These masks are not suitable for use in a medical setting.
What are Civilian 3 Ply Disposable Face Masks?
3 Ply Non-Woven Disposable Face Masks are quality non-woven face masks that are intended to cover the nose and mouth in order to minimise the incidence of cross-infection in clean or sensitive environments.
What can Disposable Face Masks be used for?
When someone talks, coughs or sneezes they can release tiny drops into the air that can infect other people. If the infected person wears a facemask, it can reduce the number of germs that the wearer releases, which can protect other people from becoming sick. Disposable masks can be used to help prevent harmful airborne substances from entering the body through the nose and mouth and also to prevent pathogens and germs being spread by the wearer. This can be required in a number of circumstances including:
- To help protect from germs and infection
- Personal use to help prevent the spread of infection from yourself and for protection from other people’s germs
- To help prevent cross-infection
How do Face Masks work?
The masks are manufactured from 3-ply, spun-bonded polypropylene, non-woven fabric with an integral plastic-coated strip above the nose for optimum fit, whilst being light-weight and comfortable. The elasticated loops are latex-free to minimise allergic reactions.
How to use this product
Disposable face masks should be used once and then thrown in the bin. You should also dispose of and replace your mask when they become moist.
Disposable masks are easy to use, simply follow the following steps:
- Clean your hands with soap and water or hand sanitiser before touching the mask
- Remove a mask from the box and make sure there are no obvious tears or holes in either side of the mask
- The side of the mask that has the stiff strip should be placed at the top, across your nose
- The coloured side of the mask should face away from you
- Place a loop around each ear to secure
- Mold or pinch the stiff edge to the shape of your nose
- Pull the bottom of the mask over your mouth and chin
- Clean your hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer before touching the mask
- Avoid touching the front of the mask as it is contaminated – only touch the ear loops
- Hold both of the ear loops and gently lift and remove the mask
- Dispose of the mask in a bin
- Clean your hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer
How to remove the mask
What other preventative measures can you take to protect yourself from airborne substances?
Using a mask is just one preventative measure you can take to protect yourself from respiratory pathogens, dust and harmful airborne substances. However, it is recommended to not rely on masks alone to provide an adequate level of protection. Here are a few more steps you can use, along with the use of safety masks to protect yourself from harmful substances in the environment:
- Perform hand hygiene frequently, using soap and water (where possible) or an alcohol-based hand rub
- Try not to touch your face, especially your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
- Cover nose and mouth with a bent elbow or paper tissue when coughing or sneezing and dispose of tissue immediately after use
- Keep surfaces clean and disinfected
Please can you confirm which CE this product is sold under as I want to make sure I buy an approved product.
The masks are civilian masks. They aren't suitable in a medical setting, but do have a CE certificate, which I have emailed you separately
Please confirm what CE these masks are as I can't find it in the description. I'm trying to buy an approved product. Thank you.
These masks are type 1 suitable for civilian use only. We are currently in the process of changing the product title to:
- Disposable Civilian Protective Type 1 Face Masks 3 Ply – Pack of 50
Are these surgical masks certified?
These masks are Disposable Civilian Protective Type 1 Face Masks 3 Ply. They aren't designed to be used in a medical setting
I am slightly confused. I read that authentic N95 masks have bands across your head as that gives better fitting I.e not elasticated loops for behind the ear which are fake. Yet the picture of your N95 mask shows ear loops. Please clarify. Thx
The N95 code relates to the country of certification. N95 is the USA code.
The certification does not relate to the ear straps, it relates to the filtration (amount of particles stopped by the mask)
Are Surgical 3 Ply Disposable Face Mask - Pack of 50 CE approved? Or EN approved?
These masks are Disposable Civilian Protective Type 1 Face Masks 3 Ply â€“ Pack of 50. I have emailed you the certification
Do these masks come in a box? Or are they in a packet?
I can confirm that they come in a box. Within the box they are sealed in a cellophane packet.
Are these mask FFP2 or FFP3 rated. I am referring to the Disposable Civilian Protective Type 1 Face Masks 3 Ply
Disposable Civilian Protective Type 1 Face Masks aren't designed to be used in a medical setting. They aren't FFP2 or FFP3 rated.
What country are these masks manufactured in?
China made half the worldâ€™s masks before the coronavirus emerged there, and it has expanded production nearly 12-fold since then. These masks are made in China.
What's the best masks to buy?
The British public hasn't previously been advised to wear face masks unless they're caring for someone with the disease or they work on the frontline.
N95 masks are disposable face masks that are proven to filter the air to an industrial standard.
Manufacturers vary, but the N95 is a stamp from the US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health to show that it is efficient.
They generally have an 8-hour shelf life before becoming clogged depending on the work you're doing.
As they offer so much protection, they are used by doctors and nurses in a medical setting.
However, they have not been recommended for use to the general public yet due to supply issues for health workers
These disposable 3-ply masks are fluid-resistant and the most common type of facial protection you'll see health care staff wearing.
They are used to prevent infected droplets from doctors, nurses and carers entering the respiratory system of the patient.
Although they don't have built-in air filters, they are considered effective enough for most staff outside of intensive care.
They are disposable and are only intended to be worn once.
DIY dust masks (FFP)
Found in most hardware stores, dust masks can offer some level of protection from particles - if worn correctly.
If it says FFP1 then it’s a basic kind of dust mask and offers the lowest level of filtration for this kind of respirators mask.
To meet European standards, they have to be able to filter at least 80 per cent of particles - with FFP 3 filtering 99 per cent.
That means that it can’t filter out tiny particles associated with viruses and bacteria.
You can also get a FFP3 mask, which looks similar but has a small filter in the middle to catch almost all airborne particles.
Short of being a full gas mask, it offers the best protection - as long as it fits properly - and is more effective than an N95 as well as the FFP1 and FFP2
I have recently received a box of disposable civilian face masks and I would just like to confirm if there is an expiry date for the masks. There is a number which indicates 2016 but I am unsure if this relates to a date.
There is no expiry date on the masks, but typically safe for upto 12 months once the plastic bag is opened inside the box. This is due to the elastic degradation.
These masks for for non-medical usage
Are these masks CE marked and/or EN certified? A previous customer asked this but an evasive answer was given. It's important so kindly furnish an answer?
The masks are CE Certified.
I need to get some masks but I have COPD so I donâ€™t want a fabric mask, could you advise the best masks to wear please? I have been looking at the box of 50 and wonder if these would be ok?
The packs of 50 masks would be fine, although if you want a harder wearing reusable mask I would recommend the KN95 with filters, which come in packs of 10s
Do these masks come in a sealed box?
The masks are sealed in cellophane inside a cardboard box.
Are these masks made in the UK
No, they are produced in China
What filtration % are these face masks?
Type I are 95% Type IIR are 98%
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