KN95 Face Mask a Detailed Guide by Enviro Protective Gear

In this COVID-19 pandemic, we have heard many different types of face masks and the KN95 Face Mask is one of them. This KN95 Mask comes with 5 layer protection against viruses, bacteria, and dust. 

To know more about the KN95 Mask let’s read the article.

Table of content

  • What is KN95 Face Mask 
  • KN95 mask: Standards and certification 
  • Comparison between the KN95 Face Mask and other protective masks
  • The KN95 Face Mask and reusable fabric masks
  • The KN95 mask and surgical mask
  • The KN95 mask and the FFP2 respiratory mask
  • The thing to know about KN95 Mask

What is KN95 Face Mask

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The KN95 respiratory protection face mask is an FFP (Filtering Facepiece Respirators) type respirator with an antiparticle filter. 

It is an individual medical protection device that serves to filer dust and particles suspended in the air and thus protect its wearer against viral agents that are transmitted by droplets (influenza, coronavirus, etc).

The particularity of the KN95 face masks is its filtration rate which is 95%. It can therefore block up to 95% of particles, even the finest up to 0.3 microns.

By wearing this disposable respiratory protection masks and using it correctly, the wearer is protected against pathogens, but also against inhalation of dust, gas, smoke, etc.

KN95 mask: Standards and certification

The KN95 respiratory protection mask is disposable. Its US equivalent is the N95 mask which also filters 95% of fine particles and meets US NIOSH-42CFR84 standards. Its European equivalent is the FFP2.

Names are different but the product and work are the same. European standards call EN 149-2001 to their N95 mask and have a filtration efficiency rate of 94%.

It is to know that the masks which respect the standards other than Europe have now received approval to be imported and used in certain countries of Europe such as France or Switzerland. 

The National Research and Security Institute (INRS) has certified KN95 as being able to be used in the flights against Covid-19. At the same time, the 3M Company has validated its certification as being equivalent to the European FFP2 certification. 

Here is the filtration rate of FFP masks is defined as follows:

  • The FFP1 mask filters 80% of small particles;
  • The FFP2 mask filters 94% of small particles;
  • The FFP3 mask filters 98% of small particles.

Here Enviro Protective Gear ISO 9001 certified one of the best KN95 mask manufacturers in Gurugram, India. Our aim to make the best protective equipment available for the safety of our customers, especially in the face of this pandemic. 

Comparison between the KN95 Mask and other protective masks

The coronavirus health crisis has created a shortage of protective masks around the world, prompting everyone to purchase different types of masks.

The KN95 Face Mask and reusable fabric masks

Reusable face mask, designer masks are made from fabric. They are therefore washable and reusable. Like the KN95 Face Mask, they manage to limit the projection of droplets, they do not have filters that stop the particles, as is the case with the KN95 respiratory mask. 

The probability that these fabric masks protect against the virus is quite less, its rate of protection is limited to 70%. In general, the use of an artisanal mask serves more to prevent the entourage of the wearer from being infected.

The KN95 mask and the surgical mask

Surgical mask

KN95 Face Mask and a surgical mask are both disposable masks and protect against penetration of droplets. They do not, however, offer the same level of protection. 

The surgical mask / medical mask is less waterproof and more flexible and only works to filter the large particles with the diameter of more them 5 microns. 

Its level of protection against particles is 80% and it does not protect against the inhalation of the pathogen. The KN95 Face Mask has a more efficient filter that blocks infection aerosols. 

The 5 layered KN95 Face Mask filtration system can stop micro particles down to 0.3 microns. The protection rate or stop of penetration is 95%. This makes the KN95 far more secure.

The KN95 mask and the FFP2 respiratory mask

Both KN95 and FFP2 are filter respirators. They refer to the same type of mask, with the difference that the KN95 meets Chinese standards GB2626-2006 and FFP2 meet European standards EN 149-2001. The use and level of protection of these two disposable masks are similar.

How to use KN95 Face Mask?

For the respiratory protection to be effective, it is recommended to use it properly:

  • Men should shave their face/beard before wearing the KN95 face Mask
  • Wash your hands properly with soap, water or you can also use hand sanitizer to avoid contaminating the mask.
  • Place it on your mouth and nose making sure the bottom part is covered and sealed properly.
  • Pick the below thread and place it below the ear
  • Pick the top thread and place it over the ear
  • Secure the nasal protection securely to the bridge of the nose by pinching it.
  • Make sure the mask fits properly (air sealed) to your face
  • Check that there is no leakage of air around you.

The thing to know about KN95 Mask

While wearing the KN95 Face Mask, avoid touching it again and again. As you remove it, pull the straps over your head without touching the front part of the mask and throw it in a safe place. Then wash your hands properly.

The KN95 mask is not reusable and should not be worn for more than 8 hours per day. To be on the safe side, change it after 4 hours of wearing it, even if it gets dirty or wet.

If you want to wear it for eight-nine hours, remember to take a breath at an empty place after 4 houses.