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1.1 This specification covers testing and requirements for materials used in the construction of medical face masks that are used in providing health care services such as surgery and patient care.
1.2 This specification provides for the classification of medical face mask material performance. Medical face mask material performance is based on testing for bacterial filtration efficiency, differential pressure, sub-micron particulate filtration efficiency, resistance to penetration by synthetic blood, and flammability.
1.3 This specification does not address all aspects of medical face mask design and performance. This specification does not specifically evaluate the effectiveness of medical face mask designs as related to the barrier and breathability properties. This specification does not also apply to respiratory protection, which may be necessary for some health care services.
1.4 The values stated in SI units or in other units shall be regarded separately as standard. The values stated in each system must be used independently of the other, without combining values in any way.
1.5 The following precautionary caveat pertains only to the test methods portion, Section 9, of this specification: This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
F1494 Terminology Relating to Protective Clothing
F1862 Test Method for Resistance of Medical Face Masks to Penetration by Synthetic Blood (Horizontal Projection of Fixed Volume at a Known Velocity)
F2101 Test Method for Evaluating the Bacterial Filtration Efficiency (BFE) of Medical Face Mask Materials, Using a Biological Aerosol of Staphylococcus aureus
F2299 Test Method for Determining the Initial Efficiency of Materials Used in Medical Face Masks to Penetration by Particulates Using Latex Spheres
ANSI/ASQC StandardANSI/ASQC Z1.4 Sampling Procedures and Tables for Inspection by Attributes
ISO StandardISO 2859-1 Sampling Plans for Inspection by Attributes
Military StandardMIL-M-36954C Military Specification, Mask, Surgical, Disposable
Federal Standards42 CFR Part 84 Approval of Respiratory Protective Devices
ICS Number Code 11.140 (Hospital equipment)
UNSPSC Code 46182001(Masks or accessories)
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ASTM F2100-04, Standard Specification for Performance of Materials Used in Medical Face Masks, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2004, www.astm.orgBack to Top