Face masks for sale in Australia
Wearing face masks Australia wide is becoming standard practice across all parts of the country. But now it is confusing as you don’t know which mask to buy. There are so many different grades, different countries certifications, some are called respirators some are called masks.
We have a range of face masks and deliver medical, P2, FFP2, Kn95 and N95 masks Australia wide. We have all types of face masks for sale and in stock.
There are a range face masks for sale in Australia and we aim to clarify what they are.
N95 Masks Australia
When the Australian Standard is a P2 Dust Mask, why are we seeing peopel wearing a KN95 face mask and N95 masks for sale Australia?
It can be confusing as on international news they speak about N95, Niosh , OSHA or a FDA mask. This refers to the USA standard certifying this type of face mask. A KN95 is the Chinese Standard for particulate respirators- and many manufacturers are in China.
The reason why you are seeing recommendations for KN95, FFP2 and N95 masks Australia wide is because there is an issue with supply of P2 Respirators / P2 face masks. Here are some reasons why:
- Many Australian certified P2 masks for sale were used up in the bushfires in Victoria and NSW in January.
- People with family in China bought and sent PPE to their loved ones after the bushfire to help them in times of shortage.
- Most suppliers in China largely focus their manufacturing on their own local standards (KN95)
- Factories in China know that if they get their PPE certified to UK or USA standards, there is a large pool of people to sell these respirators to.
- Australia is a drop in the ocean on global manufacturing terms. We are finding it difficult to get factories to make AS/NZ standard as we just are not a large player in the market. It’s basic economics.
This is why you are seeing global standards other than P2 mask for sale Australia on the market here. In times like this, as long as there are particulate respirators for sale available, we just need to educate ourselves about the certification standards around the globe.
Wondering where to buy N95 masks in Australia?
Did you know that we can deliver your face mask Australia wide? If you have been wondering where to buy N95 masks, we have all types of masks for sale dispatching from Canberra.
We have trusted brands in stock. We dispatch directly from Canberra, and deliver face masks to Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane as well as delivering Australia wide
Buy N95 Mask vs a P2 Face Mask Australia
There are a lot of similarities between a N95 mask for sale, a P2 mask for sale and other global equivalent respirator standards. People often use the names interchangeably. The main difference is which country’s standards are used in assessing samples of the manufacturer’s products.
The N95 is the NiOSH (USA testing requirements) and the P2 represents the Australian testing requirements.
N95 face masks are examples of personal protective equipment, or protective facemasks that help protect you from airborne particles.
The ‘N95’ designation means that during testing of samples, the respirator blocks at least 95 percent of microscopic particles. In Australia, P2 masks for sale block at least 94 percent of microscopic particles. This provides very little difference in respiratory protection to wearer.
Global Standards of N95 Masks for Sale
There are many other global standards that are used to test the effectiveness of N95 masks for sale. Authorities may reference “equivalent” respirator standards. This means that a P2 face mask is a similar global standard to a N95 face mask.
That means that you can look at other global standards than your local standard when supply of your own countries standard is low.
- Here in Australia our standard is for P2 Respirators. A certified P2 mask for sale in Australia meets the Australian and NZ Standard: AS/NZS 1716:2012. So the P2 is equivalent to N95.
- In the UK you have a FFP2 mask certified under European EN 149-2001
- Whereas in China the equivalent certified respirators are called a KN95 mask under GB2626-2006
- In Japan they are DSMasks / DS Respirators certified under JMHLW-Notification 214, 2018.
- And In Korea they are certified as 1st class under KMOEL – 2017-64.
Here’s a handy fact sheet by 3M showing how similarly these particulate respirators are by the testing that certifies them.
Disposable Construction Masks Australia
Most N95 masks are for use in construction, mining and other industrial type jobs that expose workers to dust and small particles.
If properly fitted, the filtration capabilities exceed those of standard face coverings.
