FACE MASKS AND PERSONAL PROTECTION EQUIPMENT
We manufacture all types of PPE and Protective equipment including the manufacturing of surgical Face Masks (both disposable and Type IIR Face Coverings) and disposable protective aprons. Our protective masks go through the process of passing international standard tests that certifies them as surgical masks, or in other words – Type IIR Medical Masks.
Manufactured in the UK
We pride ourselves on made in Britain, from our manufacturing facilities to our design teams and customer support teams we are all here, based in the UK. Renowned for high quality and standards, Gravitas International are part of the mass movement towards a national supply chain that provides enough to supply both our country, Europe and further afield.
In the context of the COVID-19 outbreak, a face covering is something that safely covers the nose and mouth.
Face coverings are primarily worn to protect others because they cover the nose and mouth, which are the main sources of emission of the virus that causes coronavirus infection
(COVID-19). They can also provide some protection to the wearer.
There are many types of face covering available.
What makes a good face covering
Face coverings work best if they are made with multiple layers (at least 2 and preferably 3) and form a good fit around the nose and mouth.
The difference between face coverings and face masks
Face coverings are not classified as personal protective equipment (PPE), which is used in a limited number of settings to protect wearers against hazards and risks, such as surgical masks or respirators used in medical and industrial settings.
Find out more about the differences between surgical face masks, PPE face masks and face coverings
When to wear a face covering
The legal requirement to wear a face covering no longer applies. However, the government suggests that you continue to wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces where you may come into contact with people you do not normally meet.
Customers, visitors or staff may choose to wear face coverings in any setting.
Face coverings and face masks will continue to be required in health and care settings to comply with infection prevention and control (IPC) and adult social care guidance. This includes hospitals and primary or community care settings, such as GP surgeries. They must also be worn by everyone accessing or visiting care homes.
You are required to wear a face covering on entering these healthcare settings and must keep it on until you leave unless you are exempt or have a reasonable excuse for removing it. Examples of what would usually be a reasonable excuse are listed in the ‘If you are not able to wear a face covering’ section below.
The Department for Transport has updated its guidance on safer travel for passengers.
The Department for Education has updated its guidance on the use of face coverings for schools, early years settings, out of school settings, and further and higher education settings.
Face coverings are a requirement under infection prevention control (IPC) guidance in healthcare settings. There are some circumstances where people may not be able to wear a face covering.