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ANSI COVID-19 Member Update: CDC Updates Guidance on Masks that Meet a Standard

9/20/2021


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CDC Updates Sections on Masks that Meet a Standard

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced that it has made updates to its guidance on "masks that meet a standard," in addition to minor updates to its guidance on cloth masks and disposable masks.

As the CDC notes, some masks are designed and tested to ensure they perform at a consistent level, and these masks are labeled to identify the requirements they meet. The CDC advises to wear masks labeled as:

Lists of masks that meet standards, and more information on their availability can be found on the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Personal Protective Equipment Info (PPE-INFO) webpage.

Access additional information on other CDC updates, including:

  • an added section about respirators that meet international standards (e.g., KN95s);
  • added considerations for use of NIOSH-approved respirators because the availability of NIOSH-approved N95 respirators has increased significantly over the last several months;
  • an added section on alternative masks for special situations;
  • an updated section on “Choosing a Mask or Respirator for Different Situations;” and
  • an added section on considerations when selecting a mask or respirator for children.

See more ANSI member efforts in the ANSI COVID-19 Resource Webpage Highlighting Standardization Community Response.

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