Generally N95 and equivalent certified standard respirators are disposable. If your face mask is reusable, check the certification of your product to ensure it complies. While a reusable facemask may offer some protection, many are not compliant with the high standards of disposable respirators.
Why would I need a P2 Dust Mask / N95 Respirator?
If you are doing any cutting, grinding, welding, or even activities around the home like using a garden blower it is important to protect yourself from microscopic airborne particulates with a N95 or P2 mask in Australia.
Once breathed in these particles can cause havoc on your respiratory system, and potentially can cause long term health issues.
P2 dust masks are also use for air pollution smog, protecting you when air quality is particularly bad.
This high standard of facial respirators are considered the best facial protection for most aspects of the construction industry.
Availability of a N95 Mask Australia Wide
If you are wondering where to buy a N95 mask you don’t have to worry, you can buy masks online through Paragon Tools. We have been working hard to ensure we can continue to deliver N95 masks Australia wide. We also have face coverings complying to other global standards, and now stock medical masks as well.
Respirator Bulk Buys
Are you wondering where to buy respirators in bulk? If you wish to do a N95 or KN95 mask bulk order for your business or organisation, or if you are a reseller looking to buy masks in wholesale quantities- just contact us for a customised quote.
The benefit in buying a P2 N95 mask in bulk is that we can do a better price for you per respirator. So if you are looking to bulk buy N95 masks, then give us a call.
Bulk Masks Australia
Bulk buys can be anything from 100 to wholesale volumes of 10,000 facemasks. The price per particulate respirator will be relative to the size of the order.
The best option for bulk are our Softmed, Tai Da Kang, 3m and Medinc brands as we have plenty in Australia ready to go.
What are P2 Masks?
P2 masks for sale from both construction and medical suppliers are a different type of face covering that you would see in your standard doctor or dental surgery. A P2 dust mask is made from high density non woven fabric. When worn correctly, they create a tight seal on your face reducing particles from being breathed in- they are known as a particulate respirator.
What is the difference between a Construction N95 Respirator and a Surgical N95 Respirator in Australia?
Construction N95 Respirators:
These are different to surgical respirators in that they are not designed to deal with high velocity splashes, sprays, or splatters of blood or body fluids. A construction N95 face mask has still gone through a rigorous testing process and are extremely high performing. P2 dust masks like the Pro-Choice brand, offer a secure fit and a filtration efficiency of at least 95% against non-oily particles when tested.
Surgical N95 Face Masks in Australia:
A Surgical N95 face mask has an extra layer of testing and certification to ensure they provide fluid protection. These come in both sterile and non-sterile options and are non-valved .
Are N95 masks medical grade?
Not all N95 masks in Australia are for medical use. In fact, most N95 masks are made for construction, mining and industry. N95 masks and medical N95 masks are similar as they block out ≥ 95% of very small (0.3 micron) particles.
In Australia, medical masks for sale must be registered with the TGA and will have an ARTG number. Some higher grade medical N95 respirators such as Surgical N95 masks, have also been tested for resistance against high velocity splatters of blood and bodily fluids.
Note: P2 respirator masks with no valve
Some N95 / P2 masks for sale have an exhalation valve. This makes it more comfortable to wear for long periods of time as it manages moisture build up. The valved-mask is for applications where the air breathed out does not need to be filtered.
Any valved P2 Mask for sale is for construction / industrial / bushfire smoke filtration purposes. Medical masks do not have a exhalation valve. If you are using against viruses, use one of the non-valved masks for sale as they filter air both breathed in and out.
We sell both valved and non-valved masks Australia wide.
Delivery to Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and around Australia
Not looking for a N95 mask for sale? Go back to our main product page.
Fit check instructions provided by the Victorian Government of Australia. These fitting instructions are for the head strap style of particulate respirators.
Please note: some particulate respirators, notably the ones certified under Chinese KN95 regulation are the earloop style and have a slightly different fitting process than detailed above. Please refer to the instructions on your respirator packaging.
A combination of strategies to reduce your risk
So it is important that you focus on things including but not limited to:
- social distancing measures- stay 1.5m apart!
