Identifying Your
Respirators

We care, and therefore aim to keep you aware.

Respirators have become a hot commodity and are being sold worldwide people are rushing to buy Respirators without understanding the value of a Respirator and the purpose of their use. It is with regret that we find new players in the market preying on the vulnerable, having a poor supply chain, scam artists posing as suppliers, fake Respirators and finally what we call fashion Respirators. All these Respirators are “not fit for purpose” and are also being sold at high prices also known as price gouging. The end result is a high risk to you, the buyer, having purchased a Respirator which does not meet the high level of safety standard needed to properly filter and protect you from diseases such as the Covid-19, putting your health at risk, and also occurring a financial loss.

A “Respirator” (also known as Filtering Facepiece Respirator) such as the classes KN95, FFP or N95 are all high quality. Respirators that have a two-way, high filtration protection, to block droplets and aerosols, effectively safeguarding wearers and people around them from contracting viruses such as the Covid-19. When you buy a “Mask” (also known as a Surgical mask) you are not protected.

The following document link gives you an understanding of the Respirators available in the market.

From the classes of Respirators, the below are mostly in demand today:
KN95, GB2626-2006 /-2019
FFP2, CE, EN149:2001+A1:2009, EU2016/425
N95, NIOSH, 42CFR84

Signs to look out for if the Respirator you are purchasing is a fake or not?

Example of a real KN95

Example of a fake KN95

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KN95, NR, GB2626-2006 /-2019

  • No Markings at all on the filtering facepiece respirator
  • No GB2626-2006 /-2019 marking or spelled incorrectly
  • Presence of CE marking on the packaging and/or on the Respirator
  • Claims of FDA on the packaging and/or on the Respirator
  • FDA registration certificate used as proof of “FDA approval”
  • Loosely packed masks without any packaging or labelling
  • Hold your Respirator by the elastic bands, with the inside of the mask facing up, fill the mask with water, if water leaks then poor-quality Respirator.
  • When wearing the Respirator, hold a lighter six inches from the respirator, blow hard to extinguish the flame, if you can put the flame out, then the Respirator is of poor quality.

Example of a real FFP2

Example of a fake FFP2

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FFP2, CE, EN149:2001+A1:2009

  • No markings at all on the filtering facepiece respirator
  • No EN149:2001+A1:2009 marking or spelled incorrectly i.e EN149
  • No CE and NIOSH Approved. Must only be CE
  • Presence of FFP2 with KN95 or N95 on the packaging or Respirator
  • CE approved FFRs will always have 1 of the designations: FFP1, FFP2, FFP3
  • A real CE approved respirator has a label on or within the packaging of the Respirator, along with a 4-digit approval number. Look for the packaging and also look for evidence on the Respirator.
  • Please note, FFP2 exists also as foldable version.

Example of a real N95

Example of a fake N95

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N95, NIOSH-42CFR84

  • No markings at all on the filtering facepiece respirator
  • No approval (TC) number on filtering facepiece respirator or headband
  • No NIOSH marking, or NIOSH spelled incorrectly
  • Presence of decorative fabric or other decorative add-ons
  • Claims for the of approval for children (NIOSH disapproves for children)
  • Filtering Facepiece Respirator has ear loops instead of headbands
  • NIOSH-approved FFRs will always have 1 of the designations: N95, N99, N100, R95, R99, R100, P95, P99, P100
  • A real NIOSH approved respirator has a label on or within the packaging of the mask, along with an approval number. Look for the packaging and also look for evidence on the Respirator.

VCare sources high quality PPE and Testing products by working directly with reliable manufacturers. Our strong supply chain and long-lasting relations produce authenticity and reliability. It is our obligation to be transparent about our products and we ensure our clients always receive the very best of service and quality.

The main challenge today with sourcing the right PPE and Testing is the lack of transparency about the availability of supplies and the lack of trust between buyers and new vendors.

For a free and friendly consultation, give our Sales Director, Mohaned Sharifh, a ring on
+44  7707  797799

 

Courtesy Reminder
Understand the difference between a Surgical Mask (aka a Mask) and a Respirator (aka Filtering Facepiece Respirator; Disposable Respirator). A Surgical Mask, a basic Mask or a Fashion Mask cannot offer you protection from harmful viruses such as the Covid-19.