WHY VOGMASK?

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WELLNESS

In certain circumstances, each of us has thought, "I shouldn't be breathing this." The quality of air we breathe contributes directly to our health. Vogmask offers protection from microscopic particles resulting from air pollution, dust, smoke, allergens, biologics, and natural causes. Wellness results from conscientiously applied healthy living principles and starts with breathing clean air.

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POOR AIR QUALITY

Vogmask is widely used in urban environments due to the high levels of air pollution. Particulate matter (PM) is classified based on the size of particle diameter.

Inhalable-Particles of 100 microns diameter or less.

Thoracic-Particles of 10 microns diameter and less that will reach the lungs. Referred to as PM10.

Respirable-Particles that will penetrate into the gas exchange region of the lungs. Particle sizes of 2.5 micron are referred to as PM2.5 and considered hazardous.

Vogmask protects from inhaled particles as small as 0.3 microns.

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ALLERGIES

Pollen particles entering the respiratory system often measure from 3 microns to 100 microns. We are currently experiencing an increase in sensitivity to allergens. Wearing Vogmask is a non invasive way to protect your lungs from inhalation of allergens when pollen count is high and in environments of triggering particles and odors.

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TRAVEL

Vogmask is the essential travel accessory for today. Whether you are travelling by air, train, bicycle, car, or just walking around, Vogmask provides highly efficient protection from airborne contaminants. Our stylish designs present a friendly face that inspires confidence and promotes health wherever you travel. Start a conversation about clean air by wearing a Vogmask.

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SENSITIVE LUNGS

There are many reasons that people wear a mask to protect their lungs. Some suffer from respiratory ailments such as asthma, some have suppressed or recovering immune systems. The best way to protect sensitive lungs is to prevent the introduction of foreign particles in the first place.

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WORKPLACE

Many workplaces have hazardous levels of airborne contaminants. Vogmask is CE Certified under provisions governing the design and manufacture of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Directive 89/686/EEC and General Product Safety Directive 2001/95 EC. The provisions governing personal protective equipment are fundamental to ensure a safer working environment.

Vogmask is certified as PPE for environments where mask use is recommended.

INTENDED USES and HEAD STRAP


What is the classification and intended use for Vogmask?

 Vogmask is designed as Filtering half masks to protect against particles.  

 Vogmask is Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety Certified KF-94, GB2626-2006 Personal Protective Equipment Certified KN95, and Certified for CE Mark Personal Protective Equipment - filtering half masks for particles, against EN 149:2001 + A1:2009 .  Vogmask conforms to NIOSH N99 filter efficiency as stated in 42 CFR Part 84.181.

 Functional description

 Respirators are PPE and are designed and used to reduce the potential exposure of the wearer to airborne hazardous contaminants.  There are two filtering layers sewn into the middle of the mask.  The filter layers are not replaceable.  

Efficient particle filtering microfiber for particles

Carbon filter layer for odors

 The following is a functional description of the Vogmask and its intended use:

  • Particle filtering half mask to reduce exposures to airborne particulate matter.
  • Helps to protect from airborne particles such as dust, pollen, shavings, contaminants, particles in wildfire smoke, and particles found in air pollution.
  • The mask can also help reduce exposures to airborne biological particles.
  • Intended for general public use and certified where reusable masks are allowed in workplace (EU and China)

Certain limitations apply to the use of the Vogmask product:

  • Follow fitting instructions carefully; filtering efficiency depends on proper fitting.
  • Do not use Vogmask for environments of extreme chemicals, gases, vapors, oils, aerosols, or oil based particles such as in industrial settings as these will degrade the filtering nanofibre and may affect filtering efficiency.
  • Do not use Vogmask in oxygen deficient or explosive atmospheres.
  • Does not eliminate the risk of illness, diseases, or infection.
  • Leakage will occur if facial hair passes under the face seal.
  • This product does not guarantee protection from illness or any harmful substance.

Precautions for use of Vogmask:

  • Size Small Vogmasks should be worn only under the supervision of responsible adult.  
  • Respirators are not recommended for use by under 3 years of age.
  • Supervising adult should check valve function before each use.
  • Supervising adult should monitor use of Vogmask in environments of poor air quality for replacement each 3-4 months or when middle layer particle filtering media is saturated as indicated by increased breathing resistance.

What is the difference between the one valve masks and the two valve masks?

