People are notorious for distributing counterfeit products. Unfortunately, this is not different from Kn95 masks as they are being copied. This is especially owing to the current surge in demand of the masks, as the coronavirus takes the world by storm. Luckily, the CDC has come up with a site illustrating the difference between real and fake respirators, especially from China.
However, it is easy to identify counterfeit respirators as those approved by NIOSH contain an approval label within or on its packaging (on the box or within the user’s instructions). Also, a truncated approval is on FFR. Moreso, individuals, can verify the provided approval number on CEL (Certified Equipment List). They can also use the NIOSH Trusted Source site to determine whether the mask has been approved. FFRs that are approved always have one of these designations: P100, R100, N100, N95, R95, N99, P95, P99, and R95.
Signs that a Kn95 mask is Fake
• The headband or filtering facepiece respirator does not contain the TC (approval) number
• There are no any markings on the respirator
• You cannot locate NIOSH markings
• The word NIOSH is not spelled correctly
• The mask has a decorative fabric
• Claims that the mask is approved for kids (NIOSH don’t approve any kind of respiratory protection for young ones)
• The mask contains ear loops rather than headbands
Though counterfeits are always faithful in appearance, the real difference and danger lie in their liquid resistance, flammability, and permeability of the fabric used. Besides, all these are essential factors when it comes to the ability of the mask to filter contagions. Moreover, there are uncountable cases of Kn95 counterfeit sellers in the market. Therefore, it’s only natural that the majority of us have ourselves questioning how well our masks works or what the covers exactly do. Therefore, anyone will need to confirm whether the respirator they depend on is reliable or not.
It is unlikely that most of us have access to laboratory testing tools used by institutions such as OSHA to lay down their N95 value standards. These quality standards can also be applied to Kn95 face masks as they both offer a minimum of 95 percent filtration of airborne elements. According to sources, there are a number of ways you can test the quality of your facemask at home. They include:
1. Wear your mask
2. Six-inch from the mouth, hold and turn on a lighter
3. Try to put out the flame by blowing it.
A real mask: No matter the effort you put in blowing the flame, you cannot put it out.
A low-quality mask: You can extinguish the flame.
Reason: Certified Kn95 masks are created with breathable but strong full mesh nylon that meets the stringent standards for expiratory and inspiratory.
1. Wear your mask
2. Place some sweets on a flat surface
3. Try sniffing with and without the mask on
Legitimate mask: You catch scent faintly.
Uncertified mask: You catch the scent in full force.
Reason: A certified Kn95 mask is designed to filter at least 95% of particles.
1. Use the elastic bans to hold your mask with the inside facing up
2. Fill it up with water
Certified mask; they keep the water without any leakage.
Wrong mask: the water leaks.
Reason: Certified mask has a waterproof layer that protects the users from fluids.