The Carefix Barrier Masks have successfully passed the required tests defined in the new EU standard CWA 17553 for Community Face Coverings and AFNOR SPEC S76-001 with the following impressive results:
The Carefix Barrier Masks are intended as a passive support garment that forms a barrier for hand-to-face contamination, and are classified as Community Face Coverings. The excellent test results verify that the filtration ability and air permeability of these textile masks exceed the requirements in the standards for Community Face Coverings.
A barrier mask is not just a barrier mask – quality and security must be in place. A new common European standard may help manufacturers of textile barrier masks to ensure this.
The use of textile masks is becoming more and more widespread, but you cannot be sure they function as intended, if the masks are not tested for security and quality.
The technical instruction for barrier masks provides common guidelines for quality and security. It is a great tool for manufacturers in the acutely arisen situation where many people are expected to use masks and where we may risk a shortage of the CE marked single-use masks.
The European Standard CWA 17553 for barrier masks is based on a French standard as in France barrier masks have been part of the street scene for quite some time now.
The instruction can be downloaded for free via this link: https://www.cencenelec.eu/research/CWA/Documents/CWA17553_2020.pdf
First and foremost the textile masks are more comfortable to wear. Another very important feature is that they are washable and can be reused multiple times, which reduces the amount of waste resulting from daily use of a mask. Textile masks therefore present a more eco-friendly solution, as they reduce the environmental impact considerably. They may also be cheaper in the long run and tend to be easier to handle in use.
The Carefix Barrier Masks are made in a super soft, Oeko-Tex certified material. As stated in the test results, they provide high breathability for increased user comfort and the one-piece tube design of the masks eliminates both seams and the need for elastic bands around the ears - and it also ensures easy and safe use as well as a good fit, so that the masks stay in place and are extremely comfortable to wear.
We offer two types of barrier masks in more colours. Click the pictures below to go to product specifications.