3M 8210 N95 Particulate Respirator Mask (Bulk Wholesale for Medical Facilities)
Masks were once relegated to mostly health and factory workers, but the advent of Covid-19 has changed the narrative; almost everybody wears one. However, only a few people know the differences that exist between the types of masks out there. There are different types of face masks, and they serve different purposes. Their effectiveness also varies as they have distinctive features. Essentially, there are three types of face masks; surgical mask, N95 respirator, and homemade face mask.
3M 8210 N95 Mask – What is it?
Air pollutants and irritants can cause irritation to your upper respiratory tract. To protect yourself against this, the 3M 8210 N95 mask is just what you need. It is a disposable particulate respirator designed to reduce exposure to airborne particulates or contaminants and provide respiratory protection.
It is also a type of N95 Filtering Facepiece Respirator. What does N95 mean exactly?
N means it is not resistant to oil particles in the air. In other words, this mask should not be used for protection against oil particles. While 95, on the other hand, means it filters out 95% of all particulates of 0.3 microns or more. N95 Respirators (its abbreviated form) generally protect against the inhalation of particulates such as dirt, pollens, allergens, and even some bacteria.
3M 8210 N95 Mask has the following unique features that make it stand out from others.
- It has a cushioning nose foam to provide comfort while wearing it.
- It has two comfortable elastic, rubbery straps to help secure seal around the nose and mouth.
- To achieve a very close facial fit, it has an adjustable nose clip to help secure seal and fit the wearer’s face.
- It has a media filter for easy breathing.
- It is lightweight, weighing about 0.35 oz to increase wear time and greater work acceptance.
- It is 95% efficient in filtering airborne particles.
It is commonly used in dusty environments where there is either sanding, machining, bagging, sweeping, or grinding going on.
Not To Be Used For
- Protection against exposure to oil, gases, asbestos, vapors, etc.
- Filtering hypoxic ecosystem
Note: Contrary to popular belief, all masks do not serve the same purpose. When you are looking for masks to help protect against exposure to oil, the R and P Mask series make the best choice.
How to Use the 3M 8210 N95 Particulate Respirator Mask
The 3M 8210 Mask is worn almost the same way as most types of N95 masks. Follow these guidelines below to properly wear the mask.
Remove the mask from its packaging.
If you’re wearing a glass, take it off. If you’re not, proceed to step 3.
Grab the mask, cup it, and bring it to your face. Take the first strap, and pull it over your head till it settles on the crown of your head.
Take the bottom strap and pull it over the back of your neck, under your ears. If you have long hair, the strap should settle under it.
Check if the straps are not twisted and adjust accordingly. Using two fingers from both hands, mold the nose clips to the shape of your nose.
Finally, perform a seal check by placing your hands over the mask without touching it and blowing air forcefully. Ensure you do not feel air escaping around the borders of the mask. If you do, repeat step 5B and perform a seal check again. Now, you’re good to go.
Note: Make sure you’re not wearing a beard or makeup as these may negatively affect the fitting of the mask on your face. And a mask that doesn’t fit on the face will not protect the user from hazards.
Time Use Limitation:
A mask is only as good as how well you use it. The same applies to the 3M 8210 N95 mask. However, there are no official longevity guidelines provided for this mask. But, ideally, the mask should be replaced daily. Some people may use the mask for days, but it depends on the environmental conditions. The mask’s filtering ability may not falter, but its breathability may falter.
As a rule of thumb, change the mask once it becomes dirty, damaged, soiled, or difficult to breathe through.
Cleaning and Reuse:
Many people wash their 3M N95 Mask to keep it clean, but they don’t realize it is a bad practice. Never use any type of liquid to clean or wash the mask. Not even water. It will drastically reduce its efficiency.
Can 3M 8210 N95 Mask be reused? Well, it depends. It can be reused in cases where there’s a shortage of masks, as in the case of the COVID-19 pandemic. But that decision should be left to the professionals.
Shelf Life of the 3M 8210 N95 Mask
At standard conditions, it is established that the mask can last for 5 years. However, you should know it has expired when its elastic bands, nose piece, or seal is damaged. It is advisable you manually inspect your mask before us.
Special Information About 3M 8210 N95 Mask
3M 8210 N95 Mask is an ideal mask for protection against airborne particulates or contaminants. It is recommended for industries such as mining, construction, medical, transportation, etc.
When buying this mask, some of the checkboxes you should tick are, there are some; always look for a NIOSH-approved label on the packaging, check if it is damaged before use. Check with your health care provider before use. And finally, always read and understand the instructions on the package before use.
Here’s a breakdown of the special information about 3M N95 masks you need to know.
- Its buckle strand is not adjustable.
- It does not filter carbon material.
- It can filter out particulates with a diameter of 0.3 microns or more.
- Some key differences between it and 3M 8210 N95 Plus exist such as; 3M N95 Plus has a larger diameter and covers a larger area, 3M N95 Plus uses a nylon rope headband instead of the rubber-made strap of 3M N95, unlike 3M N95 Mask, 3M N95 Plus comes with an advanced media filter, and staple free attachment points, etc.
Where Can You Buy 3M 8210 N95 Mask?
If you live in the USA, you can order the mask in bulk from PPE Hospital Suppliers online or purchase in stores starting at around $3-5 per unit.