On Monday, 13th July, the UK government decided to make it compulsory to wear face masks. This means we have to start thinking about wearing a mask more seriously. But there are so many different types of masks and it is hard to be in the know.

Here is an overview of all different masks, you should know about:

– Single-use masks

Single-use masks have normally one layer and are very thin. They are typically only effective at capturing larger dust particles but do so fairly well.

Surgical mask

Surgical mask standards have higher requirements for capturing virus-sized (0.1 microns) particles, however, they vary by regions so check the filtration levels.

Pollution masks (respirators)

Pollution masks typically capture >90% of virus-sized particles. There are different kinds of respirators: N95, KN95, FFP1, FFP2 and FFP3.

N95: The N95 is an American standard. We are being asked for N95 mask regularly now, but people don’t seem to realise this is a USA standard and that if they buy these they will cost more as have to be imported into the UK and Europe.

KN95: KN95 masks are the Chinese standards for N95/FFP2 masks. But be careful, the HSE warned against the use and purchase of the ‘KN95’ respirator

FFP1, FFP2, FFP3: The FFP masks are the European standards. There are three classes of filter efficiency for these masks, namely FFP1, FFP2 and FFP3. The FFP1 mask It is the least filtering mask and the FFP3 mask is the most filtering of the FFP masks.


CE EN166 Class III Face Shields

Image Line Exhibitions is just launching Category III masks, CE EN166 Class III Face Shields. There are only approximately 10 UK certified companies, who are able to produce these masks.

The CE EN166 Class III Face Shield protects against virus and bacteria. This will keep your business and employees safe. The shield covers the full face but nevertheless it is very light and provides freedom of movement. You can choose between two lengths and can adjust the mask with a headband. The CE EN166 Class III Face Shield promises protection and comfort.


Now it is up to you which mask you choose to help the world fighting against COVID-19.