Frëtt Design and its Frëtt Solutions division are pleased to witness the creation of a formal Quebec attestation program that will allow workers to wear reusable (washable) non-medical masks recognised by the Standards Commission on Equity, Health and Safety in the Workplace (CNESST) and certified by the Bureau de normalisation du Québec (BNQ).
“Aware of the necessity to reduce the use of certified procedural or medical masks, quantities of which are limited, and to verify the performances of masks available on the market, the CNESST asked, the Robert-Sauvé Research Institute for Health and Safety in the Workplace (IRSST) to use their expertise in particulate filtration to identify the most effective materials. Subsequently, the CNESST assigned the BNQ the task of developing a certification program regulating the production of non-medical masks so that they provide adequate protection when used in the workplace.”, according to the Official BNQ press released November 3, 2020.
The BNQ is working with a standardization committee to develop this certification program for manufacturers (Fascicule BNQ 1922-900). Compliant products will be identified by a distinctive seal of approval. The end of the work is scheduled for December 2020. Michelle Secours, president and designer at Frëtt Design, has been invited to sit on this committee of experts.
“It is obvious that this standardization committee is an important turning point towards the sustainable development of personal protection equipments in the context of the pandemic, but also for the future. For us at Frëtt, ecology is the main leitmotiv of our involvement since it encompasses the protection of humans and their environment, which is essential to us. We are very proud that our high-performance and reusable face coverings, developed thanks to the expertise of our R&D division Frëtt Solutions, can be used by workers and individuals.”, explains Michelle Secours, president and Designer of Frëtt Design.
The standardization committee (BNQ 1922-900) encompasses eleven (11) institutional, industrial and sectorial experts from the following organizations: National Institute of Public Health of Quebec (INSPQ), CNESSTIRSST, Quebec Retail Council (CQCD), Quebec caterers Association (ARQ), Groupe CTT (Center for technology transfer specialized in textiles), Frëtt Design / Frëtt Solutions, Noriske, Logistik Unicorp and TC Transcontinental.
Michelle Secours, President and Designer at Frëtt Design
Phone: 418 388-1317