During this global crisis, the safety of our employees and the public, including health care workers and first responders fighting COVID-19, is our highest priority.
We are making more respirators than ever before. Since January, we have doubled global N95 respirator production and are on track to increase our capacity to produce N95 and other respirators to 2 billion per year globally by the end of 2020.
As we further increase production of N95 respirators in the U.S. and import additional respirators from our plants in Asia, we can continue supporting the critical needs of health care workers, while also supporting workplace safety – enabling a limited re-opening of the economy.
Demand for personal protective equipment continues to far exceed supply for the entire industry. We continue to work with governments, health agencies, distributors and others to prioritize supplies to the most critical customer and public health needs.
3M is also partnering with others on innovative solutions, including investigating ways for hospitals to decontaminate, reuse and extend the life of N95 respirators under FDA Emergency Use Authorizations, helping Ford Motor Company rapidly design a new powered air-purifying respirator (PAPR), partnering with engine manufacturer Cummins to increase production of high-efficiency particulate filters for use in 3M PAPRs, and collaborating with MIT to develop a rapid diagnostic test for COVID-19.
We are grateful for the work our people are doing to support the public health response and are taking actions to protect and support them, including offering remote work when possible and providing robust safety protocols in our facilities.
We have created a new 3M hotline for the U.S. and Canada that end-users and purchasers of 3M products can call for information on how to identify authentic 3M products and to ensure products are from 3M authorized distributors. We have also shared our pricing in the statement below for many of the most common 3M N95 respirator models sold in the U.S. to help customers identify and avoid inflated prices.
Below is a list of the most frequently asked question we have received, with answers and links to direct you to more information.
We have not increased the prices we charge for respirators as a result of this global crisis, and we will not increase our current prices for respirators being used to help address the pandemic. We do not – and will not – tolerate price gouging, fraud, deception or other activities that unlawfully exploit the demand for critical 3M products during a pandemic. We’re working with law enforcement agencies around the world to aggressively pursue third parties that seek to take advantage of this crisis. We have also filed civil lawsuits against multiple price-gougers and bad actors who have implied or stated an association with 3M to defraud purchasers; in most of those lawsuits, we seek injunctions to stop further bad conduct. If we recover monetary damages, we will donate those to COVID-19 relief efforts. We’re also, in coordination with e-marketplace operators, making referrals to law enforcement authorities, taking down websites with fraudulent or counterfeit product offerings, removing false or deceptive social media pages, and sending cease and desist letters as a first step prior to taking further legal action.
Please view the Fraudulent Activity, Price Gouging, and Counterfeit Products PDF linked here for more information.
Additionally, if you’re in the U.S. or Canada and you’re concerned about any potential fraudulent or counterfeit activity, please contact us via our website linked here.
At this time, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have not made recommendations for respirator use by the general public. The CDC has recommended use of masks (not respirators) by members of the general public. More information on this can be found here.
As this is an evolving situation, we highly recommend that you consult local authorities and the WHO and CDC websites frequently for the most up-to-date information. Respirator use by the general public can be found here.
When properly selected and worn, any of 3M’s elastomeric respirator facepieces – when used with an appropriate particulate filter – will help reduce exposure to airborne droplets or aerosols, including those that may contain virus or bacteria. Our half facepiece reusable respirator options include the 6000 Series, 6500 Series, or 7500 Series. All of these would require separate eye protection, per the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Please note that our full facepiece respirators feature integrated eye protection. Additionally, you’d need to select an appropriate particulate filter, and one such option is our 6092X-series cartridges and 7000-series particulate filters, which feature hard cases that can be wiped down as part of your facility's infection prevention and disinfection protocols.
June 23, 2020
Proper selection and use are key to utilizing respirators to help reduce exposure to airborne contaminants. Find Technical Bulletins, How to Videos, Fit Testing Resources and more information to help you protect your employees and yourself.
Every day, health care workers on the front lines put themselves at risk to ensure others are cared for. 3M Medical offers resources and information to help protect providers and patients, especially during this challenging time.
If you have questions about the virus and how to best protect yourself, please consult the sources below for the most current guidelines and recommended precautions.