HSE Safety Alert - KN95 Masks

The HSE has issued a warning against the use and supply of KN95 Masks

The Uk Health and Safety Executivbe has issued an alert and press release concerning the use and supply of KN95 masks that have been avaialable in the UK market since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Their importation has been largely in response to unprecedented demand for masks and a global shortage

HSE state that “this respirator has been identified as suspect by HSE experts and locally arranged testing has confirmed they would not meet requirements, including to protect against the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. About 90% of the PPE concerns and queries currently being received by HSE involve KN95 masks which are often accompanied by fake or fraudulent paperwork.

HSE has quarantined around 1.5 million KN95 masks, prevented 25 million items claiming to be FFP3 respirators entering the supply chain and prevented a further four lines consisting of many millions of items entering the supply chain.

Rick Brunt, HSE’s director of operational strategy said: “The KN95 facemask should not be purchased or used.

For further details please contcat the HSE https://www.hse.gov.uk/