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Why wear a Vita Shield Face Covering

                   

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What Performance Certificate does Vita Shield VS2 hold?

Vita Shield VS2 has passed the CWA 17553:2020 (European workshop agreement for face coverings) from the independent test house, Centexbel. During testing, our VS2 face covering filtration efficiency for 3 micron particles was recorded at 98% compared to the minimum pass rate of 70% and passed the air permeability (or breathability) at 319 l/(m2/s) compared to the standard requirement of >96 l/(m2/s). The filtration efficiency test simulated the wearer’s experience of exhaling droplets and aerosol particles that may spread the virus by capturing these when we cough, sneeze or talk. While the air permeability test demonstrates the face covering allows the wearer to breath easily.

The test requires the face covering to be washed and dried after its initial test and then retested, to ensure re-use claims. Our VS2 retained 98% filtration efficiency, showing no reduction in performance.

What is the OEKO-TEX Standard 100 Certification?

OEKO-TEX is one of the world’s best-known independent labels for textiles tested for harmful substances. It stands for customer confidence and high product safety. In the test they take into account numerous regulated and non-regulated substances, which may be harmful to human health. In many cases the limit values for the STANDARD 100 go beyond national and international requirements.

The foam selected for these face coverings has achieved class 1 grading, which means it is suitable for skin contact and for use with babies and toddlers. However, it is important to note our face coverings are available in adult sizes only. Please refer to health authority and government guidance on suitability of face coverings for children and vulnerable people.

Experience and Innovation

The Vita Group has over 25 years’ experience supplying solutions based on materials science to medical and healthcare services. As an existing supplier of protective face coverings, Vita can leverage its technology to provide protective solutions. Our experience of tailoring solutions in B2B markets, partnering customers and delivering quality products in consumer goods supply chains gives confidence of delivering bulk supplies of face coverings to emerging markets.

In our most recent innovation, we have created two versions of face coverings for different requirements and these can be supplied in bulk to business customers. The foam in both possess the same level of chemical purity (minimum volatile organic compounds – VOCs), independently tested and are awarded the highest level of skin contact certification.

Social distancing and good hand hygiene remain the best ways to protect yourself and others against coronavirus. However, many governments around the world now mandate that face coverings are required where social distancing is more difficult to achieve.

Scientific advice shows that well fitted face coverings can prevent exhaled larger droplets and smaller aerosol particles from spreading by capturing these when we cough, sneeze or talk. Evidence suggests these particles can carry a significant viral load that can survive for hours or even days. To be effective, face coverings do not need to be surgical or respiratory grade personal protective equipment (PPE).

Face coverings are mandatory on public transport in the UK and many governments around the world now require people to wear face coverings in public places or where social distancing is difficult to achieve.

Vita Shield Range

Vita Shield – VS1

  • One layer of foam
  • Ergonomically designed for a secure fit that ensures maximum coverage of mouth and nose with minimal gaps
  • Chemically pure (minimum volatile organic compounds – VOCs)
  • Meets the strictest OEKO-TEX standard 100, class 1 certification for skin contact
  • Independently assessed and deemed suitable for inhalation through the product
  • Available in one size that fits all adults
  • Designed to be worn for short periods, reusable and can be washed up to 3 times
  • Suitable for indoor or outdoor use – retail visitors, hospitality venue visitors and many more

Face coverings suitable for indoor or outdoor use – retail visitors, hospitality venue visitors and many more. For more information on VS1 press HERE.

 

 

 

Vita Shield – VS2

  • Three layer design
  • Ergonomically designed for a secure fit that ensures maximum coverage of mouth and nose with minimal gaps
  • VS2 has demonstrated 90% Bacteria Filtration Efficiency (BFE) when tested in accordance with EN14683 (Medical face masks – Requirements and test methods)
  • Chemically pure (minimum volatile organic compounds – VOCs)
  • Vita’s foam meets the strictest OEKO-TEX standard 100, class 1 certification for skin contact
  • Fabric in the Vita Shield meets OEKO-TEX standard 100 for direct skin contact
  • Independently assessed and deemed suitable for prolonged inhalation through the product
  • Available in S, M, L for ideal comfort
  • Designed to be worn for up to 8 hours
  • Reusable and can be washed up to 10 times

Face coverings suitable for indoor or outdoor use – retail workers, commuting on public transport and many more. For more information on VS2 press HERE.

