Have you been wondering “Where can I buy REAL N95 Face Masks” or “How can I find NIOSH approved particulate respirators” – well you’ve come to the right place! Costco N95 masks are approved for medical use! For almost a year now it’s been almost impossible to find real, quality, NIOSH approved n95 face masks, but there are now 3 options for Costco N95 masks, including medical grade masks. These FLTR N95 Particulate Respirators are NIOSH approved, and provide a superior face-to-mask seal. N95 face masks reduce both inhaled and exhaled air leakage compared to cloth face coverings. FLTR N95 respirators are proven to offer ≥95% filtration of airborne particulates to 0.3 microns.
At the time of this post, this product is available at costco.com (online only). We’ll let you know if we see it in stores!
Costco N95 Masks Product Features:
- NIOSH Approved – Approved by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
- Tight Face-to-Mask Seal – Mask seals to face to reduce air leakage.
- Polypropylene Filtration – Face mask delivers N95 Filtration or ≥95% filtration to 0.3 microns.
- Multi-Layer Construction – Lightweight facial mask construction includes a barrier, filter, and dual comfort layers.
- Adjustable Fit – Adjustable elastic headbands and nose piece
- Independently Tested Performance – FLTR’s 3-stage quality control and testing process includes performance testing by independent 3rd party labs.
- Single Use Design – Single Use Design to help reduce contamination
- These NIOSH approved N95 Particulate Respirators are authorized for medical uses under an emergency use authorization issued by the FDA on March 2, 2020 (updated March 28, 2020).
Product features are per manufacturer. Please see manufacturer FLTR site for more product details.
FLTR NIOSH N95 Round Respirator Face Masks Approved for Medical Use are Costco Item 1499713 and Retail for $239.99 – Sold in 100 Count, Cost Approx $2.40 each
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Frequently Asked Questions about Costco N95 Masks:
Are Costco N95 Face Masks FSA Eligible?
Yes, They are.
Does Costco Sell N95 Face Masks?
Yes, you can buy N95 Face Masks at Costco. At this time we’re only aware of Costco N95 Masks available online, however we would expect they could become available in-stores any time. They come in both medical grade, and non-medical grade.
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Some helpful information from the CDC on N95 Respirators:
What are N95 Respirators?
An N95 respirator is a respiratory protective device designed to achieve a very close facial fit and very efficient filtration of airborne particles. Note that the edges of the respirator are designed to form a seal around the nose and mouth. Surgical N95 Respirators are commonly used in healthcare settings and are a subset of N95 Filtering Facepiece Respirators (FFRs), often referred to as N95s.
General N95 Respirator Precautions
- People with chronic respiratory, cardiac, or other medical conditions that make breathing difficult should check with their health care provider before using an N95 respirator because the N95 respirator can make it more difficult for the wearer to breathe.
- Some models have exhalation valves that can make breathing out easier and help reduce heat build-up. Note that N95 respirators with exhalation valves should not be used when sterile conditions are needed.
- All FDA-cleared N95 respirators are labeled as “single-use,” disposable devices. If your respirator is damaged or soiled, or if breathing becomes difficult, you should remove the respirator, discard it properly, and replace it with a new one. To safely discard your N95 respirator, place it in a plastic bag and put it in the trash. Wash your hands after handling the used respirator.
- N95 respirators are not designed for children or people with facial hair. Because a proper fit cannot be achieved on children and people with facial hair, the N95 respirator may not provide full protection.
N95 Respirators in Industrial and Health Care Settings
Most N95 respirators are manufactured for use in construction and other industrial type jobs that expose workers to dust and small particles. They are regulated by the National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL) in the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), which is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
However, some N95 respirators are intended for use in a health care setting. Specifically, single-use, disposable respiratory protective devices used and worn by health care personnel during procedures to protect both the patient and health care personnel from the transfer of microorganisms, body fluids, and particulate material. These surgical N95 respirators are class II devices regulated by the FDA, under 21 CFR 878.4040, and CDC NIOSH under 42 CFR Part 84.
N95s respirators regulated under product code MSH are class II medical devices exempt from 510(k) premarket notification, unless:
- The respirator is intended to prevent specific diseases or infections, or
- The respirator is labeled or otherwise represented as filtering surgical smoke or plumes, filtering specific amounts of viruses or bacteria, reducing the amount of and/or killing viruses, bacteria, or fungi, or affecting allergenicity, or
- The respirator contains coating technologies unrelated to filtration (e.g., to reduce and or kill microorganisms).
The FDA has a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with CDC NIOSH which outlines the framework for coordination and collaboration between the FDA and NIOSH for regulation of this subset of N95 respirators.
For additional differences between surgical masks and N95 respirators, please see CDC’s infographic.