At a time when PPE is extremely scarce, there is a huge amount of pressure on purchasing teams and individuals to not only source PPE (which is getting increasingly more challenging), but with more and more fake PPE hitting the UK market this is getting even harder.
So how do you ensure PPE products are safe? In order to provide maximum protection for the individuals wearing them, products must meet specific safety standards, as recommended by the British Standards Institute, such as:
fake or real?
Fake masks - how to spot a fake
Counterfeit masks are a massive problem right now. Some of the counterfeit masks really do look like the real deal but are unlikely to offer the level of protection that is promised. Use this checklist to ensure any products you purchase are fit for purpose and safe for your staff.
FFP2 and FFP3 Masks must have:
*For Covid 19 there has been a special exemption to fast track PPE. If the importer has a valid certificate of exemption from a recognised notified body, then they can sell product without a CE mark.
Surgical Masks must have:
BSI has made a series of European Standards (ENs) for medical devices and personal protective equipment (PPE) used in the context of the current COVID-19 outbreak available on their website, which cover face mask, medical gloves and protective clothing: https://www.bsigroup.com/en-GB/topics/novel-coronavirus-covid-19/medical-devices-ppe/