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Commonly Asked Questions and Answers – 3M™ N95 Respirator

Date: 27 April 2009

 N95 Respirator

Q1. Regarding the spread of Swine Influenza, is there any change in the demand for 3M™ N95 Respirator?
A1. 3M Hong Kong provides different personal protection equipment to various industries. Surgical masks and N95 respirators are widely used by the medical and healthcare professionals. It’s obvious that increased enquiries on these products have been received.
Q2. How about the stock situation of 3M™ N95 Respirator?
A2. It’s obvious that increased enquiries have been received and more stocks will be arranged if demand increases. 3M has operation in more than 60 countries; we will keep an eye on the stock situation and arrange replenishment from other subsidiaries if necessary.
Q3. Any signal from the government that 3M™ N95 Respirator is among the top demand items?
A3. 3M is one of the major suppliers to the health care market. We will keep an eye on the market demand, and work closely with the government to meet its needs.
Q4. Which types of respirators can provide effective protection against bacterial or viral infection?
A4. Only when properly applied can an approved respirator be expected to reduce exposure to airborne biological contaminants. However, respirators are not a guarantee that user will not be infected at all. Respirators that meet the US NIOSH N95 standards can effectively filter harmful particles.
Q5. Where can we purchase 3M™ N95 Respirator?
A5. 3M™ N95 Respirator can be purchased at hardware stores.
Q6. How much is 3M™ N95 respirator?
A6. The suggested retail price for 3M™ N95 Respirator is HK$10 per piece.
Q7. Are there different sizes available on 3M™ N95 respirator?
A7. #8210 is the only model of 3M™ N95 respirators in the market. It has one standard size.
Q8. Are there any people who are not suitable to wear 3M™ N95 Respirator?
A8. There are certain situations that are not suitable to wear 3M™ N95 Respirator or have to consult medical advice before wearing it:
(1) If wearer has disease on respiratory system, asthma or emphysema, etc.,
(2) Maternity,
(3) If discomfort occurs after wearing respirator, e.g. breathing difficulties, dizziness etc.
Q9. Are children suitable to wear 3M™ N95 respirators?
A9. Since 3M™ N95 Respirator #8210 is designed for occupational use, its size may not be applicable to children’s faces and will affect the effectiveness. It is not suggested for children to use 3M™ N95 respirators till further notice.
Q10. How long can we wear respirator? When should we change a new respirator?
A10. It depends on different situations and environments. However, wearer should take off the respirator if breathing difficulty or any distress occurs. Respirators need to be changed if one of the following situations appears:
(1) if respirator is soiled by body fluid such as blood, saliva or spittle,
(2) if respirator is damaged.