Vogmasks are available in two Product Families:  Microfiber N99CV and N99 Organics.  The small disk on the side of the mask is a one-way exhalation valve.   

N99CV Vogmasks are printed microfiber outer layer, N99 class particle filtering media, carbon filter, woven microfiber inner layer, and one exhalation valve for facilitating exit of moisture and CO2 from the interior of the mask.  

Organic Vogmasks are solid color dyed outer layer organic cotton, N99 particle filtering media, organic cotton inner layer;   N99C2V Organics include N99 particle filtering microfiber,  carbon filter and two exhalation valves for facilitating exit of moisture and CO2 from the interior of the mask.  

Both product families have the same middle layer particle filter, efficient for protecting from microscopic particles of mean diameter .3 microns.

Does Vogmask help with sensitivity to odors?

There are two filtering layers sewn into the middle of the mask (not replaceable).  One is particle filtering microfiber, the other is carbon filter for odors.  Many people report that the carbon filter in combination with the particle filter provides protection from triggering senstivities.

Does Vogmask protect from particles in automobile exhaust and other airborne particles in poor air quality?

Vogmask is appropriate for use in environments containing emissions from internal combustion engines. 

  The majority of the post-combustion particles in the environment, which are soot (unburned carbon and ash) and other liquid and solid particles.  While some oil can technically be emitted as a particulate from internal combustion engines, it would exist in the nearby atmospheric air in very dilute amounts that will not degrade the Vogmask filter material.   

Vogmask is widely used in urban environments to protect against particulates including emissions from motor vehicles.

 Can Vogmask help for wildfire smoke? 

Intended Use of Vogmask in our Certified Product Families N99CV, N99Organic, and N99C2V Organic include efficient filtering of particles as found in wildfire smoke (filter media is tested at 99% of particles as small as .3 microns).

 The particle filtering capability of Vogmask protects from the majority of the post-combustion particles in the environment, which are soot (unburned carbon and ash) and other liquid and solid particles.  

 What is the useful life of Vogmask?

 The useful life depends on the environmental conditions the mask in which the mask is worn. The mask may be reused until the Use by Date marked on the packaging. The obsolescence date is three (3) years from the date of manufacture.  In environments of poor air quality, the particle filtering media will become saturated in as little as 3-4 months.  There is a sudden increase in breathing resistance indicating the entire mask needs to be replaced.  

 Vogmask is certified as a Reusable mask product. Once the middle layer particle filtering textile is clogged with microscopic particles, there is an increase in breathing resistance and a new mask is needed.

  • Disposable respirators marked “R” are designed to be re-used for a limited period. 

 If any part or assembly of the mask is damaged, or if a good seal is not achievable, discard the mask.

 

HEAD STRAP ACCESSORY

 A Vogmask Head Strap (head harness) is available as a separate accessory item to be worn by the user with any of the Vogmask variants.   The head harness attaches to the ear loops with snaps.  The head harness tightens the strap behind the head with a tensioner bead.

 CE CERTIFIED VOGMASK HEAD HARNESS is a useful accessory for securing the mask behind the head with a tensioner bead. 

 

         When a head harness is useful:

                           Playing sports in a mask

                           Riding a motorcycle, bike, or scooter

                           Improving fit

 

 

SIZING

 In general, Large is for most adults.  Mediums fit small adult female to about 9 years.  

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What size should I order?

 

Weight based Size Recommendations:

 

Small :  Under 50 lbs / 23 kg

 

Medium : 51-130 lbs / 23-58 kg

 

Large :  Over 130 lbs / 59 kg + 

 Please contact us if the mask you ordered is not the proper size.

 Precautions for use of Vogmask Small:

    • Size Small Vogmasks should be worn only under the supervision of responsible adult.
    • Consult your health provider for advisability of mask use under 7 years old. 
    • Respirators are not recommended for use by under 3 years of age.
    • Supervising adult should check valve function before each use.
    • Supervising adult should monitor use of Vogmask in environments of poor air quality for replacement each 3-4 months or when middle layer particle filtering media is saturated as indicated by increased breathing resistance.

 

What should I do if the ear loops tug on my ears and bend my ears forward?

 Try stretching the ear loops to maximum length two or three times, and then try the mask on again for size and comfort. If this does not work, contact us for replacement size procedure.

