What is a Flammability Test?
The Flammability test procedure evaluates the flammability of medical textiles including face masks, surgical gowns, and drapes. The test method is designed to comply with 16 CFR Part 1610. Flammability testing is required by the ASTM F2100 (Standard Specification for Performance of Materials Used in Medical Face Masks) to ensure that all face masks meet the requirements for Class 1 flammability. Testing is also required for 510(k) submissions to the FDA. In addition to the Flammability test, Nelson Labs can perform all ASTM F2100 testing as well as supplementary Material Performance Testing. Our flammability testing is done in conformance with criteria from:
- 16 CFR Part 1610
- ASTM F2100
Why is Flammability Testing Important?
The Flammability test determines the time of flame spread for the given material. All fabrics of natural or regenerated cellulose, as well as certain types of finished and unfinished fabrics made from other natural or synthetic fibers, are combustible. Some combustible fabrics are potentially dangerous to the wearer because of the speed and intensity of flame with which these fabrics burn and their ease of ignition.
Recommended replicates: For the flammability test FTS101 we need samples a minimum of 150 mm x 150 mm. We need a total of 14 samples, but if the samples are large enough, we can take more than one sample from the material. But best practice is to have 1 test per sample.