The UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has recently issued a Safety Alert regarding designated KN95 face masks (also known as filtering facepiece respirators). A substantial number of such masks have been found to provide an inadequate level of protection. These are likely to be poor quality products accompanied by fake or fraudulent paperwork.
A range of different types of KN95 masks have recently been found in Jersey, these masks have all been voluntarily withdrawn from sale following advice from the Health and Safety Inspectorate (HSI). Initial evaluation of the masks and associated certification has identified that none were able to demonstrate compliance with the necessary safety assessments to be used as PPE. Although some of the masks have a CE marking it is considered highly unlikely that this is genuine, although enquiries continue.
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