Attention: Purchasing, HR, OSHA, Safety, Loss Control and Risk Management Professionals

Info-Webinar on Newly Released ASTM Standard for General-Purpose Face Masks

presented by a member of the committeecharged by the CDC/NIOSH to create a national face covering standard.

This important, highly anticipated national standard will change the way you view, assess and purchase face coverings – and increase your exposure.

Complex, confusing and burdensome — for manufacturers, purchasers and end-users alike — the 

ASTM F 3502 Standard Specification for Barrier Face Coverings will improve mask quality and enhance end-user awareness.  As is often the case, it will also create new employer challenges.

This webinar covers topics of interest to employers and their advisors including: viral transmission and bioburden risk, killing vs. blocking COVID-19, face mask efficacy, exposing false claims/myths, comparing masks, new face mask performance measures, consumer advisory labelling deficiencies

and how the new standard impacts employer exposure, liability and compliance.

Now Available for Online Viewing Anytime!

This webinar was presented several time in late February and early March just after the standard was released.  It was well-received and attended by a few hundred employer representatives and their professional advisors. 

Understanding that everyone's schedule is different, and wanting to make the presentation available to as many people as possible, we created a video version of the presentation which it is now available for viewing online, at any time, by clicking the icon at left.  If you are interested in obtaining a PowerPoint version of the presentation ... or if you wish to have a customized presentation created for your specific professional audience... please contact Richard Nicholas at 

About the Presenter: Richard L. Nicholas

A seasoned industry veteran having four decades of management-level experience in the self-funded, managed care and outsourcing sectors, Richard Nicholas has owned and held executive positions with national TPAs, BPOs and MCOs; represented 200+ TPAs before the U.S. Congress and been trusted  to facilitate more TPA mergers, and acquisitions than anyone.    An innovator, author and newly - minted  “social entrepreneur”,

Mr. Nicholas conceived of and created the Research Consortium to undertake much needed payor-focused translational research on new and emerging medical technologies / health innovations and to facilitate more, smarter, and less costly medical research.  Richard earned a BA with distinction from Boston College and an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua Graduate School of Business.


Richard is the author of the study: COVID-19: ITS TRANSMISSION, AND FACE MASK EFFICACY, The Definite Employer Guide to Purchasing Face Masks for Your Valued Employees (click cover to read).

At 70 pages, and with 176 references, it was written to help employers understand viral transmission, select the

best face mask and manage the risks, liabilities and regulatory challenges attendant to providing face masks.

Richard is a member of both the workgroups established by the textile industry’s two leading standards organizations to create / maintain guidelines, standards and specifications for general - purpose community face coverings: AATCC M14-2020 Guidance and Considerations for General Purpose Textile Face Coverings (the world's first community face mask specification) and ASTM F3502-21: Standard Specification for Barrier Face Coverings.

He has studied the face covering specifications of every international standards entity including those of the European Committee for Standardization, Canada, England, France, Ireland, Portugal, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Israel, Denmark, Sweden, the Netherlands, Norway, Finland, Australia, New Zealand, the African Union, Kenya, Argentina, Brazil, Singapore, So. Korea, Malta, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Russia Federation.