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When the Australian Standard is a P2 Mask, why are we seeing N95 Masks Australia spoken about?
It can be confusing as on international news they speak about N95, Niosh Masks, OSHA or FDA masks. This refers to the USA standard certifying this type of mask.
The reason why you are seeing recommendations for N95 Mask Australia is because there is an issue with supply of P2 Respirators / P2 Facemasks. Here are some reasons why:
This is why you are seeing other global standards of respirators on the market here in Australia. In times like this, as long as protection comes our way, we just need to educate ourselves about the certification standards around the globe.
There are many other global standards that are used to test the effectiveness of N95 masks for sale.
Authorities may reference “N95, FFP2, or equivalent” respirator standards. This means that P2 mask equivalent to N95.
That indicates that you can look to other global standards than our local P2 face mask standard when choosing a N95 face mask when supply of your own countries standard is low.
Here’s a handy fact sheet by 3M showing how similarly these masks are by the testing that certifies them.
If you are wondering where to buy N95 mask near me you don’t have to worry, you can buy masks online through Paragon Tools. We have been working hard to ensure we have supply of masks and deliver them across Australia.
Did you know that we sell N95 Masks, P2 Masks and other respirators in bulk? If you wish to do a N95 mask bulk order for your business or organisation, or if you are a reseller looking to buy N95 masks in wholesale quantities- just contact us for a customised quote.
The benefit in buying in bulk is that we can do a better price for you per mask. So if you are looking to bulk buy N95 masks, then give us a call. Bulk buys can be anything from 50 masks to wholesale volumes of 10,000 masks. The price per unit will be relative to the size of the order.
There are a lot of similarities between a N95 mask for sale and a P2 mask for sale. People often use the name interchangeably. The main difference is which country’s standards are used in assessing samples of the manufacturer’s mask.
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 masks 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 block at least 94 percent of microscopic particles. This provides very little difference in respiratory protection to wearer.
P2 masks for sale are a different type of mask that you would see in your standard doctor or dental surgery. These P2 masks are 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.
Some N95 masks / P2 masks have a exhalation valve. This makes it more comfortable to wear for long periods of time as it manages moisture build up. The valved P2 mask is for applications where the air breathed out does not need to be filtered. An example of this is that medical P2 Masks do not have a exhalation valve.
Most P2 respirators for sale in Australia 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 of P2 face masks exceed those of face masks.
Generally N95 masks and equivalent certified standard respirators are disposable. If your mask is reusable check the certification of your product to ensure it complies. While a reusable mask may offer some protection, many are not compliant with the high standards of disposable respirators.
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 mask Australia.
Once breathed in they can cause havoc on your respiratory system, and potentially can cause long term health issues.
P2 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.
Construction N95 Mask Australia: These are different to surgical N95 Masks 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 face masks. P2 masks Australia offer a secure fit and a filtration efficiency of at least 95% against non-oily particles when tested.
Surgical N95 Mask Australia: A Surgical N95 Mask has an extra layer of testing and certification to ensure they provide fluid protection. These come in both sterile and non-sterile options. These are non-valved masks.
According to 3M Personal Safety Division
For workers who will not be performing such surgical procedures or do not need to maintain a sterile field, a standard non-surgical N95 (or equivalent) respirator can be worn to help reduce those workers’ exposure.
Not looking for a N95 mask for sale? Go back to our main product page.
Fit check instructions provided by the QLD Government of Australia. These fitting instructions are for the headband 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.
As outlined by the US Food and Drug Administration of America “even properly fitted N95 respirators do not eliminate the risk of illness or death” and “it is important to recognize that the optimal way to prevent airborne transmission is to use a combination of interventions from across the hierarchy of controls, not just PPE alone.”
So it is important that you focus on things including but not limited to:
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 face mask outdoors and stay inside as much as possible.
If you are finding it hard to determine where to buy a N95 Mask Australia then we should be able to help.
There is a lot of interest in our Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and we are continuing to find alternative ways to buy P2 Masks so we can help you find our mask shop and buy P2 masks online.
People have been seen advocating altering P2 masks so they fit their child or even their baby. Did you know that children are not supposed to wear a P2 Mask or N95 mask 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 mask 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.
If you have a child who is over 14, the “small faces” mask by 3M model 8110S may be a good choice. But just remember – no N95 mask for kids under 14 years old!
If you need advice on what mask your child can wear, please consult with a professional.
Generally, P2 face masks are for construction and industrial purposes. But recent events with the Coronavirus (Covid-19) have meant that people have had to come to tool shops to buy industrial P2 masks.
If you are looking for a mask shop to buy:
If you are wondering where to buy masks, we have N95 mask for sale and in stock and we are trying to keep the price down as much as possible. We are a small business and are working hard to dispatch P2 mask sale orders as quickly as possible.
A P2 Mask is an Australian regulated particulate respirator designed to filter out ≥ 94% of very small (0.3 – 0.6 micron) particles. A certified P2 Mask complies with AS/NZS 1716:2012. If properly fitted, the filtration capabilities of P2 face masks exceed those of standard medical masks and surgical masks.
The majority of P2 and N95 masks are used in construction, industrial and mining applications, so the first place you should look to buy a N95 mask is from a tool shop or workplace safety shop. During extreme bushfire periods and pandemic situations you may find P2 and N95 masks in pharmacies and through medical suppliers but you should leave medical masks for the professionals.
A P2 Mask is considered an equivalent to an N95 mask. A P2 Mask is certified against Australian standards, and a N95 is certified against American standards. Both P2 Masks and N95 masks, when fitted properly, provide a high level of respiratory protection against non-oil based airborne particles.
Most P2 Masks can be worn for 8 hours depending on the conditions of use. In times of poor air quality this time may be shorter. In health care settings, where the masks can become contaminated, health authorities and/or workplace management may shorten their recommended usage time.
P2 Masks filter out ≥ 94% of 0.3 – 0.6 micron particles in smokey air which can cause long term health issues. A charcoal P2 Mask is a variant that not only filters out these particles, but also reduces the smell of smoke.
The standard shelf life of a N95 mask is 5 years from the date of manufacture. According to the Australian Therapeutic Goods Association (TGA), while not recommended, where there is low supply and/or high demand, masks can be used past their shelf life.
Not all N95 masks are medical grade, 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 N95 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.
Not all dust masks or face masks are created equal. A P2 mask exceeds the filtration performance of dust masks and is often recommended in pandemic or emergency situations. But generally any type of mask provides better protection than no mask at all. Please refer to the manufacturer instructions on whether your mask is designed to protect you from the flu. Note: No mask can provide complete protection in any circumstance. Masks are designed to work with other safety precautions to protect you from hazards.