It has been brought to the attention of the HSE that a substantial number of face masks, claiming to be of KN95 standards, provide an inadequate level of protection and are likely to be poor quality products which may be accompanied by fake or fraudulent paperwork. These face masks may also be known as filtering face-piece respirators.

Personal protective equipment (PPE) cannot be sold or supplied as PPE unless it is CE marked. The only exception is for PPE that is organised by the UK Government for use by NHS or other healthcare workers where assessments have been undertaken by HSE as the Market Surveillance Authority.

The HSE statement KN95 must not be used as PPE at work as their effectiveness cannot be assured.

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