FAIRFIELD, N.J. — February 18, 2021 — As increasingly folks within the US are sporting face masks to forestall the unfold of COVID-19, SGS has introduced a brand new means for customers to know if reusable material masks conform to business and regulatory necessities.
Certainly right now, SGS, one of many world’s main testing and certification firms, launched an independently checked mark to assist customers wade via the assorted claims with respect to masks and face coverings.
“Customers want reassurance from producers and retailers that the reusable material masks they’re utilizing are performing as meant”, says Matthew McGarity, Senior PPE Technical Supervisor for SGS North America. He provides, “In addition they have to know necessary standards resembling what number of laundering cycles their masks can undergo till they’re now not of use.”
SGS labored with main consultants in textiles, filtration and restricted substances to draft numerous home and masks/face protecting pointers. The Independently Checked Mark (IC Mark) could also be used to point that the topic masks has been examined for sure traits together with breathability, particle filtration effectivity, labeling, strap/attachment power, service life claims, restricted substances and flammability.
Particularly, the brand new IC Mark checks and qualifies using key efficiency attributes from a newly printed business consensus normal, ASTM F3502 Normal Specification for Barrier Face Coverings. SGS and different business consultants helped draft the brand new normal which incorporates standards resembling design, minimal efficiency, and care/use directions.
A key good thing about the brand new IC Mark for producers, retailers and customers is the elevated transparency it creates. It’s a clear demonstration that the producer has chosen to concentrate on important high quality and efficiency traits, making a product that meets or exceeds the minimal necessities of the ASTM F3502 normal.
Samples are drawn at random and despatched to one among SGS’s international community of unbiased laboratories to be examined. Check outcomes are printed on-line, with every IC Mark together with a Fast Response (“QR”) code on the packaging which customers can scan utilizing their cell telephones to get instantaneous entry to the check outcomes.
Customers can discover a transient description of the product with a picture, the date and scope of the check, the check standards and outcomes, plus the approval quantity. It additionally supplies particulars of the producer and any relevant retailers.
Posted February 18, 2021
Supply: SGS North America Inc.