Emergent Standard Updates Present a Path to ASTM- and NFPA-compliance for Face Masks
Normal life today looks a bit different than it did a few short months ago, as face masks have become an important way to curb the spread of COVID-19. Correspondingly, as utility, energy infrastructure, and other vital workers who face arc flash and flash fire hazards push forward to keep our country going, arc-rated and flame resistant (AR / FR) face masks are now important COVID-19 PPE because they do not pose a flammability hazard.
But do industry standards incorporate performance specifications for AR / FR face masks, and what do they say?
Prior to the emergence of COVID-19, industry standards did not incorporate provisions for this type of face mask. However, unprecedented times have called for unprecedented measures, and industry standards-writing organizations are pursuing emergency updates to incorporate AR / FR face masks alongside AR / FR clothing and PPE for arc flash and flash fire protection. In fact, a path to ASTM- and NFPA-compliance for AR / FR face masks is currently being reviewed by the standards-writing community, and is expected to be in place by early fall 2020.
Watch this short video for a complete update from Scott Margolin, Vice President of Technical, on emergency standard changes underway for ASTM F1506 and NFPA 2112:
Don’t forget: AR / FR masks are arc rated and flame resistant, but are NOT intended to replace your normal AR / FR head, face, and neck protection – like balaclavas, neck gaiters, and face shields. Here’s why. Instead, they are COVID-19 PPE without posing a flammability hazard.
Do your workers need AR / FR masks to stay safe from both COVID-19 and arc flash/flash fire hazards on the job? Since COVID-19 began spreading in the US, we heard the call and moved quickly to design and manufacture AR / FR face masks. So far, we’ve shipped more than 1 million AR / FR masks! Contact a National Account Executive today to review product options and complete details.