According to the National Standards Authority of Ireland, most masks for sale do not comply with the rules.
The Irish Times The body is reportedly working with the Department of Health, the HSE, the Competition and the Consumer Protection Commission to quickly find a new standard for face masks.
The standard known as SWiFT 19 should be printed on the packaging for products that meet the standards. This label shows shoppers that it is best to try a mask during a pandemic and follow public health advice.
It is designed to ensure that a mask protects against virus transmission, is made of a suitable material and is comfortable to wear for a specified period of time.
Which can breathe
SWiFT 19 and the European standard – known as CEN / CWA 17553 – certify that a mask is made of a suitable material that is breathable, protects people from the spread of Covid-19 and is comfortable to wear for a long time.
Elizabeth O’Farrell of NSII, who is in charge of developing the SWFT 19 standard, said most masks for sale do not meet the minimum requirements.
“From the trolling products, I would say the vast majority do not meet any specifications,” she told the Irish Times.
This is a real challenge when it comes to consumer protection. ”
Miss O’Farrell said that a lot of people buy designer masks that celebrities have been warned about and that it should not meet any features.
Homemade masks are also a problem, she said.
However, they also point out the international public health advice, “Any mask is better than a mask.”