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Respirator User Notices Issued by NIOSH

User Notice – Notices are provided to inform users of a condition or risk that may exist with a NIOSH-approved respirator.

NIOSH has reviewed and concurs with the facts in the user notice as of the date indicated on the NIOSH website.

Disclaimer: Links to non-Federal organizations do not constitute an endorsement of these organizations, their products, or programs by NIOSH and none should be inferred. NIOSH is not responsible for the content of the individual organization web pages found at these links. They are provided solely as a service to our users. A NIOSH certificate of approval is not an endorsement of the respirator by NIOSH. Such endorsements are not to be stated or implied by manufacturers in advertisements or other publicity. NIOSH certification represents that the equipment has met the requirements of Title 42, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 84.

NIOSH-Issued Notices

Archive of NIOSH-Issued Notices Prior to 2014

Respirator User Notices Issued by Manufacturers

Counterfeit Respirators / Misrepresentation of NIOSH-Approval

When NIOSH becomes aware of counterfeit respirators or those misrepresenting NIOSH approval on the market, we will post them here to alert users, purchasers, and manufacturers.

	an example of a counterfeit N95 Respirator

Figure 1 is an example of a counterfeit N95 Respirator that was brought to NIOSH’s attention. While the TC number and private label holder are valid, this unapproved unit can be identified by the misspelling of NIOSH on the front of the respirator.

	Not NIOSH approved - Zubi-Ola respirator, without value  	Not NIOSH approved - Zubi-Ola respirator, with value

Figures 2 and 3 are examples of counterfeit respirators. These respirators are being sold as if they are NIOSH-approved even though the manufacturer, Zubi-Ola, is not listed as a NIOSH approval holder or a private label holder.

	example of misrepresentation of the NIOSH-approval - ViraMask N99ESC

Figure 4 is an example of misrepresentation of the NIOSH-approval. All approvals for Wein Products (WPI) were rescinded in 2011. However, the manufacturer’s website continues to state the ViraMask N99ESC is certified by NIOSH. View the user notice announcing the rescission .

Check the respirator approval markings (graphic below) or the Certified Equipment List to verify your respirator is NIOSH-approved. Additional information is available on the NIOSH Trusted Source page .

Example of the Correct Exterior Markings on a NIOSH-Approved Filtering Facepiece Respirator

	Sample of a generic filtering facepiece respirator with appropriate markings.