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Non-medical masks

man withe non-medical mask

BNQ 1922-900
Non-medical masks for the workplace — Attestation document

The BNQ will be offering an attestation for non-medical masks for the workplace that achieve an equivalent level of performance to that of medical masks. For workers, the non-medical mask will offer a high level of protection if in the presence of people who are pre-symptomatic or asymptomatic, but nonetheless contagious, and likely to transmit the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 linked to COVID-19.

With the collaboration of a technical committee, the BNQ is coordinating the development of the attestation document BNQ 1922-900 Non-medical masks for the workplace. This attestation document will outline, among other things, quality and performance criteria along with testing methods. It will serve as a reference for the mask attestation program that will enable businesses to have the conformity of their products recognized.

The BNQ expects to be able to receive requests for attestation from businesses as early as during the month of December 2020.

Members of the technical committee

Number of committee members: 11
Mr. Daniel BergeronLogistik Unicorp
Mr. Stéphane CaronInstitut national de santé publique du Québec
Mr. Valério IzquierdoGroupe CTT
Mr. Charles LabrecqueCommission des normes, de l'équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail
Mr. Sébastien LeclercNoriske
Mr. Alberto MoralesInstitut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et sécurité du travail (IRSST)
Ms. Françoise PâquetConseil québécois du commerce de détail (CQCD)
Ms. Aurélie RisisamoutTC Transcontinental
Ms. Michelle SecoursFrëtt Design/Frëtt Solutions
Ms. Carine VilleneuveQSD
Mr. Martin VézinaAssociation Restauration Québec (ARQ)


New Bulletin 3 (2020-11-23)

Although the technical committee is continuing to meet to finalize the list of requirements, part of the attestation process has already been established. An inspection visit will be carried out by the BNQ to collect a random sample of masks, considered to be representative of one or more lots, for the tests required by the attestation program. The minimum number of samples required will be determined according to lot size, which is determined according to the number of masks.

A lot is defined as being a set quantity of masks that have the same characteristics and have been produced under uniform conditions, determined by the smallest quantity of a consignment of raw material, while respecting specific criteria as will be listed in the attestation document (for example: place of manufacture, design, manufacturing and finishing processes, etc.).

Publication of the attestation document BNQ 1922-900 is still planned for December 2020. The document will be available in French.

New Bulletin 2 (2020-11-16)

The technical committee has determined that the official name of the reference document for the attestation program is BNQ 1922-900 Non-medical masks for the workplace – Attestation document.

In order to ensure a level of protection equivalent to that of medical masks, the attestation document is built on the requirements and methods of testing from among the following reference standards:

•  AFNOR SPEC S76-001 Barrier Masks – Guide to minimum requirements, methods of testing, making and use;
•  CWA 17553 Community face coverings – Guide to minimum requirements, methods of testing and use;
•  ASTM F2100-19 Standard Specification for Performance of Materials Used in Medical Face Masks.

The document BNQ 1922-900 will contain in a single source all the necessary requirements for certifying non-medical masks. Manufacturers will therefore not have to obtain the reference standards listed above or other standards. Only test laboratories will require them.

New Bulletin 1 (2020-11-10)

The work of the technical committee, which is composed of representative stakeholders in the field (see committee members tab), began on October 26. As of November 10, six (6) meetings have been held and the work is progressing well.

The performance requirements of the masks will be of the same level as those for medical masks. The requirements are expressed in terms of performance (for example: filtration and differential pressure) and not in terms of means, thus leaving freedom of choice of materials and design to the manufacturers.

It should be noted that the committee members favour the term non-medical mask as the attestation document BNQ 1922-900 will be applicable to any type of mask whatever the materials used and whether the mask is reusable or not.

Press review (French only)



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