Coronavirus Help

As the world learns to adapt in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to provide as much help to our customers as possible. Currently most of our staff are working from home so we can continue to serve our customers. We are working hard to procure stocks of desperately needed PPE and other supplies. You can read how COVID-19 may affect your order here

We have put together this page as a resource for those looking for support with COVID-19 and it will include latest news and press releases related to our products and how they can help in the global effort and also our latest information on stock availability so you can quickly find if we have what you require. We have included guides on correct use of PPE from government resources. 

PPE: Practical Help & Product Guides

HSE SAFETY ALERT: Use of face masks designated KN95

HSE has issued a HSE safety alert KN95 masks about the poor quality of face masks claiming to be KN95.

A substantial number of face masks, claiming to be of a KN95 standard, provide an inadequate level of protection and are likely to be poor quality products accompanied by fake or fraudulent paperwork. These face masks may also be known as filtering facepiece respirators.

See the HSE safety alert KN95 masks for more details

Camlab as a BSIF registered provider will only provide PPE which meets Uk and European standards such as FFP2 and FFP3. We can provide test certificates for all of our PPE products

How to remove gloves correctly

At the time of writing, the government guidance makes no recommendations for the general public to wear gloves in day to day activities, however it is recommended if you are in closer contact with a person suspected of having COVID-19 and also handling things they have touched including their clothes. Do not touch your face even when wearing gloves and remember everything you have touched with your gloved hands could now be infected. Gloves should be removed correctly, to ensure your hands themselves do not become contaminated. 

Please follow this removal guide as written by the CDC. (Please be aware current findings suggest COVID-19 can live of surfaces for around three days. Keep this in mind when disposing of your gloves and do not put them in your refuge collection until this time has passed.)

Donning (Putting on) PPE correctly for healthcare workers

Guidance released from Public Health England - available here.

Doffing (Taking off) PPE correctly for healthcare workers

Guidance released from Public Health England - available here.

Comparison of FFP2, KN95, and N95 and Other Filtering Facepiece Respirator Classes

In terms of facemask and respirators, you may have heard various terms used such as FFP2 and N95. In short, these are geographical names used describe 'equivalent' masks. There are subtle differences in masks.  In Europe the relevant standard for masks in FFP2. 3M have produced this useful bulletin to describe the differences between the mask classifications. 

Whats the difference between surgical and respirator masks? Will any protect against Coronavirus?

There are two main types of disposable mask - the surgical mask and the respirator mask. You can read our blog post here explaining the differences and what type of mask is recommended for viral protection and what standards you should be looking for in a mask. 

Putting on Respirators and Fit Testing

When using a disposable respirator, it is essential it is worn correctly otherwise it will not have the intended protective effect. Where possible, we have added manufacturer videos on our masks which describe this process. You can see the general guidence issued by the HSE here. 

Press Releases & Latest News

UK Government - Latest Information on COVID-19

Government & European CDC Information Pages

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