Does ReadiMask have the NIOSH certification?
Yes. ReadiMask is an N95 certified mask – National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Certification TC-84A-8133.
Where is it manufactured and who uses the ReadiMask?
Global Safety First manufactures the ReadiMask in the USA by ISO certified manufacturers under exclusive contract. Many of the United States’ most well-known companies and institutions use the ReadiMask. A partial list includes; Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. State Department – Diplomatic Security, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Avery Dennison Medical, Boston Medical Center, Illinois Department of Health, Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs.
How is it different from other masks?
ReadiMask is the first innovation in mask design in 40 years. It is the only N95 mask that forms a perfect seal. A complete seal prevents pathogens, dust, pollen, and other particles from being pulled in around the edges when you breathe. It also prevents you from exhaling pathogens out around the edges – it has two-way filtering. Because of its design, it also has a larger surface area, which keeps you cooler, makes breathing easier, and draws air through a more efficient filter for added protection. Because it forms a perfect seal, it will not fog up your glasses.
I have a small face; do you have one that will fit me?
Yes. We have three sizes: Small/Petite which is perfect for smaller individuals and children; Large, for average size men and many women; and XL, which fits larger people (and is also suitable for men with goatees). Most manufacturers do not have multiple sizes in safety masks, as they pursue a one-size-fits-all approach. It costs us more to have multiple sizes, but at ReadiMask, we believe that safety always comes first.
How many times can you use the ReadiMask?
The ReadiMask is multiuse and is wearable about 10 times. Taking it off and putting it back on influences its durability, as does the cleanliness of your face. The issue is the adhesive picks up small amounts of dead skin, oils, makeup or dirt, clogging the adhesive – reducing its ability to stick. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommends disposing of it if it becomes dirty or contaminated.
What is the difference between silicone and acrylic adhesives?
Both adhesives are very gentle, hypoallergenic and made of medical-grade adhesives. Our tests suggest about 10 reuses for the silicon adhesive mask and about half of that for the acrylic adhesive. Individual results vary depending on cleanliness, the environment, etc. Nurses will get more reuses than coal miners.
Can it be disinfected?
As with any NIOSH respirator, consult the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and OSHA guidelines.
What if you sweat?
The ReadiMask adheres well when people sweat. We recommend wiping the sweat off your face before donning the mask. For perpetually sweaty individuals, consider trying a skin prep such as Smith & Nephew’s Skin-Prep.
Can it be fit tested?
The ReadiMask can be Quantitatively Fit Tested with a TSI Portacount and Qualitatively Fit Tested with a hood. A Fit Test determines whether a respirator performs as expected when someone wears it. Global Safety First guarantees the mask to pass a fit test when user instructions are followed.
Will it filter down to 0.3 microns?
N95 masks are certified and tested by NIOSH at 0.3 microns. Extensive testing shows that at this level, they are very effective at protecting against the smallest particles. Learn more about N95 masks at https://youtu.be/eAdanPfQdCA from a physics perspective. You do not need a degree in physics to understand how an N95 mask works in the six-minute video.
Does the ReadiMask have an expiration date?
We warrant the ReadiMask for a 3-year shelf life. Our accelerated age testing has shown that they remain effective for 10 years.
Does it have FDA certification?
We are waiting for and expect approval from the Food and Drug Administration for certification shortly.
What about beards?
Like any mask, beards allow air to leak in when hair prevents a tight seal to the skin. OSHA also requires wearers to be cleanly shaven.
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