BYD N95 Masks

You may have received or heard about a notification from Safer Care Victoria (SCV) that was released over the weekend regarding BYD N95 respirators.


This is not a recall of the BYD N95. It is a safety alert following reports of incorrect usage and concerns reported from the sector.

This notification identifies two issues:

Risk of tearing the mask if used incorrectly

There have been reports of the BYD masks suffering small tears and\or non-visible tears if the elastic strap is pulled through the securing staple to make it ‘shorter’.

This is against the manufacturer’s instructions for use, and not an intended design feature.

The BYD N95 remains safe and appropriate to use if used in line with the manufacturer’s instructions, and a fit check can be achieved.

Issue 2: NIOSH Certification questions

There have been concerns raised in the sector that the BYD masks currently in circulation were produced prior to BYD being granted NIOSH N95 Certification.

BYD began the process for NIOSH registration in March 2020. The BYD N95 masks currently in circulation were produced in May 2020. BYD was granted NIOSH certification in early June 2020.

BYD has confirmed that no changes were made to the design, raw materials or construction of the BYD N95 mask between lodging the application and receiving NIOSH approval.

The BYD N95 remains safe and appropriate to use if used in line with the manufacturer’s instructions, and a fit check can be achieved.

Thank you for your continued support, flexibility and dedication.

Dr Anjali Dhulia
Chair, PPE Expert Advisory Committee
Executive Director, Medical Services / Chief Medical Officer



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