PPE Face Masks.

Leaving the safety of your home with confidence might make a lot of people feel nervous or guilty but wearing a reusable, washable fabric face mask can be a thoughtful and considerate choice right now for those important errands and getting back to work and play.

Face masks are now an everyday sight in Britain as Boris Johnson and his government admit they may be ‘useful’.

Face masks may stop someone catching the virus and there is evidence that they can stop already-infected people from spreading it.

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These are categories of masks we supply:

  • Disposable Medical masks – these are widely used by the NHS. Doctors, nurses, and healthcare workers are instructed to wear these types of masks as a minimum at all times when working near confirmed or suspected coronavirus patients. They are a 3 layer mask and don’t have built-in air filters. These masks can stop droplets of liquid, which are how the majority of the COVID-19 viruses are spread.
  • FFP1 Masks have an aerosol filtration of at least 80% and leakage to the inside of a maximum of 22%. This mask is mainly used as a dust mask (home renovations and various types of work).
  • FFP2 Masks have a minimum of 94% filtration percentage and a maximum of 8% leakage to the inside. These are used in construction, agriculture, and healthcare professionals against influenza viruses. They are currently used for protection against the coronavirus. The N95 face mask is the US equivalent of the FFP2 mask in Europe and is backed by the World Health Organisation as suitable for medical use.
  • FFP3 Masks are the most filtering mask of the FFPs. With a minimum filtration percentage of 99% and a maximum of 2% leakage to the inside, they protect against very fine particles such as asbestos. FFP3 masks are the gold standard for preventing the spread of airborne illnesses in hospitals. They must fit tightly to the face and have all air drawn through a filter that is embedded in the fabric and catches almost every kind of particle as the air flows through.
  • Reusable Cloth face mask – are useful for everyday wear and may help the wearer stay protected. It may prevent the spread of the coronavirus by encouraging people who are infected (but don’t know about it) wear something that stops the virus from being expelled on their breath.

Top 5 Reasons to choose Reusable Cloth Face Masks:

  1. Stay Safe: Wear cloth face masks in public settings, especially in areas of significant community-based transmission, such as public transport, supermarket, sports matches, and University or College Campus. Always remember to follow good hygiene though, by removing the cloth mask carefully after every use, putting the product in a high-temperature wash. Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said her government was now recommending wearing face masks in public in “limited circumstances”, including in shops and on public transport.
  2. Protect the NHS: Don’t use up critical stocks of surgical masks or N95 respirators, as these must be reserved for NHS Staff, healthcare workers, and other medical first responders. If a healthcare worker is required to wear a fabric face mask then it is advised it should be used with a face shield that covers the entire front and sides of the face and extends to the chin or below.
  3. Protect Others: Fabric face masks may lower the risk of people without symptoms transmitting the virus through speaking, coughing, or sneezing. They also instill a bit of confidence whilst out and about. London Mayor Sadiq Khan is among those calling for a change in advice to add “another layer of protection” to members of the public against Covid-19. He has previously said: “Wearing a non-medical facial covering makes it less likely you may inadvertently give somebody else Covid-19.”
  4. Cost-Effective: We can produce cloth face masks as an unlimited supply at low costs, they are reusable so an environmentally friendly mask choice.
  5. Creative Design Face Masks: Choose to get creative with your design, logo, and message. Face masks can be printed in brand colours, messages, and repeat patterns.

There are other effective ways besides using cloth face masks to prevent becoming ill with COVID-19. These include:

  • Cleaning your hands frequently. Use soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitiser
  • Practice social distancing. Avoid contact with people who are sick, and stay at home if there are many COVID-19 cases in your community.
  • Being conscious of your face. Only touch your face or mouth with clean hands.

*PPE is equipment that will protect the user against health or safety risks at work. Please note under this category we have included items that aren’t PPE but may offer some confidence & protection to the everyday traveller, student, staff, or volunteer. Remember the first line of defence is good hygiene. Washing hands, using hand sanitisers, practicing social distancing, and following the current Government and NHS guidelines.