COVID-19: SON Orders  printing of factory location on face masks,  for Traceability 


By Industrial Digest

Standards Organisation of (SON) has directed local manufacturers of face masks to inscribe factory location for traceability and user’s instruction on the product packaging.

The SON also advised tight sealing of the packaging materials to prevent the contamination of the products in transit.

The Agency made the call during quality assurance inspection of mass production of Barrier Masks in Abia and Rivers States.

This was to ensure that the barrier masks are produced to the requirements of the AFNOR SPEC S76-001: 2020 and thus achieve the protective  measures that it was intended for.

The companies visited are Logistics De Luke Ltd., located at 20, Park Road, Aba, Abia State where mass production of Barrier Masks was ongoing, and Nigeria Airforce Investment Limited (NAFIL) Tailoring workshop located inside the NAF Base Portharcourt, Rivers state.

In Abia State, the SON inspection team was led by the Abia State Office Coordinator, Oluyomi Lad-Alabi, accompanied by Messrs. Ben Elesho, Atowa Chidiebere and Okecwukwu Okaugo.

Receiving the SON team, Director – General, Abia State Quality Management Agency, Mr. Sam Hart, on behalf of the State Government described the inspection as timely.

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He said that the company had just received an order through the General Theophilus Danjuma Foundation to supply 200, 000 units of the barrier masks to Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps in the North East of Nigeria.

In PictureSON State Coordinator Yomi Lad-Alabi (right) trying on a sample of the Barrier Mask during the inspection.

He expressed the appreciation of the Abia State Government to SON for its past collaboration in the area of quality assurance support to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in the State.

The General Manager of the Company, Mr. Chijioke Nwagwugwu explained that the company was mainly producing the Barrier Masks for the State Government to curb the community transmission of the Coronavirus.

Responding, Mr. Lad-Alabi commended the efforts of the company and the Abia State Government at curbing the community transmission of the Corona virus in the State in particular and the Country in general.

The SON inspection team explained the Standards in detail while being conducted round the company production processes.

Copies of the Standard for making and using of Barrier Masks were given to the company at no cost.


The Managing Director of NAFIL, Air Commodore Clavartrinitas Uchechi Nwagwu who disclosed that the centre was established to produce coveralls uniform for the Air Force personnel as well as personal protective equipment (PPE) coveralls for frontline health workers, received the SON team, led by State Coordinator Engr. Ayuba Samuel.

Air commodore Nwagwu commended SON for being in the frontline of fighting COVID-19 during these perilous times.

He stressed that the company was ready and willing to complement SON efforts by ensuring that its products conform to applicable standards and are able to meet certification requirements.

Responding, Engr. Ayuba applauded the management for switching attention to Barrier Masks and PPEs to meet the need for mass production, in order to enable the country flatten the curve of the COVID-19 infection.

Copies of the applicable Standards were presented to NAFIL while samples of the products were obtained for Laboratory tests and analysis.



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