Frequently Asked Questions
Which Mask has been tested for use by Health Care Professionals?
Our N95 Style Face Mask (NM-01) is conforms with standards set by the FDA to be adequate substitute for the NIOSH approved N95 Respirator and thus may be used by Health Care Professionals in healthcare settings.
Because of the shortages of NIOSH approved N95 face masks resulting from the COVID-19 outbreak, the FDA issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) on March 2, 2020 to authorize and allow certain N95 masks that are certified in other countries, such as Australia and Canada, to be imported and used in healthcare settings on a temporary basis. On March 28th, the FDA expanded this to include KN95 face masks made in China.
The most recent update to this EUA dated May 8th 2020, reversed the KN95 authorization and now only authorizes imported masks manufactured in China as a KN95 masks to be allowed under this EUA, only when these masks are independently certified under US Standards.
Our N95 Style Face Mask (NM-01) have been independently tested in the United States and have filtration efficiency of over 99.7%. Thus, under this revised EUA, our N95 Style Face Mask is considered an adequate substitute for the NIOSH approved N95 Respirator and may be used by Health Care Professionals in healthcare settings.
I’ve read the FDA has removed the authorization for over 75% of the imported N95 Style masks because they are defective. Were your masks part of this purge?
No, our N95 Face Masks were exempt from this FDA action because our masks have been independently tested in the United States and have filtration efficiency of over 99%. You can see the test results here at this link.
Are your masks NIOSH Approved?
The short answer is no, they have not gone through the rigorous testing that the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) requires under Federal Guidelines. However, in early March 2020, the FDA issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to allow certain imported N95 masks that have been certified in other countries, such as Australia and Canada, to be authorized for use in healthcare settings. The most recent update to this EUA dated May 8th 2020, will also allow imported masks manufactured in China as a KN95 to be authorized under this EUA, provided that these masks are independently certified under US Standards.
Swift Mask Company’s N95 Style mask (NM-01) passed the N95-BFE test as performed by the independent testing facility: Nelson Labs in Salt Lake City, UT. The Bacterial Filtration Efficiency (BFE) test is performed on filtration materials and devices that are designed to provide protection against biological aerosols, such as face masks, surgical gowns, caps, and air filters. Our Swift NM-01 mask achieved the rating of > 99.5% efficient for bacterial blocking.
If I purchase some of your N95 Style Face Masks, am I taking supply away from front-line healthcare workers?
Although our masks meet the standards for use by healthcare professionals, they are also acceptable to be used by consumers not involved with healthcare. Front-line COVID-19 workers receive their of personal protection equipment (PPE) from their employer hospitals, local authorities, and other organizations like FEMA, and other already established supply chains. As a new company, we are hoping to meet a need for high quality masks that have passed the stringent filtration tests and can be used for both healthcare professionals and consumers alike, while not interfering with the supply for front-line workers.
What are your Payment Terms?
We require full payment in advance, credit card, PayPal, ACH or wire. With the current world-wide market circumstances due to the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus pandemic, which include our supplier terms, extraordinary freight and distribution costs for express shipping and fast order processing, our Conditions and Terms of Sale for these products currently require advance pre-payment with each order.
What is the minimum order?
The Minimum order for our Masks is one box of 10 masks.
How soon will my order ship?
General Shipment Time is 3 - 5 days after the receipt of your order.
What is the Shipping Cost?
We ship only to locations within the USA. Shipping Costs are calculated at the time of order based on order size, anywhere from $3.95 to $25.95 Orders for 250 masks or more, the shipping is free.
What is the return policy?
All sales are final. No returns will be accepted.
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