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FEBRUARY 2021 - SOFTLINES
Recently, the ASTM International published the Standard Specification ASTM F3502-21 for barrier face coverings and available for public access at no-cost.1
This Standard is applicable for single use and reusable barrier face coverings that are worn for the purpose of providing source control and to potentially reduce inhaled particulates. However, this Standard does not apply to the medical face mask as defined in the Standard ASTM F2100 and respirator as regulated under 42 CFR Part 84.
This Standard provides specification of various requirements such as:
Statement on the product label:
“MEETS ASTM F3502”
Statement on the package:
“MEETS ASTM F3502, SPECIFICATION FOR BARRIER FACE COVERINGS. THIS PRODUCT IS PRIMARILY INTENDED AS A MEANS OF SOURCE CONTROL FOR MINIMIZING THE PROJECTION OF EXPELLED MATERIALS FROM THE WEARER’S NOSE AND MOUTH.
WARNING: THIS BARRIER FACE COVERING IS NOT A MEDICAL FACE MASK AS DEFINED IN ASTM F2100, IS NOT INTENDED FOR USE IN MEDICAL PROCEDURES, AND IS NOT A RESPIRATOR.”
Where the barrier face coverings are declared to be compliant with this Standard Specification, manufacturer must comply with Conformity Aassessment Requirements in accordance to the guide ASTM F3050 and the testing for sub-micron particulate filtration efficiency and airflow resistance shall be performed by an ISO/IEC 17025 accredited laboratory.
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