INDA adds additional webinar date to explain new ASTM standard on facemasks




CARY, NC, February 16, 2021-

INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, announced an additional webinar date of Tuesday, March 2, 11 am EST to discuss the new ASTM F3502-21 Standard Specification for Barrier Face Coverings launched by ASTM on February 15.  This standard establishes for the first time a set of test methods that evaluate the filter, fit and leakage performance of barrier face coverings, commonly referred to as “facemasks” worn by the general public, and not to be confused with respirators nor medical or surgical masks.  The webinar will be presented by respiratory expert, Jeff Stull, Vice Chair of the ASTM Committee that wrote the standard, and Dave Rousse, INDA President.  It will provide a detailed review of the new ASTM standard and the test methods it entails and the impact on the entire supply chain of facemask production. Details and registration are available here:  www.inda.org/inda-webinars    

The purpose of guidance for the general public to wear facemasks is to control the spread of viruses. Facemasks made to this new ASTM standard will also provide a degree of particulate filtration to reduce the amount of inhaled particulate matter.


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