The pandemic taught the world the importance of personal protective equipment, more so the face masks. In almost every country across the globe, local and central governments made it mandatory to wear masks for the general public. As you may guess, manufacturers increased their manufacturing capacity by manifolds to meet the sudden surge in demand. Unfortunately, though, counterfeit brands popped up with equal force, in a bid to encash this unprecedented boom. So much have these counterfeit manufacturers perfected themselves that sometimes you may find it difficult to identify the fake product from the original.
However, you need not fret, as we at EnviroSafety Products are committed to ensuring that you get nothing but the most genuine, made in USA, 3M N95 respirators that ensure your safety, and that of your loved ones as well as your employees!
Tips for Acquiring Only-Genuine 3M N95 Respirators
- Make sure to always buy the 3M N95 masks in bulk boxes, as intended by the original manufacturer 3M
- Always buy 3M products from certified sellers such as EnviroSafety Products
- When handling the box for the first time, ensure that it has a 3M holographic sticker/tape, which is untampered.
- Check for a 10-digit Secure Code Number as well as the 6-digit Lot Codes printed on the box.
- Check for the NIOSH approval number, which always starts with the letters “TC”. (Ex: TC-84A-XXXX.)
How to Authenticate 3M N95 Masks?
If you are in possession of 3M masks that you wish to authenticate, there are two simple methods to do so.
3M Masks Authentication Via 3M Website
- Visit https://www.3m.com/3M/en_US/worker-health-safety-us/3m-safeguard/
- Next, enter the 10-digit Secure Code Number as well as the 6-digit Lot Codes printed on the box, to validate the package.
- Once you enter the information, the site will let you know if you have the original product or not.
- Finally, make sure that the lot number printed on each of the respirators is the same as the lot Codes mentioned on the box.
- Now, you can relax and use the 3M particulate respirator as and when required.
3M Masks Authentication Via the 3M Safe Guard™ App
- Download the 3M Safe Guard™ App from https://play.google.com/store/apps/
- Next, enter the 10-digit Secure Code Number as well as the 6-digit Lot Number printed on the box, to validate the package.
- Once you enter the information, the site will let you know if you have the original product or counterfeit N95.
- Finally, make sure that the lot number printed on each of the respirators is the same as the lot number mentioned on the box.
- You can now use the 3M particulate respirator as and when required!
How to Safeguard Yourself from Purchasing a Counterfeit Respirator?
If however, you are yet to make the purchase, there are some simple things that you can look out for, to ensure that you don’t fall into the trap of buying counterfeit respirators. These include –
- No approval number aka TC on the respirator packaging
- Absence of any markings on the respirator
- No NIOSH markings
- NIOSH marking, with a discrepancy in the spelling or full form of NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health)
- Presence of any decorative fabric added coloring or other add-ons to the N95 masks.
- A claim that signifies that the N95 mask is approved for children, as NIOSH does NOT approve respiratory protection for children
- Absence of trademarks of 3M
- The masks are sold individually, without the original 3M high-quality shipper cartons, complete with user instructions.
- If you are buying N95 respirators online, you must keep in mind the following points which can help you spot a counterfeit product (as dictated by the CDC or the Centre of Disease Control)
- The presence of any typos, bad grammar, or other errors on the site
- Obvious website flaws like unfinished or blank pages, dummy text, broken links and misspelled domains
- The presence of the word “genuine” or “real” in the product name, as an authentic seller would not need to tell the buyers the same, at least not in the product name
- Poor customer review
- Shockingly low prices
- Contact information of the seller in the form of images rather than text (in an attempt to save themselves from Google Crawlers)
- The absence of any one or more of these 3 markers on the masks also points towards the possibility of counterfeit respirators–
- NIOSH logo or acronym in block letters
- Name of the brand manufacturer, in this case, 3M
- Registered trademark (in the form of clearly understandable abbreviation)
In case of one or more of these counterfeit alerts, it is best that you skip the seller altogether, and save yourself some money and peace of mind. Instead, you can buy the particulate respirator from a much more reliable source such as EnviroSafety Products and ensure complete occupational safety for all involved.
Wondering why? Well, let us spill the beans for you –
Why shop at EnviroSafety Products?
There are many reasons to shop at EnviroSafety Products including but not limited to –
- We are committed to selling “only” safety products
- Enviro Safety Products have complete authorization from 3M for selling the company’s products
- Enviro Safety Products ships worldwide with speedy delivery
- We offer Up To 50% OFF retail – with our lowest price commitment!
- We are the Largest Peltor Ddistributor in North America
- We have an easy-to-use online portal that makes it rather convenient for you to make your purchases, quickly and efficiently
- We facilitate our customers with a toll-free sales line with knowledgeable staff
- Our customers can place orders online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Frequently Asked Questions About Genuine 3M N95 Respirator Mask with NIOSH Approval
What are some of the most used 3M Products?
- 3M Respirator Masks
- 3M PAPR
- 3M Abrasives
- 3M AO Safety
- 3M DBI-Sala
- 3M E-A-R3M Peltor
- 3M Scott
- 3M Secure Click
- 3M Speedglas
- 3M Versaflo
Are all 3M N95 masks made in USA?
3M owns manufacturing facilities around the world, however, the N95 masks with NISOH Approval are made in the United States. When COVID-19 struck the United States in early 2020, 3M was among the major U.S. corporations to pivot operations to make PPE in the required quantities, including N95 masks.