection works best for your needs? Because not all face shields offer the same kind or same level of protection. For example, a standard surgical face mask has been designed to prevent the wearer from spreading their own germs but does not actively filter germs out of the air that the wearer is breathing. The 3M masks range in 8210 and 8511 designs actually do filter the air that you’re breathing as well as effectively stop you from spreading germs you may have through the face mask making them a stronger antiviral form of protection than conventional medical masks without the in-built filter design. It is also able to filter out other air pollutants like smoke and dust effectively too.
These types of masks have been manufactured using a very specific and specialised process known as melt blowing which forms the inner protective layer which acts as an air filter for the mask wearer. This filter is responsible for tightly controlling what can be breathed through the mask and will only work effectively if worn correctly, disposed of correctly and worn in adherence to the manufacturer’s instructions and warnings.
To ensure that you receive the maximum respiratory protection while you are wearing your mask, you must ensure that it fits as per the manufacturer’s intention. For example, the 3M Masks available to buy online now must be worn over the nose and mouth completely. They must form a snug seal close to your skin so you must wear your masks as tightly as it comfortable to ensure that you are always breathing through the protective layer and not around it.
For this reason, you may not find that the 3M Masks for sale available in this design actually work for your needs. Anybody with facial hair may find it difficult to achieve the snug fitting seal that the mask needs to work effectively. Kids are similarly affected as the 3M Masks available are offered only in a generic adult size.
The 3M Masks available offering a high protection factor of 95% are designed to resemble a duck’s bill. The reason for this is because a duckbill design has proven to be the most intuitive type for wearing comfortably over the face without affecting sight or hearing ability. Despite it being the most intuitive design, they are not always found comfortable to wear by all people so ensure you are prepared for some discomfort if you are wearing one for the first time.
It may be a good idea to arrange for some fitting tests before you wear your 3M Masks outdoors and are relying completely on their protection rating. Some people often find that breathing is a little laboured when they first put on their protective face mask and are unused to the sensation of breathing through a filter. Because you are drawing breath through the filtration layer, you are having to work slightly harder than you would otherwise expect to work while breathing.
If you experience any shortness of breath, then remove the mask immediately. If your normal breathing rhythm fails to return, then you should consult a healthcare professional immediately. There are alternative types of masks which do not offer the same level of protection but are still worth considering. They will still help you minimise your chances of inhaling airborne germs. These masks are not reliant on a firm seal or on your ability to draw breath through a filter so you may find that wearing an alternative mask helps you to breathe easier.
A standard surgical masks is a much looser fitting face mask. This type of mask is generally for ensuring that the wearer is unable to spread infected droplets and other fluid when they cough, sneeze or breathe. It can provide some protection against inhaling other people’s germs or illnesses, but it does not guarantee this in the same way the 3M Masks are able to. There is no inner filtration layer within a standard medical mask and while it must be snug fitting to the face, it is not as vitally important that a firm and complete seal is achieved while wearing it.
Regardless of the type of 3M Mask that you choose to wear, you should not try to reuse it once it has been worn. These types of face masks are completely disposable and are not washable or reusable. They can typically be worn for up to 8 hours but ensure you check the manufacturer’s warnings and instructions before you rely on your protective face mask to offer you complete protection. If the filter layer has become moist – irrespective of how long you have been wearing your mask – you should replace it with a fresh one as this indicates that the filter is no longer working at peak efficiency.
The mask’s effectiveness relies on it being worn correctly and disposed of correctly. When you dispose of your used 3M Masks, ensure that they are placed in the trash and that you wash and sanitise your hands after removing your mask.
During times of peak illness such as global pandemics, it is safer to limit your exposure to potential illness and try not to leave spaces and controlled environments like your home unless you are equipped with antiviral protection like our range of 3M Masks. These masks can be difficult to find in stock when everybody needs them which is why you can rely on us to provide you with wholesale quantities shipped from within the US. Enjoy fast delivery and complete protection when you purchase 3M Masks online from us.