This British Face mask manufacturer was founded in March 2020 at the height of the COVID-19 Pandemic. The Directors (Ex-British Military), a team of Chartered Engineers, Registered Health & Social Care Practitioners and Chartered Health and Safety professionals identified the need for a UK-based respiratory mask manufacturer as sub-standard and counterfeit Respiratory Protection has found its way into the United Kingdom’s supply chain. During a period of necessity and desperation organisations purchased these sub-standard respirators, this has inevitably put our carers at risk.
It is the companies mission to manufacture top quality CE certified
Sars-CoV-2 respirators in full compliance with the EN149 standard to protect our healthcare workers against the COVID-19 Pandemic. By purchasing superior raw materials & ultrasonic machinery, investing in thorough independent laboratory testing, and assembling our product under stringent ISO 9001 conditions, we can guarantee a product which will safeguard the user.
The company has set up its manufacturing headquarters in the Northern Powerhouse county of Lancashire where it has capitalised on experience from the textiles industry, weaving and spinning for which the county was once famous. They employ 30 staff ranging from ex-forces personnel through to textile technicians made redundant during the current crisis.
Both valved and non-valved with superior elastics to provide both a comfortable fit and tight face seal to reduce the inward leakage to as low a possible.
As well as the European standard of FFP masks, MaskSafe also manufacture the Chinese KN95 respirator. Our customers based outside of the European Union requested a high quality UK made KN95 respirator tested to GB 2626-2006 standards for export. MaskSafe currently manufactures a fold flat valved and non valved version of the Chinese standard for our customers overseas.
Also valved and non-valved but of the traditional ‘Duckbill’ design. The benefit of this design is the additional space within the mask which gives improved respiratory relief. Audibility is also improved which is why the respirator is favoured when communicating with patients.
Protecting Health Care Wokers with
Prior to COVID-19 the full EN 149:2001 + A1:2009 legislation was in use to provide industry with respiratory protection toFFP3 and FFP2 standards. This meant that dust and particle would be filtered to a level of 99% for FFP3 and 94% for FFP2. Following the onset of the COVID-19 Pandemic the World Health Organisation issued guidance for FFP3 or FFP2 half face respirators to be used in aerosol generated environments where COVID-19 was present.
Unfortunately, there were not enough legitimate certified FFP3 and FFP2 masks on the market to supply front-line key workers and supply chain issues commenced. Organisations started to procure respiratory protection which had poor face fitting properties from ear loop securing as opposed to head harness securing. In June 2020, the UK HSE released a bulletin identifying Chinese KN95 masks as sub standard and non-compliant with European conformity. It was advised thatKN95 Chinese standard masks should not be used in the UK for protection against COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2).
To enable suitable and sufficient respiratory protection to meet supply the European Commission provided emergency legislation which is newly documented in PPE-R/02.075 Version 2. Masks certified under this legislation will be evaluated to provide protection for the COVID 19 / SARS-CoV-2 virus only.
The assessment creates efficiencies in testing, by considering the EN 149 standard, omitting COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2)nonspecific parts, and prioritising virus protection thus bringing the correct product to market in order to safe guard our health care and frontline workers.
Now this all British UK company currently manufacture the full range to PPE-R/02.075 version 2.
The full PPE-R/02.075 Version 2 European Legislation can be viewed below via the link.