- Dust masks are not NIOSH* approved disposable filtering facepieces. They can be worn for comfort against non-toxic nuisance dusts during activities like mowing, gardening, sweeping and dusting. These masks are not respirators and do not offer protection against hazardous dusts, gases or vapors.
Dust masks can be mistaken by NIOSH approved N-95 respirators. How can you tell the difference? Look for a NIOSH label printed on the box and/or mask. Also the use of the word “respirator”on the box may indicate it it’s a NIOSH aproved respirator.
Dust “nuisance” mask: