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CDC Spec Double Layer FR Mask
The CDC Spec Double Layer FR Face Mask is the newest addition to our collection of arc and flame resistant neck gaiters. As the originators of FR Face Masks, we have set the standard for FR masks and face coverings.
Because Benchmark FR is a manufacturer of flame resistant personal protective equipment, we quickly react to the updated Center for Disease Control (CDC) design requirements for masks, while maintaining the ASTM F1506, NFPA 70E and NFPA 2112 standards for arc and flame resistant personal protective equipment.
* Mask vs Respirator: According to the CDC, masks and respirators offer different levels of protection. Well-fitting masks, made of fine woven fabric work by containing droplets and particles you breathe or sneeze out. While more protective respirators like N95 and KN95 act as filters for particles and viruses. Click here for the full summary of recent changes.
Unfortunately, the polypropylene resins used to make N95 style respirators are highly flammable, and people exposed to arc flash or flash fires, as well as those who work in hazardous environments, require the wearing of FR clothing and accessories.
CDC Requirements For Face Coverings:
A proper fit over your nose, mouth, and chin to prevent leaks.
Multiple layers of tightly woven/knitted, breathable fabric.
Nose wire (encased in plastic and FR materials).
Fabric that blocks light when held up to bright light source.
No gaps around the sides of the face or nose.
No exhalation valves, vents, or other openings.
No single-layer fabric, or thin fabric that doesn't block light.
Made by Benchmark FR in the United States using Benchmark FR Cotton fabric.
This item meets the performance specification ASTM F1506-18 which is the Standard Performance Specification for Flame Resistant and Electric Arc Rated Protective Clothing Worn by Workers Exposed to Flames and Arcs. This specification is called out in OSHA 1910.269, NFPA 70E and CSA Z462.
This clothing item is UL Certified and meets the requirements of NFPA 2112-2018. It is considered flame resistant clothing for protection against short term duration thermal exposure from fire in accordance with NFPA 2112-2018. Note that NFPA 2113 requires upper and lower body coverage.
Meets NFPA 70E: Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace. Arc Flash PPE Category 2 or “CAT 2” with an Arc Rating (ATPV) = 8 cal/cm2
This garment is constructed from arc and flame resistant fabric and components in a facility with audited quality controls. It will resist ignition and not continue to burn when the ignition source is removed. This garment is not intended for fire fighting activities and provides no protection from chemical exposure. This garment will maintain its flame resistant properties for the life of the garment provided wash and care instructions are followed.
Released in February 2022
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