PLEASE NOTE: We are not scientists, microbiologists, or medical experts so our opinion is based on a layman’s analysis of the specs and information provided by the company on the ‘O2 Safe Air’ website.
The ‘O2 Safe Air Mask’ is produced by a US company. They make premium protective face masks. The filtering effectiveness of the O2 Safe Air Mask is verified by the U.S. based Nelson Labs, a highly respected independent testing service used by companies throughout the world. The masks are washable and reusable. The filters are not washable but the company offers replacement filters at a cost of $3 each.
O2 Safe Air Mask
The most important factor to consider when shopping for a protective face mask is the filtration efficiency of these mask and the degree of protection they can provide. Based on our review of the information provided by O2 Safe Air Mask on the company website, the O2 Safe Air Mask appears to offer a high level of filtering efficiency and protection if used properly which would include replacing the filters regularly. It seems that for protection against viruses, the filters should probably be considered single-use when using the mask in a higher risk environment such as a grocery store, at work, or anywhere you come in contact with people in an indoor or enclosed situation or outdoors where social distancing is not possible.
The O2 Safe Air Masks Look Good
We are not scientists, microbiologists, or virologists. We are just concerned citizens who are trying to ride out the storm and stay alive. Our search for high-quality protective face masks originated with our desire to find the best personal protection for ourselves. But, after spending days searching the globe for good face masks and finding that there aren’t that many really good ones available, we thought we should share our time-consuming personal research with our fellow citizens.
This research yielded only a handful of excellent, efficient protective face masks, many from companies outside of the United States. But we found a few good choices here in the U.S. and ‘O2 Safe Air’ is one of them.
There are makers of quality protective face masks from companies outside the United States but shipping from outside the U.S. is expensive. In the early stages of the pandemic most of these companies were not shipping into the USA, either due to customs issues or overwhelming local demand. Some of these companies were ‘Airinum’ out of Sweden, ‘U Mask’ in the UK (whose masks are made in and shipped from Italy), ‘Respilon’ in Czechoslovakia, ‘Cambridge Mask’ in the UK, ‘Respro’ and so on. The US company ‘Vogmask’ makes a decent products but since their masks were made in South Korea (as of April 21 2020) the government of South Korea was not allowing Vogmask masks to be shipped from South Korea to the US. So, shopping for face coverings outside the U.S. can present a number of potential issues.
O2 Safe Air Mask are RECOMMENDED
Based on the information provided on the ‘O2 Safe Air’ website, these face masks look to be among the better protective face masks available to consumers who don’t require a mask certified for medical use.
‘O2 Safe Air’ masks are tested and approved by Nelson Labs, the premier PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) independent testing lab
So for non-medical workers, the ‘O2 Safe Air’ is a top choice.
The O2 Safe Air website offers impressive specs and plenty of detail.
O2 Safe Air Mask Effectiveness Against Viruses and Pathogens
More details regarding the ‘O2 Safe Air’ performance certifications and testing can be found on the ‘O2 Safe Air’ website.
THE ‘O2 SAFE AIR’ WEBSITE STATES THE FOLLOWING…
“Our air pollution filters are tested against and conform to NIOSH N95 filter efficiency for airflow resistance and particle filtration for requirements of an N95 respirator. They average filtering 98% of particulates down to a size of .3 microns with extremely low breathing resistance. Our medical grade filters are tested and conform to medical professional standard ASTM F2100-11 level 2 and block over 99.99% of airborne bacteria to a size of .1 microns with extremely low breathing resistance.
AND, THE ‘O2 SAFE AIR’ WEBSITE STATES THE FOLLOWING ABOUT THEIR MEDICAL GRADE FILTERS
“Medical grade filters tested to medical professional standard ASTM F2100-11, level 2
Over 99.99% bacteria filtration efficiency down to a size of .1 microns
Extremely low breathing resistance ensures comfort as well as protection
Recommended for air travelers, urban commuters, or those with weakened immune systems for protection against airborne pathogens and large droplets which can be released through talking, coughing, or sneezing”
THE ‘O2 SAFE AIR’ WEBSITE STATES THE FOLLOWING ABOUT THEIR AIR POLLUTION FILTERS
“Our N95 rated air pollution filters have an over 98% filtration efficiency of particles down to a size of .3 microns
Extremely low breathing resistance provides the perfect combination of protection and comfort
Effective against urban air pollution, PM 2.5, wildfire haze, inversions, dust, pollen, mold, and other airborne particulate contaminants
Technology manufactured in the USA
Conforms to NIOSH N95 filter efficiency for airflow resistance and particle filtration as stated in 42 CFR Part 84.181 for requirements of an N95 respirator”