KN95 Filtering Respirator Masks

What are KN95 Filtering Respirator Masks?

The KN95 mask is a filtering respirator mask that can be used in many industries. It gets its name from the fact that it filters 95 percent of particles that are three microns or larger. This allows it to provide an amazing level of protection from viruses, bacteria, dust, and other airborne particles.

Price Drop on KN95 Filtering Respirator Masks

We have been providing these masks to the public since the beginning of April, which was shortly after they became available. In the beginning, the prices of these masks were high due to lack of supply, resource scarcity, and the price of transporting them to the United States was high.

Now the price for these masks has dropped significantly as we are better able to predict the demand and bring more per shipment. Likewise, we are transporting them by boat instead of flying them in to help keep costs lower. Lastly, the industry has been better regulated, and the prices have stabilized a bit, helping us pass the savings on to our customers!

KN95 Filtering Respirator Masks Quantities

Since we serve a wide variety of industries, we offer a wide quantity for your convenience! We can sell our KN95 filtering respirator masks in quantities from 50 to 50,000!

Why Choose MF Supply for Your PPE Equipment?

The biggest reason why so many customers choose MF Supply for their KN95 filtering respirator masks is that the factories that we work with have all been vetted. We provide full certification. We have complete chain of custody on all of the products that we buy. We import directly from factories where we have feet on the ground over in China. And, we do offer masks that are independently tested and are on the authorized list for the FDA and the CDC, which means they can be used by front-line workers and health care professionals.

Learn More About KN95 Masks from MF Supply

If you want to get your hands on KN95 Filtering Respirator Masks, MF Supply is here for you! Contact us today or place your order online!


Back to Work Guidance – Safety and 4 PPE Products

Safely Reopening, Restarting, Renormalizing

New Jersey entered Stage Two of our recovery as Outdoor Dining and Indoor, Non-Essential Retail opened on June 15. On June 22 Hair Salons and Barber Shops Reopened. I had my first meal in a restaurant last week! I got to see the new Safety rules in action first hand. The servers and waitstaff wore assorted PPE including 3-Ply masks and rubber gloves that were changed constantly in order to minimize cross contamination.

Many of our customers have asked for help determining what PPE they should provide to their workforce. We like the NJMEP 2020 Return to Work and Recovery Guide published June 23, 2020. Below, we’ve summarized guidance taken from expert sources on the use of masks, respirators, gloves and hand sanitizer. It includes a chock full of information from experts that can help you return to work safely and compliantly.


Before you chose to implement any of the ideas suggested in thisdocument you must evaluate and determine, with the assistanceof your legal counsel, accounting and human resource teams, thelegality and effectiveness of the potential application captured in thisdocument.

FACE MASK OPTIONS

Many states require workers and customers to wear protective face coverings while on the premises or in the office. The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, especially in areas of significant community transmission. Cloth face coverings may prevent people who don’t know they have the virus from transmitting it to others. These face coverings are not surgical masks or respirators and are not appropriate substitutes for them in workplaces where masks or respirators are recommended or required.


Many organizations are providing Disposable 3-Ply Face Masks to their customers and staff. These Civilian Grade disposable masks that resemble Surgical masks are designed to filter out airborne germs, particulates, pollen, bacterial particles and droplets common in daily life. They are splash resistant, and reduce the risk of most droplets and secretions exhaled by the wearer from contaminating their surroundings. They should be constructed of non-woven polypropylene and electrostatic melt blown cloth. If they are China made, they should be certified to the standard GB/T 32610-2016. We recommend 3-Ply Civilian masks that are FDA Registered with lab test reports showing Bacterial Filtration Efficiency (BFE) of 90% of greater.

Please Note: Employees should continue to follow their routine policies and procedures for PPE (if any) that they would ordinarily use for their job tasks.

N95s & KN95 RESPIRATOR MASK GUIDANCE

N95 or alternative Respirator Masks including KN95s are appropriate for the following workers:

  • Employees with Broad Exposure
  • Cafeteria Workers
  • Deep-Cleaning Staff
  • Employees working closer than 6-feet
  • First Responders
  • Onsite Screening Team
  • Receptionists
  • Security Guards
  • Shipping/Receiving Employees

In response to respirator shortages caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the FDA issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for importing alternatives to the US NIOSH N95s. For more information on this directive, read the guidance here.
Please Note: Employees should continue to follow their routine policies and procedures for PPE (if any) that they would ordinarily use for their job tasks.

Interesting fact: Prior to Covid-19, there were ample USA N95s available in the marketplace and KN95s and other country’s FFPs were not widely available in the US.

GLOVE GUIDANCE

Gloves made of Latex, Nitrile or Vinyl are appropriate for the following roles:

  • Cafeteria Workers
  • Deep-Cleaning Staff
  • Employees working closer than 6-feet
  • First Responders
  • Onsite Screening Team
  • Respective personnel when recommended by the cleaning/disinfecting product being used.

NOTE: The CDC indicated that gloves do not protect individuals against Covid-19 because the virus does not enter the body through the hands.

HAND SANITIZER

The WHO recommends placing sanitizing hand rub dispensers in prominent places around the workplace. Make sure these dispensers are regularly refilled. Provide and maintain hand sanitizer stations at entry and exit points.
The CDC recommends using Alcohol based hand rub (ABHR) with greater than 60% ethanol or 70% isopropanol. Hand rubs are generally less irritating to hands and are effective in the absence of a sink. For best practices on hand washing with Hand sanitizer, we like this video from Johns Hopkins University.
Important note: Recently, the FDA advised consumers not to use hand sanitizer products manufactured by Eskbiochem due to the potential presence of methanol (wood alcohol), a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested. To ensure the products you are using are both safe and effective, we recommend using a hand sanitizer made in the USA by an FDA registered facility.

