BSIF Bulletin HSE Safety Alert on KN95 Masks
Please find below an HSE Safety Alert, warning against the use and supply of KN95 for use at work, as personal protective equipment.
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.