 

FITTING TIP:  When your Vogmask arrives, the ear loops are measured within variance according to Quality Plan.  If the ear loops are too short, gently stretch the loops until you hear indication of loosening of spandex, then try the mask on for more comfortable adjusted length ear loop.

 

What if the faceblank does not extend beneath my chin?

 Once you position the side up with the aluminum noseband formed over the bridge of your nose, a properly fitting mask should reach below your chin. If it does not comfortably reach below your chin, the mask is too small to get a good seal. Try first positioning the noseband lower on your nose bridge. If that does not work, please contact us for the next size larger.

 

What should I do if the mask fogs my glasses?

 Follow fitting instructions carefully. Make sure the side up is the side with the noseband for forming over the bridge of the nose. Form the aluminum noseband carefully on the gaps between the nose bridge and the cheeks. Your exhale should exit the mask through the exhalation valve and not out the gaps between the cheeks and nose bridge.

 

MAINTENANCE

 

What is the useful life of Vogmask?

 

The useful life depends on the environmental conditions the mask in which the mask is worn. The mask may be reused until the Use by Date marked on the packaging. The obsolescence date is three (3) years from the date of manufacture.

Vogmask is certified as a Reusable mask product. Once the middle layer particle filtering textile is clogged with microscopic particles, there is an increase in breathing resistance and a new mask is needed.

  • Disposable respirators marked “R” are designed to be re-used for a limited period. 

If any part or assembly of the mask is damaged, or if a good seal is not achievable, discard the mask.

 

Where is the filter and can it be replaced?

 

The particle filtering textile and the carbon filter are sewn into the middle layers of the mask and are the same dimension as the outer faceblank. The filter is not replaceable. After the useful life of the mask, the entire mask has to be replaced.

 

What is the disk on the side of the mask?

 

The disk on the side of the mask is a one-way exhalation valve designed to add comfort to the wearer by the free exit of moisture and CO2 of the exhale. Valved respirators protect the wearer from airborne hazardous contaminants.  

 

Does the exhalation valve filter the exhalation of the wearer?

 

No, the exhalation valve is made of three parts: a valve base, a silicone membrane (stopper), and a valve cover. The silicone stopper opens with the pressure of exhalation, and returns to closed position to prevent inward leakage. Valved respirators do not protect others from the wearer's exhalation.  For mask use where protection from the wearer's exhale and from exhaled particles, choose a mask without an exhalation valve. 

 

Can the valve be taken off for washing?

 

No, the valve is pressure sealed to the mask and remains on the mask when washing.  It is affixed with pins on the valve base and cover.  It is fine to get it wet, this will clear it of microscopic dust and particles. 

 

Can I wash my Vogmask?

 

Yes, the recommended washing instructions are:

Rinse outer and inner layer with water

Add a drop of liquid dishwashing soap

Rinse again and hang to fully dry before storage

Contaminants cannot multiply on textile without moisture

 

Does washing clear the filter media of microscopic particles?

 

No, washing keeps the outer and inner layer fresh.  It does not remove microscopic particles from the filtering nanofibre.

 

Is it normal to feel resistance when inhaling through a mask?

 

Yes, there is breathing resistance in any high efficiency particle filtering face mask.  For most people, once you are not thinking about it, the resistance is not an issue.  The inhalation resistance on our product is well within the acceptable range specified by NIOSH:

 

Test Procedure(s): Standard Test Protocol (STP) Number:     STP0145 Rev 03

The inhalation resistance criteria as stated in 42  CFR Part 84.180 is an initial inhalation not exceeding 35 mm water column height pressure . The test articles submitted by the sponsor conform to this NIOSH criterion for airflow resistance.

Results: Inhalation Resistance

Test Article   Result

      1               8.8

      2                   7.6

      3                   8.0

 

What is the Useful Life of a Vogmask?

 

Vogmasks are Certified Reusable. 

 

The particle filter media, sewn into the middle layer of the mask, is efficient for 3 years  from the manufacture date, marked on the back of the package (at the top of the  diamond).

 

The second filter layer is coconut shell derived carbon for odors and ozone. 

 

When the particle filtering textile is saturated with microscopic particles, there is a   noticeable increase in inhalation resistance, signaling time to replace the entire mask.

 

This may happen in as little as 3-5 months in very poor air quality.

 

If you have any questions about your mask or are unsure in any way about the integrity or function of any component of the mask, please contact us at contact@vogmask.com.