 

For more information, please contact: vitashield@thevitagroup.com

Minimum order: 1000 units

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I put my face covering on safely?

  1. Wash your hands with soap and water (or hand sanitiser) before you touch the face covering.
  2. Raise the face covering to nose level, then place the bands around your ears.
  3. Pull the bottom of the face covering down, over your mouth and chin.

How do I remove my face covering safely?

  1. Wash your hands with soap and water (or hand sanitizer) before you touch the face covering.
  2. Reach back to touch the ear loops. Do not touch the front of your face covering (it may be contaminated).
  3. Lift the loops up, then remove the face covering from your face.
  4. Clean your hands again, using soap and water (or hand sanitizer).

How do I wash my face covering?

Before using your face covering for the first time, wash your face covering and your face – and then wash your face covering after every use. We recommend washing at 60C in a laundry bag and air drying for best results. This temperature is recommended by the WHO (World Health Organisation). Make sure your face covering is completely dry before you use it. Always wash your hands before and after handling your face covering.

Will this face covering help prevent the spread of viruses including COVID-19?

It is a scientific fact that experiments have shown that wearing a face covering properly can significantly reduce the droplets and aerosols ejected from a person’s nose and mouth. When you where a face covering that fits properly, little or no droplets were released into the atmosphere when you cough or sneeze. It is important to wear a face covering properly to reduce the potential spreading of the virus. Many Countries have made the wearing of face covering mandatory, or highly recommended, although views are still being formed. For Country specific guidance we recommend you consider the guidelines issued in your country of residence. Vita Shield  is not a medical device or personal protective equipment (PPE). This product is not packed in a sterile environment.

Can I Return or Exchange my face covering?

Due to hygiene reasons, masks are considered personal items and may not be exchanged or returned for resale. Face covering will be replaced only if defective in description, materials or construction.

Is this PPE?

This is not PPE and does not replace any PPE you are required to wear in your workplace.

What is government guidance?

Please check your government and local heath authority web site for the latest information.

I have asthma, is it safe for me to use?

For some people with asthma, wearing a face covering might not be easy and could make it feel harder to breathe. Please check government and local health authority guidance.

What does the Oeko-tex standard mean?

  1. OEKO-TEX is an independent testing standard for textiles.
  2. OEKO-TEX is one of the world’s best-known labels for textiles tested for harmful substances. It stands for customer confidence and high product safety.
  3. These face coverings have achieved certification for direct skin contact.

Why should I consider a face covering rather than using PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)?

  1. It is vitally important that we keep surgical masks and respirator masks (N95 equivalent) available for the front line medical services.
  2. To support the advice for people to wear masks, in a bid to keep surgical masks available for health and care workers, Vita has produced Vita Shield which is reusable, washable and non-medical face mask.

What is Bacterial Filtration Efficiency?

  1. Bacterial Filtration Efficiency or BFE is a measurement of a face covering material’s resistance to penetration of bacteria. Results are reported as percent efficiency and correlate with the ability of the fabric to resist bacterial penetration. Higher numbers in this test indicate better barrier efficiency.
  2. The French and Belgium standards for community masks have a minimum requirement of 70% BFE.
  3. Vita Shield VS2 has been tested at an independent accredited test centre and achieved 90% BFE

What does Breathability mean?

Breathability is the ability of a material to allow moisture vapour to be passed through the material. The higher the breathability the more can pass through and the more comfortable the face covering is for the wearer.

Disclaimer:

This face covering is provided as is without any guarantees or warranty. In association with the product, Vita (Holdings) Limited makes no warranties of any kind, either express or implied, including but not limited to conditions or warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or of noninfringement of third party rights. Use of the product by a user is at the user’s risk.

Return or Exchanges:

Due to hygiene reasons, masks are considered personal items and may not be exchanged or returned for resale. Face covering will be replaced only if defective in description, materials or construction.

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