Food and Drug Administration (FDA): Cleared
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH): Evaluated and Tested 42 CFR Part 84
Splash protection for the user against potentially hazardous fluids. Most effective against large particles.
Small and large particle aerosolization protection (non-oil)
Not considered respiratory protection and does not reliably protect the user from aerosolized particles.
Tight-fitting: Fit testing required.
Loose-fitting: No fit testing required.
Can capture at least 95% of large and small aerosolized particles.
The edges of the mask are not tightly fit to the user. Leakage occurs around the edges.
Fit testing ensures that minimal leakage occurs around the edges. Threrefore, nearly all airflow passes through the filter
Click the link to learn more about frequently asked PPE questions from the Center of Desease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Personal Protective Equipment: Questions and Answers. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2020 Mar 14 [accessed 2020 Apr 13].