As you supply your workforce with face masks, it’s important to understand what to look for when evaluating a face mask manufacturer. Not all masks are created equal, and we’re here to share why. Here are 5 guidelines to consider when choosing a face mask for your employees.
The material in which a face mask is designed is critical to ensure a comfortable and durable mask. The CDC recommends face masks with a material that not only allows breathing without restriction but can survive washing without damage. Marena’s Reusable Antibacterial Face Mask is designed with our patented TriFlex™ fabric (infused with Silvadur™ antibacterial protection), which can stretch beyond its original length and be washed multiple times without losing effectiveness. This enables reusability and keeps costs low.
Sourcing a face mask of high quality starts with the materials used in production: a superior material, type of thread and straps, the sewing technique used, etc. It’s important to ensure the face mask is durable and manufactured well. The manufacturing process should include hand-sewn production and strong quality assurance procedure. Marena includes both of these in the development processes of our post-surgical compression garments, compression shapewear, and compression activewear collections.
Ensuring the proper level of protection is essential to selecting the right mask for your teams. The CDC recommends face masks that are designed with multiple layers of material to ensure the barrier between the face and the environment is robust. Our Reusable Antibacterial Face Mask is designed with downward facing pleats, and adjustable ear loops to ensure the fit allows for proper protection of the nose and mouth.
Homemade or D.I.Y. style face masks can be much less protective than a manufactured face mask. Often, D.I.Y. style masks have larger pores than medical-grade materials, allowing a much higher percentage of particles to pass through the fabric. Similar issues can arise with manufactured cloth masks. While the construction of the face mask may be more durable than the one made in your kitchen, there’s still room for improvement. The best option is to source face masks from a medical device manufacturer.
As a medical device manufacturer, Marena ensures all face masks are developed with medical-grade materials. In addition, medical device companies are required to abide by strict quality and regulatory practices set by the FDA and ISO. From the equipment used, to the sewing technique, to materials, a medical device manufacturer provides the highest quality and protection possible.
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*This product is authorized for sale under an FDA Emergency Use Authorization (dated April 18, 2020). Specifically, this product is authorized for sale as a Non-Surgical Face Mask (Class I medical device) to be used by the general public and/or by Health Care Professionals in a healthcare setting, as Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). This product is non-sterile and has not been tested to N95 or other standards for particulate filtration, liquid barrier protection, resistance to high intensity heat source / flammable gas, or infection prevention. It is not intended to be used as a respirator or in such clinical setting where the risk level of infection through fluids or inhalation exposure is high. This mask has not been tested for effectiveness against the COVID-19 virus. Each mask is intended for use by one person only and must not be shared. See instructions for use and cleaning, provided separately.