Notice Regarding Respirators

Date Published: Febuary 9, 2021

What you should know about Respirators

While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not recommend that the general public wear Filtering Facepiece Respirators such as N95s or KN95s to protect themselves against COVID-19, we do understand the preference for faculty and staff to use a higher level of protection than is currently recommended.

Since N95s or their equivalent are not required for general public use, any general use of these respirators by faculty and staff would be considered voluntary use of respirators under the Federal Respiratory Protection Standard (29 CFR 1910.134), and by extension the KSU Respiratory Protection Program (RRP)(EOSMS-208). Anyone who chooses to wear a N95/KN95 voluntarily, must read and sign the KSU RPP Form “Voluntary Use of Respirators”, which is mandated by the above federal reference.


Watch Out for Counterfeit Respirators

Counterfeit respirators are products falsely marketed and sold as being NIOSH-approved. These products may not be capable of providing the appropriate respiratory protection to workers. NIOSH-approved respirators have an approval label on or within the packaging of the respirator. Additionally, an abbreviated approval is on the respirator itself. You can verify approval numbers for respirators by visiting the following site NIOSH Certified Equipment List (CEL).

A respirator may be counterfeit if you observe the following:

  • No NIOSH approval (TC) number on filtering facepiece respirator or headband No NIOSH markings
  •  Filtering facepiece respirator has ear loops instead of headbands
  •  No markings at all on the filtering facepiece respirator
  •  NIOSH spelled incorrectly
  •  Presence of decorative fabric or other decorative add-ons (e.g., sequins)
  •  Claims for the of approval for children (NIOSH does not approve any type of respiratory protection for children)
  •  Filtering facepiece respirator has ear loops instead of headbands
  •  Be cautious of good deals, the current price of respirators can be 3-5 times pre-pandemic prices.


Please contact with any questions regarding face piece respirators (N95, KN95, P100, etc.)