How to use a surgical face mask

UK certified and MHRA approved face masks made in Nottingham UK

Wearing a surgical face mask (Type IIR face mask) is mandatory in many health and care settings. But if surgical face masks are not used in the correct way it can jeopardise the efforts of stopping the virus to spread.

The WHO advises to make wearing a mask a normal part of your day-to-day routine and use internalise the proper use, correct storing and appropriate disposal of surgical masks.

The help you and your staff to use your type IIR face masks in the appropriate way we have summarised the WHO advise for the use of surgical face masks for you.

How to use surgical face masks, the Do’s:

  • Make sure you only use tested and MHRA certified face masks.
  • Wash your hand before touching the mask.
  • Inspect the face mask for tears and holes.
  • Find the top side, where the metal piece or stiff edge is.
  • Ensure the coloured-side face outwards.
  • Place the metal piece or stiff edge over your nose and fit with light pressure.
  • Adjust the IIR face masks to your face without leaving gaps on the sides
  • Avoid touching the face mask
  • Remove the face masks from behind the ears or head
  • Keep the used mask away from you and surfaces while removing it
  • Discard the face mask immediately after use, preferably into a closed bin.
  • Wash your hand after discarding the face masks.
How to use a surgical face mask (type IIR)
(image source: WHO – Website)

How to use surgical face mask, the Don’ts

  • Do not use a ripped or damp surgical face mask.
  • Do not wear the mask only over mouth or nose.
  • Do not wear a loose face mask.
  • Do not touch the front of the mask.
  • Do not remove the mask to talk to someone or do other things that would require touching the mask.
  • Do not leave the used face mask within the reach of others.
  • Do not reuse the mask.
How to use a surgical face mask.
(image source: WHO – Website)

And always be aware that a face mask alone cannot protect you from COVID-19. Keep a distance of at least one metre when ever possible, wash your hands frequently and thoroughly why wearing a mask.

You can find further advise on the correct use of face masks on the homepage of the Word Health Organization.

What face masks should I use?

when to wear a face mask in England

This is a question a lot of people ask themselves and there is often confusion between what a face mask is and can do and what a face covering is for.

Face coverings are for use by the general public in places where people come into contact with other people. Face coverings intent to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Face masks are PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) and have a high filtration rate to offer a higher level of protection.

Face masks are used in medical settings or by businesses.

We explain the difference between face masks and face coverings and when it is appropriate to use them.

What is the difference between a face mask and a face covering?

Face coverings:

Face coverings are intended for use by the general public and are not PPE. This means they do not have to carry a CE mark and should not be sold or used as PPE. There is no regulation for homemade face coverings. If face coverings are made with the intent to sell or supply others they must meet the regulations of the General Product Safety Regulations 2005 (GPSR).

Surgical (medical) face masks:

Surgical masks are tested and certified to EN 14683:2019+AC:2019, like the Type IIR face masks from Home Shield Products.  Surgical face masks are classified as, and have to comply with the regulations for class 1 medical devices.

Surgical face masks are intended to limit the transmission of viruses, bacteria and other infective agents. Surgical masks are intended to be a barrier to infection of others though they do offer limited protection to the wearer. Medical face masks are classified into two main types.

 Type I:

 These masks should only be used by patients and other persons to reduce the risk of spread of infections particularly in epidemic or pandemic situations. Type I masks are not intended for use by healthcare professionals in an operating room or in other medical settings with similar requirements.

Type II and Type IIR:

 These masks are mostly designed for use by healthcare professionals in an operating room or other medical settings with similar requirements. Type II is further divided according to whether or not the mask is splash resistant. The R signifies splash resistance. These products are certified under the European Medical Devices Regulation as a Class I device, so they must be CE marked based on the manufacturer’s self-declaration unless they are supplied as sterile. Home Shield Products face masks are Type IIR face masks to EN 14683:2019+AC:2019 and the face masks are tested and certified in the UK and MHRA approved.

IIR Face masks made in UK with BOX 1

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Production of IIR Face Masks made in Nottingham has started

IIR Face masks made in UK with BOX 1

It was a challenging journey for Home Shield Products Ltd, from just the idea of providing UK made face masks to having an operating production line with a weekly capacity of 500,000 face masks.

