EXPIRED N95 RESPIRATORS
In November 2020, SUN advised members that due to the high demand and limited supply of PPE around the world, the SHA applied for and received an exemption to use expired N95 respirators. The exemption expired on October 1, 2020; the SHA reapplied for an exemption to use expired N95 respirators.
The SHA applied to the Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety (LRWS) under Section 3-85 of The Saskatchewan Employment Act, for exemptions regarding the use of expired N95 respirators.
The SHA has received an exemption regarding the use of specific models or stock numbers of N95 respirators that have expired (within the pandemic PPE inventory). This exemption, valid until November 5, 2021, was granted following appropriate and acceptable testing of the respirator models listed below, and with specific conditions in place in place for the use of the stock.
This exemption is limited to the following makes and model numbers of N95 respirators:
- 3M 1860
- 3M 1860s
- 3M 1870
- 3M 8210
- Kimberly Clark 46727
- Kimberly Clark 46827
As per the exemption, the SHA must perform retesting every six (6) months of the expired N95 respirators covered by the order.
NOTE: SUN members must be notified by the Employer if, and when, their unit is utilizing expired N95 respirators.