- washing your hands with antibacterial soap and water
- taking hand sanitiser with you to the shops and for example clean your hands before reentry to your car
- remember not to put your hand under your facemask or touch your eyes
- limit sharing of items within your household
- if you are in the medical field, consider other protective clothing such as hazmat suits, face shields and protective eyewear and gloves
- quarantine obligations for those who this applies
P2 masks for sale for Bushfire Smoke
Have you got bushfire smoke in your area? Bushfire smoke creates very fine particulate matter.
Inhaling PM2.5 particles is the main concern during bushfires. This is because they are small enough to get deep into the lungs and enter the bloodstream.
They are so small that they can pass through most types of face mask. You will get the best protection from P2 face mask which can block at least 95 percent of very small (0.3 micron) particles when fitted properly. Handkerchiefs and bandannas are not effective for bush fire smoke, as they do not have the proper filtration to combat such small particles.
Our P2 masks for sale are able to filter out very fine particles from the air when worn correctly. They help reduce exposure to bushfire smoke/ poor air quality and associated health effects. In times where bushfire smoke is present, it is recommended that you wear a P2 facemask outdoors and stay inside as much as possible.
Are you in Canberra, Melbourne, Victoria or Sydney or else where in Australia and are surrounded by bushfire smoke outside? Are you finding it hard to work out where to buy N95 mask in Sydney, or wondering where to buy N95 mask in Melbourne due to shortages in supply? Don’t worry you can buy face masks online and we deliver N95 masks Australia wide, through our online store.
N95 Face Covering For Your Child
Can children wear P2 respirators?
People have been seen advocating altering P2 respirators so they fit their child or even their baby. Did you know that children are not supposed to wear a P2 respirator or N95 respirator unless they are over 14 years of age?
This is because the intake of their breath just is not strong enough to draw air through the filter material. This then becomes dangerous, as your kid can become at risk of suffocation. The other problem with using a standard N95 facemask for kids is that it will be too big for their face. You are better off with a child size facemask that is not a respirator. But keep in mind, any child less than 2 should not wear any face covering at all!
If you have a child who is over 14, the “small faces” mask may be a good choice. But just remember – no N95 facemasks for kids under 14 years old!
If you need advice on what facemask your child can wear, please consult with a professional.
P2 Face Masks in Stock
Generally, P2 facemasks are for construction and industrial purposes. But recent events have meant that people have had to come to tool shops to buy industrial P2 facemasks. Please note, that medical masks will be specifically marked and advertised as such. If a P2 respirator mask does not say it is for medical / therapeutic use, it is for occupational or home use.
What to wear when travelling?
The best facial covering for travel should keep you safe and secure, while also being comfortable to wear even if you have a long journey. Just think, you will have it on from check-in to baggage claim. Comfort will depend on how tight it is as well as how breathable it is, so you won’t feel like you’re suffocated by the middle of your flight.
Another thing to consider is that some attractions and stores might still require you to wear a face covering as well, so even after you arrive at your holiday destination, you’ll probably still need to keep a protective face covering on hand.
Face coverings, do I actually need one?
Did you know that it is scientifically proven that if everyone wears facemasks transmission of viruses is much lower? That is because some droplets from our breath are very light and they float around in the air for many hours after we have left. Not only that, when we talk to each other we are actually shooting out little droplets in our breath towards the other person. That is why the government recommends that you stay 1.5m apart as well as wearing a face covering.
Basically they have found that face coverings not only help prevent you from catching illness, they also stop you from spreading illness. Did you know that illnesses spread before the person actually feels sick? A common misconception is that when you feel fine, you are not spreading harmful viruses. But before that virus takes hold and symptoms show, you are actually contagious. This means that once you are displaying symptoms it is often too late, and you have already shared your germs around. That is why it is a good idea to wear a face mask when you are out, as it not only protects you from catching anything, but it also protects you from sharing germs on the chance that you are ill and you don’t know it.