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Coronavirus

PPE testing and consultation services

Consultancy and testing for PPE face masks and visors that help meet UK standards

NPL provides a range of consultancy and testing services to help manufacturers ensure their PPE face masks and visors are fit for purpose and meet UK standards. Our range of services include:

Consultancy

  • Support in understanding and interpreting standards and testing procedures for face masks and visors.
  • Design consultancy for face masks and visors.
  • Support with innovation for PPE to produce the next generation of products

Face Mask and Visor Testing Services

Testing products against the most critical EN requirements (e.g. EN14683 and EN149).

  • Comparison with a database of approved CE marked products giving insight to relative product performance.
  • Measurement of the most critical performance characteristics including:
    • Air flow resistance and breathability of filter materials and masks.
    • Splash resistance for surgical IIR masks.
    • Filtration efficiency and particle size penetration.
  • Non-standard testing of novel product features using NPL’s broad scientific base (e.g. surface coatings).
  • Support for evaluation of impact of cleaning and ability to re-use through before/after performance comparisons. 

We have developed test capabilities linked to the three most critical performance parameters. For PPE face masks and visors this includes criteria such as flow resistance, particle penetration and fluid resistance to support rapid testing of new designs and existing products.

NPL’s work with industry, and in understanding the standards required, means designers and manufacturers can be given the best chance of achieving certification. Ensuring that their products can be put into production in good time and, more importantly, will be safe to use.

“At a critical stage in our product’s development, being able to use NPL’s knowledge of its intended application, their validation capabilities and their wider network of experts was especially helpful.

After one short conference call to capture our requirements, NPL were able to return testing simulation results to us within 48hrs.

This helped us expedite the design process, gave us greater confidence of the expected outcome and enabled us to progress the relevant approvals much quicker than anticipated.”

At a critical stage in our product’s development, being able to use NPL’s knowledge of its intended application, their validation capabilities and their wider network of experts was especially helpful.
After one short conference call to capture our requirements, NPL were able to return testing simulation results to us within 48hrs.
This helped us expedite the design process, gave us greater confidence of the expected outcome and enabled us to progress the relevant approvals much quicker than anticipated.

Neil Clarke - Head of Ideas & Innovation, Gripple

 

Contact us now and see how we can help your PPE meet UK standards.

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