With a huge range of masks currently available – and an ill-informed discussion taking place about their value, Residents in Lytham St. Anne’s will be able to take note of a new kitemark which will verify when face coverings are of a certain quality. This new kitemark will certify that the covering filters out at least 70 per cent of all particles while also passing tests for ‘breathability’
BSI said the scheme will assess face coverings to a technical specification. It will also provide ‘independent approval’ of the quality of fitting and the instructions provided to a wearer on how to properly use the covering.
Howard Kerr, Chief Executive of BSI has said:
“There is an overwhelming choice of face coverings available in the market. The challenge is knowing which claims they make are valid and whether they provide a basic level of protection to others. Face coverings that are independently assessed to schemes such as the Kitemark will allow consumers to make an informed and trusted decision.”
One Lancashire manufacturer has already gained the kitemark. Patrick Grant, a Director of the Blackburn-based company Cookson & Clegg commented:
“Everyone knows the Kitemark and knows that its stands for quality. For 160 years Cookson & Clegg has been in the business of manufacturing the highest quality sewn products for customers from the MoD to Burberry. Throughout this pandemic our factory in Blackburn has been making scrubs, gowns and face coverings for the NHS and others and we are delighted to be one of the first manufacturers to receive the coveted BSI Kitemark for our product.Even after more than 100-years, the BSI Kitemark continues to be the beacon of quality, performance and safety to both consumers and businesses buying everything from fire extinguishers to secure digital services. Like all BSI Kitemark schemes, the new face coverings will be tested on an ongoing basis to ensure that manufactured products continue to meet the necessary requirements, year after year, in order to be trusted.
Masks or some form of face covering will be mandatory in shops in England from next Friday, 24th July in the battle against the spread of Covid-19.