Buyer Beware (Content source: NIOSH)

NIOSH has become aware of a counterfeit N95 Respirator on the market.

While the TC number and private label holder (KOSTO) are valid, this unapproved unit can be identified by the misspelling of NIOSH on the front of the respirator.

 How can you be sure your respirator is truly NIOSH-approved?

Check the respirator approval markings or Certified Equipment List.

Additional information is available on the NIOSH Trusted Source Page.

As NIOSH becomes aware of counterfeit respirators or those misrepresenting the NIOSH approval on the market, they will post them here  http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/npptl/usernotices/default.html#Counterfeit Respirators

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.

Figure 1.

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.

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.