This Publicly Available Specification (PAS) outlines minimum requirements for performance, labelling, construction and testing of non-medical face masks. These non-medical face masks are intended to reduce the risk of general transmission of infectious agents but do not fall under the ambit of personal protective equipment (PPE).
It covers non-medical face masks made out of paper, plastic, fabric or any other materials (synthetic or natural) that are disposable or reusable. It also applies to non-medical face masks that are stitched or bonded by any other methods.
This PAS does not apply to the following types of face masks:
- folded without stitching;
- medical; and
- elastomeric particulate respirators.
The PAS does not address flame resistance, high-heat, electrical arc or related hazards.