ADDITIONAL PRODUCT LINES

In addition to Hand Sanitizer, Gloves, Facemasks and Respirators, MF Supply now offers a comprehensive offering of PPE & Safety Equipment, including:

Next up, stay tuned for guidance on Disinfectating your workplace.

Stay Safe!
Robin & the MF Supply Team

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  1. Full ecommerce enabled website with technical manual available 24/7.
  2. Experts at compliant & certified parts.
  3. Same day drop ship from factory for thousands of items.
  4. Functional Equivalents to expensive brand name parts saves money.
  5. Creatively solve problems including hard to find parts and long lead times.
  6. WBE/WOSB Woman Owned Certified Small Business.
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Buyer’s Guide to KN95 Respirator Masks: 7 Things to know

KN95 GB2626-2006

Today we introduce our newest product, the KN95 Respirator Mask to the Chinese standard GB2626-2006. Introduced in the US market in response to the Corona virus pandemic and approved for use under the CDC’s EAU, the KN95 is currently being used for protection against Covid-19.

1. What is a KN95 respirator mask?

Regulated by the Chinese government (CE), a KN95 respirator mask is a type of Filtering Facepiece Respirator (FFR).  Similar in function to the USA N95s, KN95s have a minimum of 95% filtration and a maximum 8% leakage to the inside and are made to the GB2626-2006 standard.

2. Who uses KN95 respirator masks?

Mainly used in construction, agriculture, and by healthcare professionals against airborne particles, infectious agents and viruses, KN95s prevent the wearer from inhaling aerosols (dust, smoke, mist) as well as vapors or gases (disinfectants, anesthetic gases, droplets) that are health hazards. KN95s are currently used for protection against the coronavirus.

Interesting fact: Prior to Covid-19, there were ample USA N95s available in the marketplace and KN95s and other country’s FFPs were not widely available in the US.

3. What is the difference between the N95, the KN95 and other FFPs?

N95s, KN95s & other FFPs are all respirator masks that are subject to various regulatory standards around the world. Respirators certified to these standards are expected to have similar performance. There are slight differences in their specifications, like a variation in the maximum pressure the masks must be able to withstand as a person inhales and exhales. Here are the global standards by country:

  • N95 (United States NIOSH-42CFR84)
  • FFP2 (Europe EN 149-2001)
  • KN95 (China GB2626-2006)
  • P2 (Australia/New Zealand AS/NZA 1716:2012)
  • Korea 1st class (Korea KMOEL – 2017-64)
  • DS (Japan JMHLW-Notification 214, 2018)

4. What is the Emergency Authorization Use (EAU) for respirator masks, including KN95 (China GB2626-2006)?

On March 24, 2020, the FDA issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for importing non-NIOSH approved N95 equivalent respirators from Australia, Brazil, Europe, Japan, Korea, and Mexico who have similar standards to NIOSH. On April 3, 2020, in response to continued respirator shortages, the FDA approved the EAU for Chinese KN95s. KN95s are almost identical in performance to N95 masks. The CDC lists KN95 masks as a suitable alternative when N95s are not available. The FDA says KN95 masks are eligible for authorization if they meet certain criteria, including documentation that they are authentic.

5. Are KN95 and other respirator masks reusable?

Although KN95 respirator masks are meant for single use, the CDC offers guidance on reuse and cleaning of FFPs here: Recommended Guidance for Extended Use and Limited Reuse of N95 Filtering Facepiece Respirators in Healthcare – cdc.gov

6. How do I know my mask is authentic & not counterfit?

Make sure to purchase any Personal Protective Equipment from a reliable supplier who has experience supplying certified and compliant parts.  A reliable supplier will be able to provide you with authentic CE & FDA certifications and should be able to show you how to check that the manufacturer is registered with the FDA. Upon request, a supplier should provide you with a certificate of conformance stating the product has been checked and conforms to the KN95 GB2626-206 standard.

7. What is the price range of the KN95 respirator mask?

KN95s have a wide price range based on quantity, availability and level of certification available. Today, demand far outweighs current supply of FFPs. Beyond the economics of supply & demand, the factors that go into the price of a KN95 include material costs, labor, transporation, duties & tariffs. China is the main manufacturer of Personal Protective Equipment, and since the Covid-19 outbreak, flights from China to the US are limited, inflating the freight costs. In addition, the special nonwoven filtering fabric used in KN95s has also become an in demand commodity. All these factors have led to increased costs. Over time, as supply meets demands, and flights fly more frequently, we expect prices to decrease.

Stay tuned for our next blog, where we discuss our expanded PPE offering, including gloves, hand sanitizer, 3 Ply masks and other PPE.

We Invite You To Request a Quote, Download a Guide or a Line Card Today!

  1. Full ecommerce enabled website with technical manual available 24/7
  2. Same day drop ship from factory for thousands of items.
  3. Functional Equivalents to expensive brand name fasteners save money and reduce long lead times.
  4. Creatively solve problems including hard to find parts and long lead times
  5. WBE/WOSB Woman Owned Certified Small Business.
Request A Quote

Please forward you comments to robin@mfsupply.com