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Published: Kem. Ind. 70 (7-8) (2021) 419–428
Paper reference number: KUI-21/2021
Paper type: Review
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Types, Application, and Labelling of Face Masks in the Republic of Croatia During the COVID-19 Pandemic

A. Tomljenović


With the occurrence of the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-12 and the disease called COVID-19, in the Republic of Croatia we are faced with living conditions in which wearing of face masks has become a daily necessity and obligation. Therefore, this paper provides an overview of the basic types of face masks – valved and valveless filtering half masks, medical (surgical) masks, and hygienic masks. Their applicability in everyday use, the essential requirements that they must fulfil, the types of textile materials of which they are made, and their classification and labelling are described, with special reference to valid national and European legislation and standards, while questioning the possibilities of respiratory protection.

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face masks, respiratory protection, labelling, COVID-19, textile