Desert in Dark

An outline of current medical face mask performance requirements and testing

Medical face masks and respirators have taken the spotlight during the current pandemic. With the increased emphasis on wearing of face coverings an understanding of the testing required for approval of these products is imperative. An understanding of the difference between these two products and the test methods used to prove compliance is important for choosing the appropriate product to ensure the right mask is used for each purpose. Test methods can range from simple air differential tests to complicated bacterial filtration efficiency tests; each of these tests gives important information about the functionality of the product.