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Thousands of face masks cannot be used by Surrey Police because of 'conformity issues'

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Thousands of face masks cannot be used by Surrey Police because of 'conformity issues'

Published by Lettie Buxton at 6:00am 2nd May 2020.

An order of 10,000 face masks cannot be used by Surrey police officers because of "conformity issues" amidst the coronavirus outbreak.

Surrey Police's health and safety team were reportedly not satisfied that the batch of personal protective equipment (PPE) fit requirements.

An investigation is now being carried out into the quality of the masks and the certificates of conformity, which do not need to be provided with PPE but can be requested.

Superintendent Graham Barnett said a percentage of the items had been sent out to store rooms across Surrey and Sussex:

"We're satisfied that any that did go out we managed to recall pretty sharpish.

"Certainly within 24 hours we believe that we accounted for all of those.

"That's not to say that those masks don't give any protection, but we cannot guarantee that protection.

"As you'll have seen last week, I made the decision that we would withdraw a number of masks from the front line from our staff.

"I believe that we have retrieved all of those."

But, he confirmed the force has got "sufficient" PPE for all its staff.