In addition to face coverings and face masks, Personal protective equipment (PPE) required by schools and education settings may include fluid resistant surgical face masks, face visors, thermometers, disposable gloves and aprons.
The PPE that Sera sells is intended primarily for medical purposes, but is widely used in other industries such as construction and suitable for school, colleges and educational settings where PPE is required.
Washable Face Masks For Children
In addition, to homemade face masks, there are medical face masks, designed to meet specific standards of performance.
Medical masks protect the wearer for large air borne particles and also others from the wearer’s secretions such as saliva. Respirator masks protect from much smaller particles including fluids.
Medical face masks have European Union standards (Types I, II and IIR) in order of increasing protection, therefore Type II has a better level of filtration than type I. Type IIR offers further against fluid penetration.
Washable face masks can be homemade or purchased and should be regularly washed by following the washing instructions for the fabric. You can use your normal detergent and wash and dry it with other laundry.
This washable, reusable face covering has completed European standards testing to EN14683:2019 Type I. Unlike homemade face masks and coverings this product is proven to filter 95% of bacteria whilst still being breathable. It’s made with Bac-Pure technology world class antimicrobial solutions and can be washed up to 50 times at 40°C and still maintain its filtration efficiency.
Whatever washable face mask you use, if it becomes damaged, you must throw it away.
It is vital that face coverings are worn correctly and that clear instructions are provided to staff, children and young people in schools and educational settings.
A face mask should cover your nose and mouth and fit comfortably and securely against the side of the face, secured with ties or ear loops.
Safe wearing of face mask requires hands to be cleaned before and after touching the covering, either washing with soap and water for 20 seconds or using hand sanitiser. This should therefore happen whenever putting on or taking off face masks and only touching the straps, ties or clips. If a face masks becomes damp, it should not be worn and the face covering should be replaced.
You should avoid touching the part of the face covering in contact with your mouth and nose, as it could be contaminated with the virus. Never share face masks and do not give it to someone else to use.
Further advice on wearing face coverings can be found here on the government website.
To store face masks safely, they should be stored in individual, sealable plastic bags between use. Make sure the face covering only touches clean surfaces, not desks or surfaces other people may have touched.
When finished with a washable face mask, store reusable face coverings in a plastic bag until you have an opportunity to wash them. If using a disposable face mask, dispose of it in a waste bin, not a recycling bin.