Beware phony N95 face masks, says Health Canada

Health Canada is warning Canadians about the risks of using fraudulent and unauthorized N95 respirator masks, as they may not protect consumers against COVID-19.

While these N95 disposable facial masks are certified NIOSH, Health Canada warns about using those which are not.

The federal agency advises that you check whether your N95 respirator has been certified by the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). If not, your mask may be fraudulent or unauthorized and you should stop using it as it may not protect you against COVID-19.

Health Canada recommends face mask users learn about the proper use of face masks, following which they get confirmation that the product has been certified by NIOSH by entering the approval number, which can be found on the respirator, in the NIOSH database.”

Martin C. Barry, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter for the Laval News,