The journey to become a certified IIR face mask production facility

Appalled by the shortage and the often substandard quality of imported face masks, in March 2020 Dr Abraze Khalique and  a few like- minded local business men developed the plan to produce high quality face masks in the UK, right here in Nottingham.

With this idea in mind Home Shield Products Ltd was founded to become a manufacturer of high quality, fully certified face masks in the UK.

Facilities and production lines to manufacture IIR face masks

The management of Home Shield Products Ltd has made substantial investment in the premises in Nottingham to transform them into a cleanroom environment with positive atmosphere pressure to ensure the highest standard for the production of surgical face masks.

Another considerable investment was made in the acquisition and installation of two production lines to manufacture type IIR face masks.

Experienced and highly qualified machine operators are employed to make sure operations run smoothly and all necessary requirements in the production of surgical face masks are not only met, but exceeded.

UK tested, certified and MHRA approved face masks

From the outset it was the aim of the company to be a reliable provider for the NHS, care homes and businesses in the UK for high quality and fully certified face masks made in the UK.

To give the maximum confidence to its customers, the dedicated management team of Home Shield Products Ltd, has decided to get the products tested not only by one but by two of the leading test facilities in the UK.

The Type IIR face masks have been tested and certified to EN 14683:2019 +AC:2019 by SGS Testing, the worlds leading testing company and 4wardTesting one of the UK’s most renowned material testing institutions.

In early October the Home Shield Products Ltd face masks received MHRA approval and production has started.

500,000 IIR face masks per week

With all the obstacles, of building a manufacturing line that not only meets all legal requirements for surgical Type IIR face masks, but also the high demands the team around Dr. Abraze has set themselves, production has started.

From mid-October both production lines are up and running with an output of 500,000 type IIR face masks per week.

If you want to know more about the company and for all business enquiries please email us on or call us on 0115 924 4380

Face Masks when and where to wear in England

when to wear a face mask in England

This information is according to the government advice update from the 31 July 2020.

In England, you must wear a face covering by law in the following settings:

  • public transport,
  • indoor transport hubs (airports, rail and tram stations and terminals, maritime ports and terminals, bus and coach stations and terminals),
  • shops and supermarkets (places which are open to the public and that wholly or mainly offer goods or services for retail sale or hire),
  • indoor shopping centres,
  • banks, building societies, and post offices (including credit unions, short-term loan providers, savings clubs and money service businesses).

You should wear your face covering before entering any of these and must keep it on until you leave.

For members of the public, from 8 August the places where you will have to wear a face covering will be expanded to include:

  • Funeral directors
  • Premises providing professional, legal or financial services
  • Cinemas
  • Theatres
  • Bingo halls
  • Concert halls
  • Museums, galleries, aquariums, indoor zoos or visitor farms, or other indoor tourist, heritage or cultural sites.
  • Nail, beauty, hair salons and barbers – other than where necessary to remove for treatments
  • Massage parlours
  • Public areas in hotels and hostels
  • Places of worship
  • Libraries and public reading rooms
  • Community centres
  • Social clubs
  • Tattoo and piercing parlours
  • Indoor entertainment venues (amusement arcades, funfairs, adventure activities e.g. laser quest, go-karting, escape rooms, heritage sites etc)
  • Storage and distribution facilities
  • Veterinary services.
  • Auction houses

The government recommends face coverings are worn in these settings now but this will be voluntary until 8 August, then it becomes mandatory.

The public is also strongly encouraged to wear a face covering in all enclosed public spaces where social distancing may be difficult.

Where this law does not apply

Face coverings are not required in restaurants with table service, bars, and pubs.

Face masks should be worn in indoor places not listed above where possible, especially if it is a place where you come into contact with people you do not usually meet and close contact can’t be avoided.

When can I remove my face mask?

Remove your face covering in order to eat and drink if reasonably necessary. This should be in an area that is specifically for the purposes of eating and drinking and where social distancing and infection control measures are in place.

Put the face masks on again when you leave this area.

Home Shield Products Ltd. face masks are manufactured and certified to EN14683:2019 in the UK.

For all inquires please call us on 0115 924 4380 or use the contact form.