Are replacement filters only sold separately?
No, we do include replacement filters in the package.
- N95 mask - 4 replacement filters included
- N99 mask - 6 replacement filters included
- Dust mask - 4 replacement filters included
Did I receive the correct filter for my N99 mask?
The N99 filter causes much confusion because it is folded in half. Due to the thinness and texture of the material, the filter is often stuck together when it arrives in the package. However, the filter does separate from the small straight edge (to the right of the PM2.5 pictured above) and then inserts into the side flaps of the mask.
Do Debrief Me masks protect against viruses or bacteria?
Our masks can protect against some airborne viruses. However; it is recommended to use a disposable mask for virus and bacteria protection. We recommend the 3M brand.
Can you use the child-size mask for babies?
No, the child masks are recommended for children ages 6-14 years old.
What do I do if my package is lost/damaged?
Please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and include the following:
- The name as it appears on the order
- The order number
- What the issue is with the order, i.e., I have not received my package.
Are Debrief Me masks NIOSH certified?
No, we are not, but we do use the same filtration technology. If your work requires NIOSH certified mask, we recommend the disposable models from 3M.
What is the difference between an N95 and N99 style mask?
The “N” means the filter is not resistant to oil. The number following the “N” indicates the minimum amount of airborne particulates (in percentage) that the respirator can filter. For instance, if a respirator is an “N95,” that means the filter is capable of removing at least 95% of airborne particulates that do not contain oil. Therefore, the "N99" indicates that the active carbon filter removes 99% of airborne particulates that are 0.1 micrometers or larger.
Another difference between the N95 style mask and the N99, our N95 mask does not have a valve on the side and an N99 does.
*Note: The N99 active carbon filter will only provide protection if a full seal is formed with the face.
How do I insert the filters correctly?
N95 Style Masks
N99 Style Masks
Can I use the mask if I have facial hair?
The OSHA respirator standard prohibits tight-fitting respirators from being worn by workers with facial hair. Facial hair can interfere with the sealing protection of the mask. Some studies have shown that even a day or two of stubble can begin to reduce protection.
How do Debrief Me masks work?
The mask is equipped with three filter layers:
To catch large pollution particles such as dust (PM10).
Three-Ply Micro-particulate layer
To stop small particulate matter such as smog (PM2.5 and PM 0.3).
Inner Filtration Layer
Is 100% pure activated carbon to stop pollutants.
This unique filter system is the key allowing Debrief Me masks to perform better and last longer.
How long do the filters last?
Condition of Use
If exposed to heavy smoke, grain bins, off-road, construction/demolition, etc.
If exposed to light smoke, dust from grain bins, off-road, construction/demolition, etc.
If used for protection against allergens, pollutants, odors, etc.
What is particulate matter (PM)?
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) clearly defines PM as a mixture of solid particles and liquid droplets found in the air. The EPA splits PM into two categories, 10 micrometers and 2.5 micrometers. PM10 is defined as inhalable particles with diameters below 10 micrometers. PM2.5 is defined as fine inhalable particles with diameters below 2.5 micrometers. For reference, a single piece of human hair is about 70 micrometers and the human eye cannot see particles smaller than about 40 micrometers.
Particulate matter can be created by many different sources with some of the most common being construction sites, unpaved roads, complex chemical reactions, and smokestacks. The EPA strictly regulates PM because of the danger to public health.
What is PM2.5?
Refers to atmospheric particulate matter (PM) that have a diameter of less than 2.5 micrometers, which is about 3% the diameter of a human hair. Commonly written as PM2.5, particles in this category are so small that they can only be detected with an electron microscope.
What is PM2.5 pollution?
Fine particulate matter (PM2.5) is an air pollutant that is a concern for people's health when levels in the air are high.Outdoor PM2.5 levels are most likely to be elevated on days with little or no wind or air mixing.
Who would benefit most from using Debrief Me masks?
- Persons suffering of Asthma and animal allergies.
- Persons who love DIY work such as woodworking and sanding.
- Persons exposed to high air pollution in big cities.
- People in the risk groups for respiratory disease.
- Travelers to unknown regions with unexpected air quality.
- The mask DOES NOT supply oxygen and must be used in areas with enough oxygen to support life.
- DO NOT use against industrial chemicals or oil-based particles such as paint.
- DO NOT use this mask for protection against the inhalation of silica.
- DO NOT use this mask for protection against the inhalation of asbestos.
- DO NOT attempt to reuse filter if exposed to mold.
- DO NOT use this mask for non-organic chemicals.
- DO NOT use the Mask if breathing becomes more difficult than normal.
- DO NOT modify this mask in any way.
- DO NOT wash the filter.
- The Mask must be washed with warm water and soap/powder. Do not use iron to dry.
- The mask must fit properly for effective filtering.
- If breathing becomes difficult or other distress occurs, leave work area immediately and remove the mask.
- Facial characteristics and facial hair may reduce the effectiveness of the mask.
- Inspect the mask before each use to ensure there are no holes in breathing zone and no damage to the mask.
- Failing to follow all instructions and limitations of use for the mask can reduce the masks effectiveness and could result in sickness or death.