Introduction to ASTM’s New Face Mask Standard
Recorded On: 04/06/2021
This webinar will explain the details of the new ASTM Standard for Barrier Face Coverings. For suppliers, it will provide a basis to decide whether or not to have their cloth face coverings tested to the new ASTM standard. For distributors, it will provide a basis to know if they should be seeking ASTM 3502-21 compliant face coverings for their customers, and what the ratings mean.
As face coverings have become first-line protection for everyone since the beginning of the COVID pandemic, consumers have not had an objective, scientific and standard way to know how protective one type of face covering is versus another. During the past several months, a committee of mask and respirator experts has been collaborating with CDC experts to develop such a standard. Working within ASTM, the standards development organization, the committee published the first version of its standard on February 17. The standard is titled, ASTM F3502-21 Standard Specification for Barrier Face Coverings and is available at no charge during the pandemic from ASTM. This new standard establishes minimum care, design, labeling, and performance requirements for reusable barrier face coverings such as those sold in the promotional industry.
Rick Brenner, MAS+, of Product Safety Advisors will moderate the webinar, which will be presented by Jeffrey Stull. Mr. Stull is a world-renown expert in respirators of all types. Stull has served as co-chair of the ASTM F23-65 committee that developed the standard.
Alan Christopher, MAS, is a 30 year veteran of the promotional products industry. He has worked as a supplier sales manager managing multi-line reps, and is currently a multi-line rep based in Texas.
He is a 6 time PPAI Speaker of the Year, a recipient of the Veteran Facilitator Award, PPB Multi-Line Rep of the Year, and was honored by PPAI in 2002 with the Distinguished Service Award. He has developed and taught over 40 classes in 7 different business categories over the years for PPAI as a speaker at Expo, several of the PPAI Management Seminars, and has spoken for many regional associations around the country. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Marketing with an emphasis on B2B2C Social Media, and is an on-line adjunct instructor in Marketing.
Cliff Quicksell, MAS+
Cliff Quicksell, Jr., MAS+ has been involved in the promotional marketing and sportswear industries for 32 years. During this time he has achieved the MAS+ certification and has been actively involved in PPAI as a volunteer. Cliff’s He has served five terms as the education chairperson for the Chesapeake Promotional Products Association and is the recpient of several PPAI Pyramid Awards and PPAI Ambassador Speaker of the Year Awards. Cliff consults for and directs the marketing efforts for distributor iPROMOTEu.
Rick Brenner, MAS+ (Moderator)
Rick Brenner is a president of Product Safety Advisors, a training and consulting firm dedicated to consumer product safety and regulatory compliance. He spent 12 years as president and CEO of top 40 supplier Prime Line, was a founder and board member of QCA – the Quality Certification Alliance – and chaired QCA’s compliance committee for 7 years. He is a past president of ICPHSO, the International Product Health and Safety Organization and for ten years he has co-chaired PPAI’s annual Product Responsibility Summit. In January 2020, Brenner was honored with PPAI’s Distinguished Service Award.
International Personnel Protection, Inc.
Jeffrey O. Stull is President of International Personnel Protection, Inc., which has
provided expertise, research, and testing on the design, evaluation, selection, and use of
personnel protective equipment (PPE) to end-users and manufacturers since 1993. He
further has been instrumental in developing and promoting PPE standards for the
improvements of PPE. He was one of the two Ebola grand challenge winners to develop
PPE for West Africa in 2014. Mr. Stull has been very active in specific standards related
to healthcare products including ASTM standards on medical gowns, medical face
masks, and barrier face coverings as well as the NFPA 1999 standard on emergency
medical protective clothing and equipment.
Maurice Norris (Moderator)
Public Affairs Manager
Maurice Norris is the public affairs manager for Promotional Products Association International (PPAI). Currently, Maurice manages the government relations and product responsibility programs at PPAI. In these roles, he monitors legislative and regulatory developments affecting the promotional products industry. Maurice also assists members with compliance challenges facing their businesses and helps them advocate for their companies with various aspects and levels of government. Maurice also serves on the board of the Graphic Communications Workforce Coalition.
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