Utopia has added three types of disposable face masks to its safety product series.
The light equipment supplier is aiming to help foodservice sites enhance hygiene and safety, as well as giving a uniform appearance to front and back of house teams.
All the masks have at least a three-ply construction, the outer layers are non-woven fabric and central layer is made of melt-blown material, designed to underwrite the bacterial efficiency level (BFE).
The general mask type is said to have a BFE minimum filtration level of 90% and holds GB/T 32610 accreditation. The second is designed to offer more protection with a BFE filtration level of 95% and holds EN14683:2019. This is a Type 1 medical mask. Both types measure 170 x 95mm, are available in blue or white and pack sizes of 50.
For situations that require more protection the KN95 mask is claimed to be suitable. It has an additional layer of melt-blown material and fits closely to the face so that air cannot pass the edges of the mask, said to achieve efficient filtration of airborne particles.
The mask is individually bagged and is made of four layers, including two layers of melt blown fabric, giving a claimed BFE of 95%. The mask holds GB2626:2006 accreditation which is the equivalent of EN149:2001+A1 2009.
All face masks need to be fitted correctly and, as they are disposable, they must be discarded immediately after use to ensure maximum effectiveness.
Kathryn Oldershaw, marketing director of Utopia said: “One thing we’re very aware of is that foodservice operators do not want to feel that their PPE may be depriving healthcare workers, so we have developed new sources that won’t in any way interfere with NHS supplies.”
The masks cost from £0.50 each and are supplied in boxes of 50.