How Are N95 Masks Different from Other Masks?
N95 masks filter out at least 95% of airborne particles. See the infographic below for additional differences between N95 and Surgical masks.
What Do N95 Masks Have to do with Abrasive Blasting?
Media Blast & Abrasive (Media Blast®) is an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of blasting cabinets for more than 42 years right here in the good old USA. We have used N95 masks in our fabrication facility for years to protect our employees from dust created in the manufacturing process. Protection from small airborne particles is why some construction workers and painters must also wear N95 masks professionally.
Additionally, people who operate poorly constructed abrasive blasters and DIY sandblasting cabinets are often seen wearing N95 masks. Why? The main reason is slow cleaning speed. Often these cabinets come with a smaller gun size is matched with a smaller, cheaper dust collector to get the lowest possible machine price. In addition to a low-cost machine, this results in low frictional heat and a much longer part cleaning time.