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Upcoming AFS Chapter Meeting: Overview of the Current Requirements for General Barrier Face Coverings

The Great Lakes Chapter will meet Thursday, March 18, from 9:00 to 9:45 am central time. The topic, “Overview of the Current Requirements for General Barrier Face Coverings,” will be presented by Matthew McGarrity of AFS Corporate Sponsor SGS-IBR Laboratories. The meeting will be held virtually and is open to everyone.

AFS chapter meetings are an easy way to pick up specific and valuable knowledge from industry experts. The meetings are free for all AFS members and just $15 for non-members.

Matthew will discuss a review of the new ASTM specification for barrier face coverings, ASTM F3502. Barrier face coverings are defined as a product worn on the face specifically covering at least the wearer's nose and mouth with the primary purpose of providing source control and providing a degree of particulate filtration to reduce the amount of inhaled particulate matter.

Matthew McGarrity has been in testing, inspection and certification for over 10 years and specializes in regulatory, industry and quality requirements. His areas of focus are respirators and medical PPE such as gowns, gloves and surgical masks. Matt earned bachelor’s degrees in Science in Energy, Business, and Finance from Pennsylvania State University. He is a member of standard development organizations and groups which publish and maintain medical device specifications and related methods such as:

  • ASTM (Committee F15 Consumer Products and F23 Personal Protective Clothing and Equipment)
  • AAMI (Assn. for the Advancement of Medical Instruments
  • AATCC (American Assn. of Textile Chemists & Colorists)
  • NSF (National Science Foundation)

For a more in-depth study of face covering requirements, Matthew is presenting an AFS two-hour Short Course on March 30. Read more about that course and register here.

Register Here for the Great Lakes Chapter March Meeting.

Contact Lyn Sholl at [email protected] if you have registration questions.

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