Smallest N95 respirator made in the USA


Shawmut Corporation, based in West Bridgewater, Massachusetts, has launched a NIOSH-approved small-size N95 filtering facepiece respirator to help protect people with smaller faces.

Shawmut’s Protex N95 particulate respirator model SR9520S will be sold alongside its medium/large model SR9520 on the company’s website and other popular personal protective equipment sites, including Project N95 and Armbrust American .

“There was a significant size gap in the industry, leaving millions of people struggling with ill-fitting masks – or completely unprotected,” said James Wyner, CEO of Shawmut. “After spending the last few months working through the research, design, development, testing and regulatory processes, we are excited to deliver this essential new size.”

The Protex SR9520S N95 Respirator is made with the same patent-pending design as its counterpart, but with a smaller form factor to optimize fit on smaller faces. All Shawmut N95 respirators are manufactured at the company’s facility in West Bridgewater, using US raw materials to avoid shipping delays and reduce the need for imported materials.

Although smaller in shape, the SR9520S respirator was designed for adult faces. Families considering an N95 respirator for their children should take the time to ensure that the N95 fits properly – that it is sealed around the face, that the straps are not loose, and that the wearer is sufficiently breathable. comfortable not to remove it. To get the maximum protection from an N95 respirator, there should be no air leaks around the edges of the mask. Before depending on the small N95 for protection, the wearer should test for leaks and gaps all around the edges.

“Having a good fit and seal to prevent leakage around the edges of any mask you wear is so important to getting the protection it promises, and our experience shows that a high quality N95 respirator delivers. the best fit and seal, especially when compared to a KN95 mask or a surgical mask,” said Larry Weldon, Vice President of Global Quality for Shawmut. “Therefore, we needed to provide a solution that expanded the number of people that can accommodate an N95.”

While the recently announced U.S. program to distribute 400 million N95 masks does not include any child-sized masks, it is unclear whether the national strategic stockpile includes small ones.

Shawmut’s patent pending Protex All Day Comfort System combines a particularly soft yet strong inner layer, a lightweight and highly effective and efficient inner filtration layer, and a high sealing viscoelastic nose foam for a secure yet strong seal. comfortable. The result is N95 mask performance with less air resistance, and that feels cooler with less stale air inside the mask for easier breathability, less eyewear fogging, and less pressure on the face for all-day comfort and wear.

The Protex SR9520S offers a minimum filtration efficiency of 95%, meeting the government standard for N95. The molded shell-style respirator – preferred by most users for its performance – is made with a proprietary high-efficiency, dual-layer, melt-blown filtration material providing a comfortable fit for extended wear.


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