NIOSH N95 Respirator Masks

With the COVID-19 pandemic wreaking havoc throughout the world over the course of 2020, the use of face masks has become essential for all people, not just medical professionals. In order to be fully protected from airborne illnesses and diseases, the best thing that you can do is mask up to protect yourself and others. 

The NIOSH N95 Respirator Masks help filter out airborne particles that try to enter your mouth and nose as you breathe, allowing you to feel confident in your health while out and about.

We know that masks work. Doctors have been using them to perform surgery in the same space as those with infectious diseases for decades. Using any kind of mask will provide a barrier between you and airborne particles, but with the NIOSH N95 Respirators, you’ll find yourself feeling extra protected.

If you are looking for a variety of NIOSH-approved N95 Respirator Masks, we here at WellBefore are stocked with the most effective masks made with comfort on the market! Browse our selection to find one that works best for your individual needs.

History of NIOSH N95 Respirator Masks

The usage of respirator masks dates back to Ancient Roman times when it was suggested to wear something over the mouth and nose to protect you from inhaling harmful dust particles created by crushing the toxic material, cinnabar. Since then, scientific and inventive improvements have led to the masks that we use now.

In the early 1900s, the United States Bureau of Mines (USBM) was created to address the high fatality of mineworkers. In 1919, the first respirator certification program was established, and masks for the US Navy, firefighters, and workers in other dangerous situations were made to be distributed. 

Respirator masks functionality progressed over the first few years, and just in time for the Influenza that affected those all over the United States in the late 1910s. Since then, they have made strides to create various respirator masks with specific benefits and cater to individual needs.


The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 established the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The NIOSH was formed as a research institute focused on creating safer and healthier work environments for people. 

Still to this day, the NIOSH and OSHA contribute to regulating workplace safety materials and respirator masks.

About the NIOSH N95 Respirator Mask

The NIOSH N95 Respirator Mask is meant to protect the person wearing it from airborne and liquid particles that could get into your system. These masks are meant to fit very closely to your face and often have to be fitted to you to ensure protection. N95 Respirator Masks often are used in medical settings where there is a greater risk for disease contamination. 

Most people who work with infectious diseases will wear this product to protect themselves from viruses and infections. N95 face masks and respirator face masks are a great prevention tactic against droplets, gases, and vapors that carry bacteria or viruses. 

The N95 Respirator is meant to have a tighter fit around your mouth and nose to protect them from exposure. The head straps and ear loops can easily be adjusted so you can fit them to your face properly; these masks also are supposed to be excellent in filtering the air you breathe when wearing the mask. 

The N95 Respirator can only earn its designation if it’s able to filter out 95 percent or more of airborne particles. If you work with infectious diseases, these masks are meant to be used once and then disposed of to avoid contamination. These masks can be reused until they become overused for those working where infectious disease exposure is not an issue. 

Not all N95 Respirators are NIOSH approved, but the ones that WellBefore sells are! If you are looking for the right NIOSH-approved N95 Respirator, you’ve come to the right place!

Product Details

If you purchase an N95 Respirator mask from WellBefore, you’ll receive only the best quality and most effective products. All N95 Respirators are made of synthetic polymer fibers such as nonwoven polypropylene fabric. They can filter out particles so efficiently due to the melt-blown process it goes through, where the inner filtration layer is produced. This layer is capable of filtering out particles that could be dangerous if you inhale them.

As mentioned previously, these masks are meant to be very tightly fitted to your face. Those who receive these masks are meant to be specific to your face and often have to be fitted to make sure that the protection it promises will work for you. 

These masks are not meant for children to wear, as they won’t fit on a child’s face. If you have facial hair, these masks will not sit properly on your face and may cause openings that can allow for hazardous particles to enter your throat and nose, which means that it’s not recommended to wear this unless you are shaven. It can tightly fit around your face, neck, and chin.

Product Use

The N95 Respirator was created with construction workers, miners, and painters in mind. This is because the respirators help when working with toxic materials and fumes. NIOSH-approved respirators are often seen being used in hospitals and medical care settings.

Currently, if you work in the healthcare system, you know that it’s required to wear an N95 Respirator Mask if you are dealing with COVID-19 patients. The best way to find the right NIOSH-approved N95 mask is to try out different models and designs, double-check in a mirror or with a colleague that there are no visible gaps, and make sure that the seal is protected.

WellBefore’s N95 Respirators

WellBefore is stocked with various N95 Respirators, so you are guaranteed to find the right mask for your individual needs. If you aren’t sure where to start, consider some of the following products that we have available on our site (Note: some items may be out-of-stock at times, but we are always in the process of restocking them).

Makrite SEKURA N95

Makrite SEKURA N95

The Makrite SEKURA N95 Respirator Mask is a durable, comfortable, and strong respirator mask that you can purchase using WellBefore. 

These masks are NIOSH-approved and filter out 95% of airborne particles. These masks are great because they fold easily, making them easy to store and keep in bags or purses. If you are looking for a breathable mask, this mask is designed to help you breathe easier while wearing it for long periods of time. 

BYD Care® NIOSH Disposable N95 Respirator

BYD Care NIOSH Disposable N95 Respirator

Another respirator mask that we carry that is NIOSH-approved is the BYD Care® NIOSH Disposable N95 Respirator

These masks are comfortable, adjustable, lightweight, and have straps that secure tightly around your head when you wear them. This brand is highly rated by our customers, so we recommend trying them out to see if they are the right fit!

Moldex 1517 N95 Respirator Surgical Mask

Moldex 1517 N95 Respirator Surgical Mask

The Moldex 1517 N95 Respirator Surgical Mask is another NIOSH-approved product, as it filters out a minimum of 95 percent of airborne particles. This mask has a low-profile nose bridge that creates a rounder face shape. Our customers have great things to say about this mask, so consider using it for your N95 needs!

RespoKare N95 Surgical Respirator Mask With Antimicrobial/Antiviral Agent

RespoKare N95 Surgical Respirator Mask With Antimicrobial/Antiviral Agent

WellBefore is an authorized reseller of Respokare. The RespoKare N95 Surgical Respirator has antimicrobial and antiviral agents that help make this mask very efficient in protecting against airborne illnesses. 

We carry this mask in multiple different sizes, so you can choose one that best fits you!

The N99 Mask

WellBefore also offers the new N99 mask, which can offer the wearer at least 99 percent filtration efficiency of airborne particles. These masks are highly effective and may offer more protection than kn95 masks or surgical n95 respirators.

Buying With WellBefore

We hope to provide high-quality personal protective equipment (PPE) to our customers. When you shop with us, you are guaranteed to receive products that we would put our trust into using. 

These NIOSH-approved N95 masks are not the only products that we carry, so if these aren’t the ones for you, we have plenty more. The most important thing for us is that you feel protected when wearing our products. We also want you to receive your products quickly and efficiently, so we ship them out within 48 business hours. 

While many manufacturers and vendors will have limited availability of personal protective equipment, WellBefore has many protective masks in stock that may fit your needs.

WellBefore offers discounts to medical professionals, school systems, and frontline workers, so reach out to one of our representatives if you’d like to discuss this further. You deserve to feel protected!


100 Years of Respiratory Protection History | CDC

N95 Respirators, Surgical Masks, and Face Masks | FDA

OSH Act of 1970 | Occupational Safety and Health Administration