Widely used 3M 1860 Surgical Mask
NIOSH Approved: N95
Meets CDC guidelines for Mycobacterium tuberculosis exposure control
FDA Cleared for use as surgical mask >99% BFE (Bacterial Filtration Efficiency) according to ASTM F2101
Fluid resistant according to ASTM F1862
Helps protect against certain airborne biological particles
The respirator contains no components made from natural rubber latex
Collapse resistant cup shape design
Braided headbands, cushioning nose foam, and lightweight construction for comfortable wear
20 Surgical Masks per box
6 Boxes per case
Manufacturer: 3M Health Care
Manufacturer’s Product ID: 1860
A respirator is a personal protective device that is worn on the face. Also, covers at least the nose and mouth, and is used to reduce the wearer’s risk of inhaling hazardous airborne particles (including dust particles and infectious agents, gases, or vapors. The many types of respirators available include particulate respirators, which filter out airborne particles; “gas masks,” which filter out chemicals and gases; airline respirators, which use compressed air from a remote source; and self-contained breathing apparatus, which include their own air supply.
The category of 3M 1860 Surgical Mask or particulate respirator can be further divided into disposable or filtering facepiece respirators. On the other hand, the entire respirator is discarded when it becomes unsuitable for further use due to excessive resistance, sorbent exhaustion, or physical damage. Reusable or elastomeric respirators, where the facepiece is cleaned and reused. But the filter cartridges are discarded and replaced when they become unsuitable for further use; and powered air purifying respirators (PAPRs), where a battery-powered blower moves the air flow through the filters.
An N-95 respirator is one of nine types of disposable particulate respirators.
articulate respirators are also known as “air-purifying respirators” because they protect by filtering particles out of the air as you breathe. These respirators protect only against particles—not gases or vapors. Since airborne biological agents such as bacteria or viruses are particles, they can be filtered by particulate respirators.
Respirators that filter out at least 95% of airborne particles during “worse case” testing using a “most-penetrating” sized particle are given a 95 rating. Those that filter out at least 99% receive a “99” rating. And those that filter at least 99.97% (essentially 100%) receive a “100” rating.
Respirators in this family are rated as N, R, or P for protection against oils. This rating is important in industry because some industrial oils can degrade the filter performance so it doesn’t filter properly.* Respirators are rated “N,” if they are Not resistant to oil, “R” if somewhat Resistant to oil, and “P” if strongly resistant (oil Proof).